A Journey of Discovery
Going to the Palace of Justice in Putrajaya was my favourite activity, for there were many discoveries on every visit. I had the opportunity to listen not only to Mr. Alex Chang’s submission but also to his experience, jokes and kind advice, sometimes, thought provoking. I dare say, if you ask, he will answer. Be willing to learn, and he will shower you with knowledge.
Besides, I also had the opportunity to listen to the legal submissions by many senior counsel and observe the responses of the judges. These to me, are very precious insights into the world of litigation/ dispute resolution. In fact, on my first day of work itself, I was invited to the High Court and attended an argument in chambers. From this alone, I learnt that not every legal argument advanced will be accepted by the judge. For once, I feel as if I am one step closer to being a lawyer and to presenting my case before the judge.
My second favourite activity would be the frequent sharing of meals with Mr Alex Chang and my fellow colleagues. For a very simple reason, that is, Mr Alex Chang always played host for our meals. Everybody likes free meals. Sometimes we have a bite of pizza during a movie night at the office. My farewell was a dinner cum karaoke session after work hosted at the Royal Lake Club.
No Short Cuts
Throughout my month long attachment at Alex Chang & Co, I have made another discovery to never take the shortcut out. When I was given the first file to read, I skipped straight to the written submission, mainly because I thought it was (and it still is), one of the most interesting documents to read. I quickly learnt that every document placed in the file is important; the affidavits, statement of claim, and the notes of proceedings containing the cross examination and so forth. Mr Chang told me that one important aspect of cross examination, is that, questions should only be asked if you know the answers to them. However, until today, I have to admit that I remain a novice when it comes to reading files.
My other tasks include, comparing the provisions in the new Companies Bill 2013 with the existing Companies Act 1965, translation (as most of the documents are prepared in both English and Malay), proof reading, preparing bundles of authorities and some simple legal works. I was also invited to observe an admission proceeding, the speeches were really inspiring. It made me want to strive harder and go further.
Best Working Experience
Despite the long working hours and cold air conditioning, this will remain as one of the best working experience I have had. I have gained so much from this short one month; knowledge, friends, strong arms and perhaps an extra pound.
Hence, I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to everyone in Alex Chang & Co.; Mr Alex Chang, Miss Lim Soo Zee, Ms Janice, Ms Chow, Nor Arifa and Kar Yeen. I would like to make a special mention about Arifa and Kar Yeen. They were always there to lend me a hand whenever I needed one and for being so selfless and patient with me. Thank you Mr Alex Chang, for this invaluable opportunity, for helping me in achieving another milestone and most importantly, for allowing me to have a glimpse of what I want to be in the future.
Rebecca Ong Chi Cheng
University of London