Sara Lau Partner

Contact
T +603 2081 3999 ext 919
E sara.lau@skrine.com
 

Overview


Sara is a partner in the firm’s Employment practice. She acts in both employment disputes and also advises on corporate employment matters. She has experience in all levels of courts in Malaysia, including the Industrial Court, High Court, Court of Appeal and Federal Court. She is also very experienced in immigration employment work, including the employment of expatriates and foreign workers in Malaysia.
 
Her other areas of practice include maritime and shipping, civil and commercial law, and medical negligence.
 

Key Practice Areas

  • Employment Disputes
  • Employment Advisory and Compliance
  • Immigration
  • Civil Litigation
  • Professional Liability
 

  • Advised and acted for a national development financial institution in an unjust dismissal claim filed by its former CEO for breaching internal policies and procedures.
  • Independently advised and acted for a Singapore public-listed company in an unjust dismissal claim filed by the employee following termination from employment for breaching various suspension orders including by way of trespass, theft and intimidation.
  • Successfully and independently advised and acted for a Port in Malaysia in a judicial review of an award of the Industrial Court in relation to the dismissal of an employee for misconduct.
  • Successfully acted for an MNC in the IT Industry in unjust dismissal claims filed by its employees following retrenchment from employment.
  • Assisted and acted for an MNC in the insurance industry on the termination of agency agreements wherein the agents alleged themselves to be employees of the MNC.
  • Assisted and acted for a large advertising company in relation to the dismissal of a high-ranking employee during probation.
  • Assisted and acted for companies in trade union and Collective Agreement disputes.
  • Successfully and independently advised, assisted and acted for a statutory body in a judicial review pertaining to the dismissal of an employee for fraudulent conduct.
  • Successfully assisted and acted for a statutory body in a judicial review pertaining to the implementation and execution of public salary schemes.
  • Successfully assisted and acted for a statutory body in a judicial review pertaining to the dismissal of an employee for divulging secret data to third parties for personal gain.
  • Successfully assisted and acted for a statutory body in a judicial review pertaining to double jeopardy punishment.

  • Drafting, reviewing and localising Contracts of Employment (for various categories of employees including non-executive, executive, management and directors, permanent and fixed term, foreign and local), Employment Handbooks, Collective Agreements and all other types of employment policies governing the employment relationship.
  • Advising on and drafting all employment documentation pertaining to misconduct and termination of employment including Show Cause Letters, Warning Letters, Dismissal from Employment Letters, Redundancy Letters, and Deeds of Release.
  • Drafting, coordinating and advising on Voluntary Separation Schemes, Mutual Separation Schemes and Separation Agreements.
  • Drafting Data & Privacy Policies, Confidentiality Policies, Restrictive Covenants, intellectual property and confidential information clauses and Non-Disclosure Agreements in accordance with applicable law.
  • Providing immediate practical written and verbal advice and management strategies to corporations and companies involving summary termination, medical boarding out, poor performance, retrenchment, separation, compliance with labour law and practice and the legal employment status of independent contractors.
  • Coordinated investigations and interviews into allegations of misconduct including in relation to internal fraud, theft of confidential information and intellectual property and sexual harassment.
  • Performed reviews of Anti-Corruption and Anti-Bribery policies, whistleblowing policies, anti-retaliation policies, codes of conduct, open door policies and providing advice on internal fraud management in high profile and highly sensitive matters.
  • Advised, assisted and provided support to corporations and companies in relation to employees and employment law concerns in transfer of business and share acquisition.
  • Providing advice and assistance on international work authorisations, obtaining of immigration work visas and employment of expatriate and foreign individuals.

  • Represented as junior counsel for a doctor in a Malaysian Medical Council Inquiry on a comment made in his medical report on the conduct of another doctor.
  • Acted and represented as junior counsel for a doctor in a medical negligence claim relating to spinal surgery.
  • Acted as junior counsel for a doctor in a medical negligence suit in the High Court relating to kidney failure.
  • Represented a doctor in a Malaysian Medical Council Inquiry in relation to medical malpractice.

  • Advised and assisted a wide range of clients including multinational corporations that employ foreign employees in Malaysia or that second/assign such employees to Malaysia, in obtaining the relevant work permits for the employees, as well as dependant passes for such employees’ family members.
  • Advised and assisted in other immigration advisory work including on the employment of expatriates and foreign workers and on the issuance of various types of valid passes for long term stay in Malaysia.
  • Provide pro bono legal advice on applicability of Immigration law to foreign volunteers.
  • Assisted in representing stateless individuals to obtain citizenship.
  • Acted as counsel for criminal breaches of immigration laws.

  • Assisted and acted as junior counsel for a Member of Parliament in a defamation matter involving a defamatory article published in a renowned local newspaper.
  • Assisted and acted as junior counsel for a GLC in relation to breach of contract in delivery of rice.
  • Independently managed and handled a trial matter pertaining to the existence of a contract for services.
  • Assisted and acted as junior counsel for a corporation seeking to set aside an Arbitration Award.
  • Assisted and advised clients in relation to debt recovery.
  • Assisted and acted as junior counsel for a company in relation to a pre-action discovery application.

Qualifications:
  • Advocate and Solicitor, High Court of Malaya (2013)
  • Barrister-at-Law (Lincoln’s Inn) (2012)
  • LL.B (Hons), University of Reading (2011)

Publications:
  • Co-author, Malaysian Civil Procedure, Sweet & Maxwell, 2017.
  • Co-author, Malaysian Chapter, International Comparative Guide to Corporate Immigration, 2017.
  • Co-author, Malaysian Civil Procedure, Sweet & Maxwell, 2015.
  • Co-author, Malaysian Civil Procedure, Sweet & Maxwell, 2013.
  • Author, “A Remedy for Transgression – A Global Discussion”, Skrine’s Legal Insights.
  • Author, “The Doctrine of Non-Delegable Duty of Care”, Skrine’s Legal Insights.
  • Author, “Old Wine in New Wineskin”, Skrine’s Legal Insights.
  • Author, “Hello? Is this Thing On?”, Skrine’s Legal Insights
  • Contributor, Practical Law Global Guides – Doing Business in Malaysia 2020 (Employment & Immigration)
  • Contributor, Practical Law Global Guides – Doing Business in Malaysia 2021 (Employment & Immigration)
Talks:
  • Panellist and Speaker for Skrine Webinar, Employment in the time of Covid-19: Part 2
  • Panellist and Speaker for Skrine Webinar, Covid-19 & The Future of Work
  • Panellist and Speaker for Skrine Webinar, Covid-19 Pandemic: Government’s Attempts to Reduce the Impact – How Effective Would They Be?
  • Panellist and Speaker for EUMCCI Biz Talks, Employment in the Time of Covid-19
  • Emcee and Moderator for MSLSSL Employment Virtual Conference 2020 – Covid-19: Coping with New Realm of Realities
  • Speaker for Damansara Utama Methodist Church BizConsult Webinar – Surviving Lockdown: Measures for Employers
  • Speaker for MySeminars Medico-Legal Webinar Series 2020 – In Times of a Pandemic: The Infectious Diseases Act & Covid-19
  • Speaker for Earthworm Foundation Seminar - Child Rights in the Palm Oil Industry.