Talk On Becoming a Barrister in the UK talk session by AAS @ SEGi College Sarawak

KUCHING: The Kuching Branch of the Advocate’s Association of Sarawak (AAS) will be holding a talk session at SEGi College Sarawak on Wednesday, 28th August 2013 at 2pm on the topic of becoming a barrister in the UK and some insights into the study of law there.

A panel of distinguished speakers will take to the stage to talk about this topic and answer questions from the audience. They are, Mr Patrick Maddams, Tan Sri James Foong and Datuk Seri Panglima Sulong bin Matjeraie.

Mr Patrick Maddams is currently the Sub-Treasurer of the Inner Temple, UK and is responsible for the day to day management of the Inner Temple. In England and Wales, the Inns of Court are unincorporated associations that date back to the 14th Century and play the important role of recruiting and training aspiring barristers. Together with the Bar Council and Bar Standards Board, the Inns of Court also perform supervisory and disciplinary functions over student members and hold the exclusive rights to call candidates to practise as barristers at the Bar of England and Wales.

Mr Maddams is placed in the best position to talk about entry requirements to the Inner Temple and will explain the process of training to become a barrister in the UK.

Datuk Seri Panglima Sulong bin Matjeraie is a retired Federal Court judge, the apex Court of Malaysia and has more than 30 years of legal and judicial experience. He was also appointed by the Prime Minister as one of the four eminent persons to serve on the Judicial Appointments Commission since February 2013. 

Datuk Seri Panglima Sulong Matjeraie served as a member of the Malaysian Judiciary for 15 years, commencing with this time as a High Court judge from 1988 to 2007; a Judge of the Court of Appeal Malaysia from 2007 to 2012 and a Federal Court Judge from 2012 until his retirement in January this year. He will share his insights into the lives of judges and the role of the judiciary in general in the administration of justice.

Tan Sri James Foong is also a retired Judge of the Federal Court of Malaysia having served in the Judiciary in the capacity as a High Court Judge from 1990 to 2005; as a Judge of the Court of Appeal Malaysia from 2005 – 2009 and a Federal Court Judge from 2005 until his retirement in 2012. During his time on the Bench, Tan Sri James Foong was also the presiding judge in the Bakun Dam and Highland Towers cases both of which received widespread attention from the media and legal commentators nationally and abroad. Tan Sri James Foong was also the Chairman of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the death of Teoh Beng Hock.

Tan Sri James Foong will talk about admissions to the University of West England in Bristol, UK and discuss with students their lives as international students abroad.

Having these distinguished speakers with high knowledge and vast experience in both the legal and judicial fields presents a rare and special opportunity for students and those interested to pursue a career in law to meet, hear and ask questions on the study of law in the UK as an international student. 

As an added advantage to their Law students, SEGi College Sarawak ensures their programmes deliver mostly UK syllabus as a precursor to the degree programme.

This talk session is also open to the public, especially those who are considering law as their future career path. 

This is the third event jointly organised with the AAS, the previous being a talk in 2012 on entry requirements to the Sarawak Bar and more recently in March this year on the Federal Constitution of Malaysia as part of the AAS’ MyConstitution campaign to educate citizens on their rights and freedoms.

Further enquiries pertaining to the event or Law programme offered by SEGi College Sarawak is obtainable at, by calling 082-252566 or direct walk-in to the campus at 211 Jalan Bukit Mata, Kuching.