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CASE(S) OF THE WEEK

GURBACHAN SINGH BAGAWAN SINGH & ORS v. VELLASAMY PENNUSAMY & OTHER APPEALS
FEDERAL COURT, PUTRAJAYA
RICHARD MALANJUM CJ (SABAH & SARAWAK), AHMAD MAAROP FCJ, HASAN LAH FCJ, ZALEHA ZAHARI FCJ, RAMLY ALI FCJ
[CIVIL APPEALS NO: 02(F)-58-09-2013 (A), 02(F)-59-09-2013 (A), 02(F)-60-09-2013 (A) & 02(F)-61-09-2013 (A)]
27 NOVEMBER 2014

LEGAL PROFESSION: Liability as fiduciary - Breach of fiduciary duty - Circumstances in which fiduciary relationships arise - Whether fiduciary duty arose in solicitor-client relationship - Solicitor purchasing for himself property meant to be purchased on behalf of clients - Whether amounting to breach of fiduciary duty - Whether land to be held in trust for clients - Whether fiduciary accountable for profits made in breach of fiduciary duty - Whether fiduciary entitled to restitution of expenditure incurred

LEGAL PROFESSION: Solicitor-client relationship - Whether relationship between first and second appellants and respondents was that of solicitor and client - Elements for determining the existence of and scope of duties in solicitor-client relationship - Express and implied solicitor-client relationship

COMPANY LAW: Separate legal entity - Lifting of corporate veil - Situations where corporate veil may be lifted - Solicitor incorporating company as mere fa├žade to evade fiduciary obligations to clients - Whether lifting of corporate veil justified

CIVIL PROCEDURE: Pleadings - Parties bound by - Court to decide on matter not pleaded - Opposite party not to be caught by surprise - Whether corporate veil of company may be lifted despite it not being pleaded - Evidence adduced during hearing without opponent's objection - Whether could overcome defects in pleadings



PUBLIC BANK BHD lwn. POO LAY CHEW [2014] 2 SMC 293
MAHKAMAH SESYEN, JOHOR BAHRU
NORAZLAN AHMAD HS
[GUAMAN SIVIL NO: A52NCC-165-09-2013]
27 OGOS 2014

PROSEDUR SIVIL: Penghakiman - Penghakiman ingkar - Kegagalan memfailkan perakuan kehadiran - Mengenepikan penghakiman ingkar - Permohonan untuk - Perjanjian sewa beli - Kegagalan membayar ansuran bulanan - Sama ada penyampaian saman dan pernyataan tuntutan teratur - Sama ada peruntukan s. 43(c) Akta Sewa Beli 1967 dilanggar - Sama ada defendan mempunyai pembelaan bermerit - Sama ada penghakiman ingkar teratur - Kaedah-Kaedah Mahkamah 2012, A. 10 k. 3(1)(b)

SEWA BELI: Perjanjian sewa beli - Kegagalan membayar ansuran bulanan - Sama ada terbukti - Permohonan untuk mengenepikan penghakiman ingkar - Penyampaian saman dan pernyataan tuntutan - Sama ada peruntukan s. 43(c) Akta Sewa Beli 1967 dilanggar - Kesahan pengambilan semula kereta - Sama ada kereta masih berdaftar atas nama defendan - Sama ada defendan mempunyai pembelaan bermerit - Kaedah-Kaedah Mahkamah 2012, A. 10 k. 3(1)(b)

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