Women Lawyers Conference 2021

Updated: Oct 28

5 days | 4 countries | 31 speakers | Free Access | MBar: 10 CPD Points


The 3rd Women Lawyers Conference will be held exclusively online and aims to provide women legal professionals, in-house counsel, pupils-in-chambers, and law students with a platform to explore, network and learn about different aspects of a legal career. This is a collaboration event between the Malaysian Bar and the Association of Women Lawyers.


To register: shorturl.at/cvKOV


Theme: What is Your Fight Song?


Day 1: 8 Nov 2021

7.00 pm - 7.15 pm

Opening Address: A G Kalidas, President, Malaysian Bar

Welcome Address: Santhi Latha, President of Association of Women Lawyers

Emcee: Cindy Low, Pupil-in-Chambers, Rahmat Lim & Partners


7.15 pm - 7.45 pm

Keynote | Leadership for the Woman Lawyer

Synopsis: To begin this journey, the focus will be on leading rather than following. The goal is to provide insights into how you can inspire other people, make a positive difference to your life and the lives of the people around you. It is crucial that women no longer stand on the side-lines, waiting for instruction and instead, reach out for the limelight and take control. The time has come to know your fight song.

Speaker: YA Dato’ Mary Lim Thiam Suan, Judge, Federal Court of Malaysia

Justice Mary Lim read law at the University of Leeds, UK and graduated with a LLB (Hons) degree. She was later admitted to Lincoln's Inn as a Barrister-at-law. She also obtained her Master of Laws degree from the University of Western Australia. Prior to her elevation to the High Court of Malaya where she sat in the New Commercial Court, her Ladyship served in various capacities at the Attorney General's Chambers of Malaysia. Justice Mary Lim was the first judge of the Construction Court in Kuala Lumpur until her Ladyship's elevation to the Court of Appeal. Her Ladyship is now a Judge of the Federal Court. Justice Mary Lim is a qualified advocacy trainer and has conducted numerous courses on the subject both locally and abroad including at the Advanced Advocacy Course at Keble College, Oxford. She has also delivered many public lectures of both procedural and substantive law, nationally and internationally.


Moderator: Cindy Low, Pupil-in-Chambers, Rahmat Lim & Partners

Cindy is currently a pupil at Rahmat Lim & Partners. She aspires to be an advocate for the marginalised community and hopes to serve the society in the future by establishing her own NGO. During her previous role at a constituency office, she has successfully solved various local community issues with the team. She has a sweet tooth and enjoys baking.



7.45 pm - 8.30 pm

Plenary #1 | It is Time to Stand Out | No Doubt, No Fear, No Shame

Synopsis: How often have you been told that you are not good enough or smart enough or just `not enough’? Why the self-imposed and societal censorship? Has that sometimes meant that instead of reaching out to achieve something you want, you have paused – suddenly doubtful and uncertain? Has that meant you have built a cage to keep yourself small? It is time to understand that you have what it takes to achieve your goals. Are you going to fail sometimes – yes. But more importantly, are you going to succeed sometimes – absolutely, yes. It is time to build a common and fearless language to speak out, even when there is doubt, fear, or even dread.

Speaker: Lavinie Thiruchelvam, Founder & CEO, Babydash.com.my

Lavinie holds a law degree from Bristol University and after completing her Masters in Finance Law from The London School of Economics & Political Science, she worked as a banker with the then ABN Amro for a couple of years before realizing that she wanted to follow her passion and become an entrepreneur. She then founded and ran The Dance Space (a leading dance management company in Malaysia) for over 10 years before starting Babydash.

Moderator: Cindy Low, Pupil in Chambers, Rahmat Lim & Partners


8.30 pm – 9.00 pm & 9.00 pm - 9.30 pm (There will be 2 sessions of 30 minutes and participants will be required to attend both sessions)


Breakout #1 | Leverage Your Female Instincts | Negotiation Skills

Synopsis: Successful negotiators always have the necessary skills needed to negotiate effectively and achieve their desired outcomes. Take away at least one effective negotiation skill that leverages on your instinct so you can achieve positive outcomes when you negotiate.

Speaker: Shanti Abraham, Advocate & Solicitor, Shanti Abraham & Associates

Shanti has been a lawyer for more than 25 years. She is also an international mediator, arbitrator and adjudicator. Her work ranges from corporate work to dispute resolution domestically and across borders. She is passionate about effective and authentic problem solving and trains mediators and advocates globally.


Moderator: Vilasini Vijandran, Advocate & Solicitor, Shook Lin & Bok

Vilasini graduated from the University of Reading in 2016 and was admitted to the Bar of England and Wales in 2017. She was called to the Malaysian Bar in 2018. She is currently practicing in the Litigation Department at a firm in KL, specialising in family law matters. She is currently a member of the Bar Council's Human Rights Committee, Women's Rights Committee and the KL Bar's Gender Equality and Diversity Committee. She is passionate about women’s rights issues and hopes to continue to empower young women from all walks of life.


Breakout #2 | Leverage Your Female Instincts | Strategic Thinking

Synopsis: Take away at least one insight or tool to help you bridge the difficult gap between rational strategy development and real-life execution. Learn to balance the rational with the emotional (who you may be) and build your capability to think and act strategically.

Speaker: Fiona Bodipalar, Advocate & Solicitor, Bodipalar Ponnudurai De Silva Advocates & Solicitors

Fiona is a formidable litigator known for her ability to turnaround a case in record time and is an astute legal solutions scientist. Fiona’s knowledge and experience has led to clients seeking her advice on corporate transactions that require a lawyer who is attuned to thinking out of the box. She thrives on adversity and is known for her ability to track down evidence and make a case where every other lawyer has said there is none.


Moderator: Trishelea Ann Sandosam, Advocate & Solicitor, Skrine

Trishelea is a maritime lawyer and a Partner at SKRINE. She holds a LL.M (Maritime Law) from University College London, where she was a Chevening Scholar. She is the Secretary of the International Malaysian Society of Maritime Law and member of the Malaysian Bar Council’s Sh