AskTML: Productivity hacks for working professionals

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Since we launched The Malaysian Lawyer in October 2015, we’ve received a steady stream of requests to feature or write about particular topics.

We’ve decided to start a series called AskTML, and invite readers to submit questions on anything related to legal practice. You can submit your questions via any of the following methods:

  • Leaving a comment in the comments section of any AskTML post.
  • Tweeting us at @imleesh or @vangeyzel with the hashtag #AskTML.
  • Sending a LinkedIn message to Lee Shih or Marcus.

We look forward to receiving your questions!

To kick off the series, this post answers a question which we’ve been asked many times — “What are some productivity tips or hacks that you use in your day-to-day legal practice?”

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Tips from the BurgieLaw Startup Legal Conference

I spoke at the BurgieLaw Startup Legal Conference 2016 at MaGIC, Cyberjaya. It was an interesting and lively conference, bringing together startups and investors.


I have uploaded a copy of my presentation slides. I spoke on ‘Limiting your Liability’ and how to manage it at the start of your business and when doing business. So the first half of my talk was on the different business vehicles that can be utilised, in particular, choosing between using a company or a limited liability partnership for your business.


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1MDB – USA vs The Wolf of Wall Street: The TL;DR version

Kleptocracy: a government where those in power have stolen from the rest of people to make themselves rich. This term gives an indication of the circumstances surrounding the misappropriated funds of 1MDB.


The US Department of Justice announced that it initiated court actions to take back more than RM4 billion in assets linked to an international conspiracy to launder money stolen from 1MDB. This was under the US Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Initiative.

When the news broke and after the filing of the court action, the Wall Street Journal uploaded the court papers for one of the court actions. It is a 136-page document and I set out below the summary of the allegations set out in the US court action. Continue reading

A Grand Slam: The Sports Law Association of Malaysia

The Malaysian Lawyer interviewed Richard Wee, sports lawyer and Deputy President of the Sports Law Association of Malaysia. We wanted to find out more about the area of sports law and of this new association. There are lots of exciting plans for the future and it looks like the development of sports law can only skyrocket.


First of all, congratulations on being elected as Deputy President of the Pro-Tem committee of the Sports Law Association of Malaysia (SLAM).

Can you share with us what factors led to the formation of SLAM?

Thank you for your warm wishes. It is indeed a great honour to be elected by my fellow peers to lead SLAM as deputy president. We hope to create a platform for interested parties to explore the frontiers of sports law in Malaysia. Under Datuk Dr Sundra Rajoo’s leadership, I am confident that the objectives of SLAM, particularly the aspiration that one day Malaysia becomes the sports law hub of this region, will be a reality.

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Reflections of a first-time law intern

Guest writer Wong Yen Ni shares her thoughts on law firm internships. She spent June at Donovan & Ho, and is spending July at Peter Ling & van Geyzel, ahead of entering her second year of law at The University of Leeds.

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Yen Ni looking bright and chirpy. This may have been taken before she started her internships.

If you told 16-year-old me that I would be writing an article on legal internships, I would probably have laughed at the absurdity of it, and given you my assurance that I would not go anywhere near the subject of law. But the forces of the universe conspired in special ways to ensure that the exact opposite happens.

Before my enlightenment, I had earnestly vowed not to read law because I felt that it was simply not for me. I found it difficult to imagine finding a sense of belonging in such a seemingly daunting, unforgiving place that did not seem to resonate with my aspirations and personality. I felt that it was hard to be individualistic in a place where everything seemed so rigid and matter-of-fact.

However, I soon discovered that this image of the legal industry that I had constructed so prematurely did not do justice to what it truly embodied, and that I could not be more wrong in my initial thoughts. It turns out that not every lawyer you meet has it all figured out, nor had the ultimate dream to be a lawyer in the first place. And the law, multi-faceted as it is, only grows more interesting with each encounter.

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