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Speaking at The Young Lawyers Speed Track Legal Practise Management Course 2009

May 27th, 2009 · No Comments

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Last Friday 22 May 2009, I was given a chance to speak at one of the event / training organised by the KL Bar Young Lawyers Committee and Professional Development Committee at the auditorium of Bar Council.

This in fact was my 2nd talk about legal technology in Malaysia. The previous talk was organised by Asia Business Forum. I was asked to speak on “SOLE PRACTITIONERS AND SMALL FIRMS TO COMPETE AGAINST LARGER FIRMS WITH GREATER TECHNOLOGY RESOURCES” in 17 December 2008. (I have yet to blog about it till now).

There are about 80 participants in the Legal Practise Management Course 2009.

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(Source: KL Bar Facebook)

The topic that I was speaking on was “Using Technology in Malaysia Legal Practice“.

I started my speech by telling a fact that apparently one of my lawyer friends told me that there is a law firm in Malaysia still using type writer in preparing their documents. This seems to be a joke.

This has also shown that technology is under-used in Malaysia law firms.

Thereafter, I went on to share in what way on-line and off-line technology can assist lawyers in today practise. In particular, many Malaysian law firms are still not “present online”.

In addition, the legal practise management software is still very new to most of the Malaysian law firms and lawyers. Many lawyers know the advantages of technology but are not willing to invest in it as they are too comfortable in running their legal practise in the old way. Of course, through out my experience, I have also seen some failure example in implementing the legal practise management software, e.g. there is a law firm who bought the full set of system but only end up in using the file opening module.

Through my experience in selling the legal practise management system, usual full set of the system consist of:

1. Client Data Management module (or commonly known as file opening module)

2. Legal Accounting module

3. Document Compilation module

4. KIV or Case Management module

Apart from my speech, the participants also took part in different discussion workshops e.g. Litigation, Conveyancing and Corporate practise workshop, which were conducted by partners from different law firm. I am glad to meet Kelvin Loh Hsien Han, who is a corproate partner from Shook Lin & Bok, one of the largest law firm in Malaysia.

I also met Lai Chee Hoe who is the chairman for the KL Bar Young Lawyers Committe and Chee Hoe has also newly set up his own practice under the name of Chee Hoe & Associates in Tmn Tun Dr Ismail.

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