Pleadings: The Building Blocks of a Civil Litigator’s Practice

24 Nov 2020 - Tue / 1 day / 3:00pm - 5:00pm / CPD Live webinar on Zoom

This CPD Live webinar will look into pleadings.

Highlight: Registration will open once the circular has been issued
Law Student: RM 0
Member: RM 20
Non-Member: RM 60
Pupil in Chambers: RM 0
Organisers: Bar Council

CPD Points: 2
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Upon successful registration, a link to the CPD Live webinar will be emailed to registered participants only. Registration will close at 3:00 pm, on 23 Nov 2020 (Monday).

No additional registration will be accepted once the closing date has passed, or if the CPD Live webinar is full.

The CPD Department may not permit future registration if you fail to attend a CPD Live webinar after registering unless you provide an acceptable and valid reason(s).

“This is a court of law young man, not a court of justice.”
— Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

So it is with pleadings.

What may sometimes be described as an exercise in self-loathing, pleadings confuse, frustrate and endear us, oftentimes simultaneously. This CPD Live webinar, targeted at junior practitioners, will attempt to shed light on essential elements that ought to be in one’s pleaded case. It will also delve into several fundamental aspects that one must consider even before putting pen to paper.

This CPD Live webinar will address the following:

Preliminaries — getting to grips with your client;
Notes and minutes;
Charting your course;
Understanding your case and seeing it in your mind’s eye;
How and what do you plead — a case study;
Stylistic cues and readability;
“Measure twice, cut once”;
“Don’t over-egg the pudding”;
Order 18 and Order 20 of the Rules of Court 2012;
Essential elements in defence;
Interlocutories — amending your case;
Appeals and a discussion with regard to Asia Pacific Higher Learning [2020] 2 MLJ 1; and
Questions from participants.

If you have been in practice for less than 3 years and have heard the dreaded words “Where is it in your pleaded case?” escape a judge’s lips (whilst you say a silent prayer), then this CPD Live webinar may be for you. Join us as we attempt to cut the Gordian knot that is one’s pleaded case.


Gavin Jayapal graduated from the University of Leeds and is a Barrister-at-Law of the Middle Temple. He also holds a Masters in Law degree from the University of Malaya.

Gavin’s primary area of practice is civil and commercial litigation. He runs a boutique practice in Petaling Jaya and issues pleadings on a near-daily basis, oftentimes to his three dogs who are obstinate and incorrigible, at the best of times.

Gavin regularly appears at the High Court, Court of Appeal, and Federal Court.

Terms and Conditions

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Any unregistered person may be removed without prior notice, and no CPD point will be awarded. Failure to adhere to this may result in disciplinary action by the Bar Council.


Event Policy

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  • Full refunds will be issued if the event is cancelled or postponed by the organiser due to some circumstances.
  • No refunds for this course. However substitution is allowed.

The organiser reserves the right to modify, cancel or postpone the event, should circumstances arise that make such action necessary, whereupon all registration fees paid will be refunded.


You are allowed to transfer your place to another participant, but you must notify the organiser with the necessary details.


CPD points will not be awarded to lawyers and pupils in chambers from Peninsular Malaysia who arrive more than 15 minutes late, are not present throughout the event, or leave before its scheduled end.


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