This seminar aims to explore issues relating to assertions of illegality in private law i.e. whether a civil claim is necessarily precluded in face of illegality. The panelists will examine the different approaches to illegality in Malaysia, Singapore and United Kingdom. In particular, the panelists will consider the practical issues with respect to arguing and defending such claims, and the appropriate strategies when illegality is asserted in a civil claim.
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Saritha Devi Kirupalani
Saritha has the experience in advising and handling a wide spectrum of dispute resolution such as shareholders disputes (minority oppression disputes and derivative actions), contractual disputes, arbitration and court action involving construction disputes, insolvency matters, landlord and tenant disputes, defamation, forensic investigation involving the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission and Adjudication proceedings under the Construction Industry Payment and Adjudication Act 2012 (“CIPAA 2012”) are just a few examples of her work experience. Saritha is also a qualified Adjudicator under CIPAA 2012.
Professor Tang Hang Wu
Tang Hang Wu is a Professor at the School of Law, Singapore Management University where he specialises in property, trust and unjust enrichment. In his capacity as a consultant at TSMP Law Corporation, he has acted as Counsel and advised members of the legal profession in Singapore and Malaysia on complex legal issues. Hang Wu has also advised high net worth individuals, banks, trustees, the U.S Department of Justice and international law firms on complex trust issues.
Idza Hajar Ahmad Idzam
Idza Hajar Ahmad Idzam is a partner in the litigation practice group at Messrs Zul Rafique & Partners.
She has practiced exclusively in the areas of defamation & media; corporate & commercial litigation; public & administrative law; clubs & unincorporated associations; land and general property; law regarding land acquisitions; banking law; arbitration; probate and administration of estates. Idza is a Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2019 Recommended Lawyer for Dispute Resolution and was named Future Star by Benchmark Litigation Asia Pacific 2019. She is also listed in Asialaw Profiles 2020.
Lee Shih is a litigation and arbitration partner at Messrs Skrine. He is listed in Chambers Asia-Pacific, Legal 500 Asia Pacific and Benchmark Litigation Asia Pacific. He has acted in various corporate and commercial disputes, fraud-related disputes, and cross-border investigations. He is the Malaysian member of the ICC FraudNet, an international network of leading civil asset recovery lawyers in each country. He is the co-author of Companies Act 2016: The New Dynamics of Company Law in Malaysia.
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