LEGAL EDUCATION: SPEAKERS

Mr. Tay Eng Siang (Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law, Multimedia University) 

Mr. Tay Eng Siang is a qualified legal practitioner, being admitted to the High Court of Malaya as an advocate and solicitor. He has practised for about seven years in civil, banking & commercial litigation and conveyancing practice. After completing the Master of Laws in 2003, he joined the academic sector. His research interests are in the area of Land Law and Land Dealings, Company Law, Contract Law, and Legal Practice.




Clement Hii Zhi Kang (Multimedia University)

Clement Hii Zhi Kang grows up in Sarawak and is a final student at the Faculty of Law, Multimedia University Melaka campus. He is currently the student advisor for the Peer Tutor Programme in the academic year 2021/2022 at the Faculty of Law, Multimedia University Melaka. In the academic year 2019/2020, he was the Peer Tutor. Mr. Clement Hii becomes the student initiator and Coordinator of the Peer Tutor Programme Administrative Council in the academic year 2020/2021. He had gained some teaching and learning experience in tutoring General Principle of Law, Introduction to Commercial Law, Constitutional Law, Labour Law and Intellectual Property Law for the past semesters. He was also the director of Multimedia University Law Society under the FOL Liaison Division in 2020/2021. His interest in education began as a teenager when he first experienced teaching in primary school. He loves to share his knowledge among his friends and juniors. This is the reason that he dedicates himself to Peer Tutor Programme for the past three years.




Ms. Puteri Sofia Amirnuddin (Senior Lecturer, Taylor's Law School, Taylor's University) 

Puteri Sofia Amirnuddin currently serves as a Senior Law Lecturer, Programme Director for Master of Laws programmes and CIRI Chief Project Officer at Taylor's University. Puteri Sofia Amirnuddin has previously served as a Visiting Scholar at University of Leeds and University of Reading in 2020. She is also a recipient of various awards and accolades for her innovative teaching and learning methods in teaching law using Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Gamification and Augmented Reality. In 2020, she was recognized as 'MIA 70 Rising Personalities on LinkedIn in Malaysia in 2020. In 2021, she became a recipient of Taylor's Distinguished E-Learning Educator Award for transforming students' learning experience and outcomes on virtual platform.




Dr. Rosie Fox (Lecturer, School of Law, University of Leeds)

Dr Rosie Fox is a lecturer in Legal Education at the School of Law, University of Leeds, UK. She completed her PhD in spring of 2020. She is on the Committee of the Association of Law Teachers and researches within the Centre for Research and Innovation in Legal Education at the School of Law at Leeds. Dr Fox's research focuses on visual methods in legal education, support and wellbeing of doctoral law candidates, and inclusive and accessible assessment design. Dr Fox lives in Leeds, UK, with her husband and their cat, Bellamy, and when not working can be found walking by the local canal or playing board games with friends.





Assoc Prof Dr. Harmahinder Singh (Head of School, Taylor's Law School, Taylor's University)

Since 2004, Dr Harmahinder has served 17 years in the higher education industry in Malaysia in the areas of academic leadership and administration, teaching and research. His contributions revolve primarily around Law School leadership roles since 2009 where he has served as Programme Director of the Taylor's-University of Reading Law Twinning Programme from October 2009 to April 2010, Deputy Dean from May 2010 to June 2011 and from July 2011 was officially appointed as the Dean of the Law School (Re-designated as Head of Taylor's Law School from May 2017). In these roles, he has developed, facilitated, and supervised plans, policies and strategies to grow the Law School. He has been instrumental in formulating various teaching approaches for transformational legal education to groom students into individuals who would see themselves as individuals who could effectively contribute to the society. His research interests are primarily in the area of Equity and Trusts, particularly constructive trusts as a tool against unauthorized gain in business transactions; land law; legal education; and Art as a tool to promote the layman's understanding of the law. He has been invited as an expert speaker on legal education on  a variety of occasions at the local and international front. This has resulted in a variety of scholarly and innovative contributions. Dr Harmahinder has as an active invited member of Bar Council Malaysia's Ad-Hoc Committee on the Common Bar Course, a committee set up to study the viability of introducing a common professional entry point into the Legal Profession in Malaysia.




Ms Santhi Latha, (Dean, Rajah & Tann Asia Academy) 

A proactive and progressive professional with more than two decades of work experience, Santhi has focussed her career primarily on education, training and professional development, from the higher education classroom to regulatory bodies and the corporate sector. Santhi's work encompasses insightful designing of high impact educational and training systems, structures and content that focus not only on specific knowledge and expertise, but also on the individual – skills, competencies and mindsets – that allow learners to continue to grow, well past individual learning experiences. Santhi is able to do this from the ground up, and even transform existing learning and development structures to become more current, contemporary and impactful, by setting in place relevant processes and policies, and through the use of efficient and effective technological tools. Actively committed to the development of the legal community in Malaysia, Santhi continues to contribute to the Malaysian Bar through the Innovation & Future of Law Committee – which she spearheaded in 2017 with the goal of working toward the Malaysian Bar embracing legaltech to enhance service delivery and law firm operations, and the Common Bar Course Committee. Santhi is also a member of the Gender, Equality & Diversity Committee of the Kuala Lumpur Bar and the President of the Association of Women Lawyers. Her motto: Learn, so you know better. Then, do better.




Ms Crystal Wong Wai Chin (Partner, Messrs Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill) 

Crystal Wong Wai Chin is a Partner within the Energy, Infrastructure & Projects and International Arbitration Practice Group of Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill. Crystal read law at Cardiff University and the National University of Singapore where she was conferred an LLM in International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution. Crystal has an active arbitration practice throughout the ASEAN region, with an emphasis on electricity, conventional and renewable energy generation, water supply, and complex infrastructure and engineering projects. She is the trusted advisor to clients including utility companies, independent power producers, government-linked companies, multinational companies, and Chinese stated-owned entities. Crystal is a Fellow of CIArb and is on the panel of arbitrators for AIAC. Her numerous committee appointments include being Committee Member of the Arbitration Committee for the Bar Council of Malaysia and Director of the CIArb, Malaysia Branch. Crystal is a frequent contributor to publications on arbitration.




Mr Teh Wai Fung (Associate, Messrs Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill) 

Teh Wai Fung is an Associate in the Energy, Infrastructure & Projects and International Arbitration Practice Group. He read law at Durham University and has been called to both the Malaysian Bar and the Bar of England and Wales. Wai Fung's practice spans both litigation and alternative dispute resolution of international and domestic energy, construction, contractual and commercial disputes. He has assisted in the conduct of domestic and international arbitrations under the rules of the ICC, the SIAC and the AIAC involving energy, utilities and construction disputes, as well as in arbitration-related litigation in the Malaysian courts. Wai Fung has contributed to publications on arbitration, energy law, and the law generally, including the Malayan Law Journal, the Master Builders Association Journal and the Current Law Journal.  




Ms Larissa Ann (Associate, Messrs Azri Lee Swee Seng)

Larissa Ann Louis graduated from University of Reading, UK. She was admitted as a Barrister-at-Law (Middle Temple) in 2014 and to the Malaysian Bar in 2016. She now heads the Pro Bono Unit along-side the managing partner of Azri, Lee Swee Seng & Co. Since then, she has been involved in various constitutional law matters. In collaboration with various community organisations, she has worked extensively on equipping the public with their legal rights. She has represented UNHCR, Human Rights Commission of Malaysia, Bar Council and many NGOs on various human rights issues. She values the importance of getting into the trenches with her clients and tenaciously fighting for them.  In 2019, she was a chosen fellow on the Professional Fellows On-Demand Religious Freedom and Interfaith Dialogue Exchange Program in USA where she represented Malaysia. She now heads the Bar Council's Human Rights Committee Working Group on "Statelessness & Citizenship Rights" and "Young Lawyers Empowerment Series" and often speaks on those issues. She is also actively involved in the "CSO Platform for Reform" under the "Right to Citizenship" Cluster





Charmayne Ong - Partner, Skrine

Charmayne heads both the Intellectual Property (IP) practice and the Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) practice. As a leading figure in IP and TMT legal advisory and compliance, Charmayne has extensive experience in both spaces and has worked with regulators, public institutions and companies of all sizes in shaping the future of IP and TMT. Charmayne's expertise includes managing the registration of and general advisory and drafting work relating to the classic forms of IP rights (trade mark, copyright, industrial design rights and patents). She also regularly deals with regulators and advises clients who provide technology and telecommunications services such as satellite, internet and on-demand content services on complex and novel regulatory compliance and licensing matters. She is also the Malaysian member of the Global Leaders Forum (TMT practice) and a member of the Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM) (for IP and TMT).

 




Sharon Chong - Partner, Skrine 

 Sharon Chong is a dispute resolution partner and her portfolio focuses on aviation disputes, international arbitration, corporate and commercial litigation and arbitration, and insolvency and restructuring. She acts as an advocate in a wide array of cross-border disputes and has appeared at all tiers of the Malaysian courts and in international arbitrations in Asia and Europe. She is the Immediate Past President of the Malaysian Institute of Arbitrators (MIArb) and a committee member of the Young SIAC, where she is the sole representative from Malaysia. Sharon sits as an arbitrator and is on the panel of arbitrators of AIAC, SIAC and KCAB. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK) and the MIArb. Sharon is a member of INSOL International and a founding member of the Malaysia Network of the International Women's Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation, where she is the current Secretary. She is also a faculty member of the Bar Council Advocacy Training Course. 




Serena Lim - Director, Bizibody Technology Pte Ltd, Litigation Edge Pte Ltd

Serena Lim has been a legal technology specialist for more than 20 years. She founded Bizibody Technology in 2000 and Litigation Edge in 2011. Both companies are pioneers in the legal technology and litigation tech space. Before starting Bizibody, Serena practised corporate and real estate law in Singapore and Hong Kong, and served as the Managing Director of Khattar Wong's Hong Kong office. Serena works with law firms and corporate legal teams to identify opportunities for process automation after which she and her team will scope, design or curate and deliver legal automation solutions. Serena also works closely with the Law Society of Singapore, Singapore Academy of Law ("SAL"), the Singapore Judiciary and the Ministry of Law. She has mentored legal tech startups and contributes to the design and delivery of legal tech, eDiscovery, practice management and paralegal courses for the Temasek Business School, SAL and the Law Society of Singapore.

 



Tan Lee Quin - Regional Legal Counsel, Grab

 

Lee Quin is a Regional Legal Counsel at Grab. Her responsibilities include the management of the Intellectual Property portfolio across the Grab Group; since establishing its first dedicated Intellectual Property function more than 5 years ago (and growing Grab's Intellectual Property portfolio over this time frame). She also leads the regional legal support for the GrabFood and GrabAds teams, which translates to providing risk evaluation and business strategy input to stakeholders from a legal perspective. Prior to joining Grab, she was an Associate in the Intellectual Property division at Skrine.




Dr Jesrina Ann Xavier (Senior Lecturer, School of Management & Marketing, Taylor's University)

Dr Jesrina Ann is a Senior Lecturer and Programme Director at the Faculty of Business and Law, Taylor's University. She completed her Masters in Management, with a First Class Honours and PhD in Entrepreneurship Development, at University of Malaya. She has been in academia for more than ten years, lecturing subjects such as Design Thinking, Venture Creation, International Business and Strategic Management. Dr Jesrina Ann is currently supervising and coaching numerous PhD candidates. She is a member at the Malaysian Institute of Management and is a Certified Professional Coach.



Mathew Thomas Philip (founder and Managing Partner Thomas Philip Advocates and Solicitors)

Mathew Thomas Philip is the firm's founder and Managing Partner. He graduated with a double degree in Economics and Law from the University of Adelaide, Australia and was admitted to the Malaysian Bar in 1992. With close to 30 years of experience, Mathew has counselled and represented domestic and international clients in highly complex and contentious civil and commercial litigation. He has completed over 300 trials and handled more than 3000 cases. Mathew is recognised notably for his expertise in achieving practical and effective solutions and has successfully negotiated over 300 settlements during his career, often involving multi-faceted disputes with numerous parties. He regularly advises MNCs and SMEs on litigation risk and represents them in negotiations and execution of strategy.



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