Sara Lau Senior Associate

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

Overview


Sara is a senior associate 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
  • Maritime and Shipping
  • Professional Liability
 

  • Drafting, reviewing, revising contracts of employment, employment handbooks, employment policies, data and privacy policies, collective agreements, show cause letters, warning letters, dismissal from employment letters, and redundancy letters.
  • Provided immediate practical written and verbal advice and management strategies to corporations and companies involving summary termination, medical boarding out, poor performance, retrenchment, mutual separation agreements, compliance with labour law and practice.
  • Advised a large pharmaceutical company on the legal implications of engagement of and status independent contractors.
  • Advised an airport management company on the restructuring of its employment organisation due to a redundancy.
  • Advised, assisted and provided support in relation to employees and employment law concerns in transfer of business and share acquisition including in relation to preparing due diligence reports.

  • Assisted and acted as junior counsel 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 as junior counsel for a statutory body in a judicial review pertaining to the implementation and execution of public salary schemes.
  • Assisted and acted as junior counsel 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.
  • Independently advised, assisted and acted as junior counsel for a statutory body in a judicial review pertaining to the dismissal of an employee for fraudulent conduct.
  • Independently advised, assisted and represented a Port in Malaysia in relation to the dismissal of an employee of misconduct.
  • Assisted and acted as junior counsel for an expatriate employee who was denied remuneration payments in breach of a termination agreement.
  • Assisted and acted as junior counsel for a large advertising company in relation to the dismissal of a high-ranking employee during probation.
  • Assisted and acted as junior counsel for a MNC in a judicial review of the Minister of Human Resources’ decision to refer an unfair dismissal claim to the Industrial Court for adjudication.
  • Advised and assisted companies in collective agreement disputes with in-house and national union of workers.
  • Acted as junior counsel in trade dispute cases in the Industrial Court.

  • 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 as junior counsel for 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.

  • Assisted in advising in areas of shipping and maritime law including on definition of vessels, arrest of vessels, arrest of sister vessels, recovery of ship mortgage and trusts applicable to shipbuilding contracts.
  • Assisted in arresting vessels in Malaysian ports for maritime claims and for enforcement of mortgage.
  • Advised a foreign multi-national bank on the arrest of a Vessel due to failure to make mortgage payments, including handling and managing the arrest of the Vessel, her crew and her subsequent sale process.
  • Advised a foreign multi-national bank on the issue of abandonment of vessel by her crew.

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

  • 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.