ROBIN CHEOK VAN KEE
+673 233 9 119
Robin obtained a II.i Honours Law Degree from the University of Essex in 1993. In 1994, Robin attended seminars on Advocacy conducted by Jonathan Goldberg, Q.C. covering Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility. In that year, he also attended a course on Alternative Dispute Resolution, Legal Negotiation, Techniques in Advocacy conducted by Professor John Warwick Montgomery M Phil In Law (Essex), Ph.D. (Chicago), Th.D. (Strasbourg), Barrister at Law of the Middle Temple and Lincoln’s Inn, Member of the CA, WA, VA, DC and US Supreme Court Bars, Principle Lecturer in Law, Advocate (Angleterre, Pays de Galles Et Les E-u) Professor De Droit. He became a member of the Inner Temple and was called therein as a Barrister-at-Law, England and Wales in 1995. He was also called to the Brunei Bar in 1995. In 1996 he attended a seminar on Overview on Islamic Banking and Finance by Dato Ahmad Tajudin Abdul Rahman, Managing Director, Bank Islam Malaysia Berhad and Shariah Decision Making Process by Mohd. Bakir Hj. Mansor, Shariah Coordinator of BIMB Institute of Research and Training Sdn Bhd (BIMB).
Robin was made a Commissioner for Oaths in Brunei in 2000. In the same year Robin attended a seminar on Legal Framework of Islamic Banking conducted by Fadzil Yusof, GM, Legal and Secretarial Division (BIMB).
In 2003, Robin attended a seminar on Corporate Governance conducted by Eur Ing Professor Andrew D Chambers, BA, FFCA, FCA, CEng, FBCS, FRSA, FIIA, Chartered Information Systems Engineer, covering issues on Director Duties & Responsibilities, Effective internal auditing, Developments in corporate governance, Development in audit committee practices, the effective board and the effective director, serving boards well. Difficulties in observing the best practice for small/family owned conducted by Mr Kaka Singh, Directors Duties and Responsibilities conducted by Ahmad Basuni Bin Hj Abas.
In 2005, Robin attended the Euromoney Legal Training – course on Due Diligence Course – Expert Course Director, Jorge Guira and also the Euromoney Legal Training, Private Equity and Venture Capital Course conducted by the Course Director, Dr. Jorge Guira. In 2006 Robin became a Euromoney Legal Training Trainer and Speaker on Brunei Asset and Fund Management – Securities Legal, Regulatory & Compliance Issues and has remained an annual trainer for the course.
In 2008 Robin attended a Workshop on Islamic Financing and Contracts conducted by Associate Professor Dr. Abdulazeem Abozaid. Robin is also the author for the Brunei chapter of the international directory “Getting the Deal Through – Mergers and Acquisitions 2008 and 2009”, the first editions of the Brunei chapter.
In 2010 whilst in active practice, Robin obtained his Masters in Islamic Banking, Finance and Management and Finance from the Centre for Islamic Banking, Finance and Management, University of Brunei Darussalam.
Robin was a panel speaker for Redmoney Group in their Islamic Finance News road show in Brunei for 2008, 2009, 2010 a moderator for Singapore 2010.
Robin is one of the youngest Brunei lawyers to be first ranked in Brunei by Chambers and Partners since 2009. The Chambers and Partners Asia-Pacific guide describes that Robin “advises on a variety of contentious and non-contentious matters, and is identified for his experience in Islamic finance”. In 2010, the Chambers Asia Pacific reported that Robin is specialize mainly in corporate and finance work, as well as in funds and financial services regulatory advice. Robin was reported as respected as an expert in corporate law, and in addition handles conveyancing work in the Chambers Asia Pacific, 2011. Market commentators recognize Robin for his handling of corporate matters, while he is also active on real estate. Additionally, he has considerable expertise relating to Islamic finance as mentioned by Chambers Asia Pacific, 2020.
Robin is ranked on Asialaw Profiles as one of the Leading Lawyers for Banking and Finance in Brunei, where his specialist areas and expertise are also described in an analysis by Asialaw Profiles.
Robin is being awarded as the ‘Recommended Lawyer’ by The Legal500 Asia Pacific, 2020. He is also ranked as the ‘Top Tier’ 2020 of The Legal500 Asia Pacific.
Robin is also formally trained as an international and national arbitration lawyer in July 2016, where he attended a Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) accredited course in International Commercial Arbitration conducted by the ASEAN Legal Alliance and Arbitration and the International Dispute Resolution Practice Group. In 2019, Robin was invited by the Bali International Arbitration & Medication Center (BIAMC) to attend the “Advanced International Arbitration Certification Course”. The five-days training course is strategically designed to address advanced topics in arbitration from the perspectives of arbitrators and counsel, including litigators and in-house counsel. It delivered a sophisticated understanding of the most challenging and recurrent issues in international commercial arbitration. Robin having passed the examination after the course is now qualified to apply for fellowship status.
CHRISTINA LIM LI HUI
+673 233 9 119
Christina has extensive experience in Matrimonial Law Practice, dealing with all aspects of Matrimonial Law in addition to handling preventive issues at the beginning of a relationship. Christina is also actively involved in handling sales and purchases and leases of residential and commercial properties. Christina also acts regularly for developers in real-estate development work and deals with a wide range of real-estate developer portfolio in Brunei.
Christina is also ranked in Asialaw Profiles as one of the Market-leading Lawyers for Capital Markets, Dispute Resolution and Litigation, where her expertise is described in an analysis by Asialaw Profiles.
Wendy Chan Poh Lu
+673 233 9 119
In Malaysia, her experience include conveyancing and land dealings, negotiations with individual and corporate clients, developers, statutory corporations and associations as well as preparation and vetting of diverse documents over the usual sale and purchase agreement, sublease agreements, tenancy agreements, joint venture agreement, wills, etc. She has also vast experience in banking security documentation and legal advisory for both corporate and individual financing, for numerous banks in Malaysia such as Malayan Banking Berhad, Maybank Islamic Berhad, Public Bank Berhad, United Overseas Bank Malaysia Berhad, Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia Berhad, RHB Bank Berhad, AmBank Berhad, AmFinance Berhad, Borneo Housing Mortgage, CIMB Bank Berhad, Sabah Development Bank Berhad, AIA Berhad, Hong Leong Bank Berhad.
In 2010, Wendy attended a seminar on Challenges in Conveyancing and Finance Law conducted by Daniel Tan Jwee Peng and was organized by Sabah Law Association. She also attended a seminar on Islamic Corporate Financing and Islamic Legal Document by Muhammad Zahid Abdul Aziz in the same year.
In 2011, Wendy attended a conference on the Journal of Contract Law Conference Commercial Contract Law: Malaysian and International Perspectives conducted by Justice Andrew Phang of Singapore, Professor Michael Furmston, Professor Howard Hunter, Professor John Carter and Dato’ RR Sethu.
In 2018, Wendy attended the National Symposium on Islamic Banking and Finance organized by Association of Islamic Banking Institutions Malaysia (AIBIM) and Advocates Association of Sarawak (AAS) (Miri Branch).
In 2019, Wendy attended the Islamic Finance Qualification (IFQ) course organized by the Centre For Islamic Banking, Finance and Management (CIBFM) in Brunei Darussalam. The course covers Islamic finance from both a technical and a Shariah perspective. According to the CIBFM, it provided “the first international benchmark in the area of Islamic finance”. The course ensured that participants had a firm grounding knowledge of the influence of Shariah in a business context and the Shariah knowledge to hold key positions in Islamic finance and takaful (Islamic insurance) industries. The course covered the syllabus for a certified qualification in Islamic Finance by Raj Mohamad the founder and Managing Director of Five Pillars Pte Ltd. For Wendy, this was a way of calibrating and bench marking her knowledge in Islamic and Financing Banking and Management.
Siti Nurrahmah Binti Haji Jalbah
In November 2019, Rahmah attended the Criminal Law Conference in Miri (Sarawak) organized by Advocates Association of Sarawak (Miri Branch). The conference highlights on several aspects such as the Criminal Trail Process, Art of Cross-Examination, Digital Forensic Evidence, Drug Trafficking Cases, Anti-Money Laundering Act (AMLA) Cases, Criminal Advocacy – Expectation of the Bench and Child Rights – International Conventions Sexual Offences Against Children Act.
In December 2019, Rahmah attended the workshop on Secured Transactions Order (STO) focusing on the Legal Professional Training on Modern Secured Transactions Legal Principles organized by the Monetary Authority of Brunei Darussalam (AMBD). The workshop outlined the key concepts and provisions of the STO, explaining its background and how it can apply in practice. In doing so, draw on the experience in overseas jurisdictions with similar legislation, particularly in New Zealand (on whose legislation the STO is closely modelled).
Rahmah assists Ms. Christina Lim predominantly on debt recovery and uncontentious corporate work. The corporate work entails legal regulatory practice and compliances advisory services for the law firm’s international clients.
Umi Wafiah Binti Haji Wardi
Umi Wafiah Binti Haji Wardi has completed her pupillage under Mr. Robin Cheok’s guidance and has been called to the Brunei Bar in December 2019. She graduated from University Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA) with a 2.1 in Bachelor of Laws & Bachelor of Syariah Law. Umi assists Robin Cheok on civil and criminal litigation.
In November 2019, Umi attended a 3-day Criminal Law Conference in Miri (Sarawak) organized by the Advocates Association of Sarawak (Miri Branch). The conference was attended by many prominent lawyers and judges such as Datuk Harmindar Singh Dhaliwal, Judge, Court of Appeal, YAA Tan Sri Tengku Maumun Binti Tuan Mat and YAA Tan Sri Datuk Seri Panglima David Wong Dak Wah. They shared to the audience their experience on remote and difficult situations in topics such as, “the Criminal Trail Process, Art of Cross-Examination, Digital Forensic Evidence, Drug Trafficking Cases, Anti-Money Laundering Act (AMLA) Cases, Child Rights – International Conventions Sexual Offences Against Children Act” and Criminal Advocacy – Expectation of the Bench.
On 6th December 2019, Umi attended the Regional Arbitration Institutes Forum organized by Arbitration Association Brunei Darussalam (AABD) at the Rizqun International Hotel in Gadong. The objective of RAIF is to serve educational and social needs of members of the arbitral institutes; facilitating the exchange and dissemination of information on arbitral institutes and arbitration as well as promotion understanding and cooperation between the member institutes.
Umi Wafiah is on sabatical leave.