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Bar Council seeks to tighten rules on handling of clients’ money

Under a proposed move to tighten the rules governing handling of clients' accounts, lawyers may soon find it hard to withdraw money from these accounts.

Relook at other fee guidelines

FOLLOWING in the footsteps of the Singapore Medical Association, some other professional bodies here are looking at their own fee guidelines to see if they contravene the Competition Act.

Protecting the client Law Society’s new controls to keep lawyers from stealing cash

THE Law Society has moved a step closer to tightening controls to safeguard the money clients hand over to lawyers, in the wake of the disappearance of lawyer David Rasif who absconded with millions.

Lawyer ‘ran off with RM23m’

THE owner of a law firm is suspected of absconding with more than S$10mil (RM23.1mil) of clients' money in what could be the largest case of misappropriation by a lawyer in Singapore.

Warning to lawyers on offering of discounts

Lawyers have been warned that stern disciplinary action can be taken against them if they offer discounts on legal fees for drafting hire purchase agreement.

Deal not legal though signed before lawyer

If a lawyer is present, the deal should be above board. Right? Wrong.

Bar Council: Market-driven fees ‘unfair’ to housebuyers

A market-driven fee scale will not benefit the public as a lawyer is hired based on how cheap his fee is and not on whether he is the best person for the job, Bar Council vice-chairman Yeo Yang Poh said.

Ex-parish priest paid RM1.89mil in cash for apartment

WHEN Joachim Kang bought the S$835,000 (RM1.89mil) Teresa Ville apartment he jointly owns with his former parishioner, Mabel Chia Li Ling, he introduced her as his 'niece' and paid for it in cash.

Housebuyers told to appoint own lawyers

All housebuyers should appoint their own lawyers, Bar Council of Malaysia president Kuthubul Zaman Bukhari said.

Life in the legal field

Another long day in court, another hard case won - so goes a good number of television drama scripts. In real life, however, things are not as simple as that, says lawyer Latheefa Koya, 30.