Since 1991, Jerald Gomez & Associates has been providing legal services to our clients in Malaysia, Southeast Asia, Hong Kong, India, China, Japan, the United Kingdom, Australia and the United States.
Our head office is in Kuala Lumpur, with an associate office in Perth, Western Australia and Melbourne, Victoria.
Our clients have vast and varied family, community and business interests in Malaysia and overseas, many of whom have been with us for years, going on to the second and third generation of family and corporate leaders.
We believe that when a matter is of concern to our client, then it is of concern to us and we will bring all our resources to the table to structure an outcome that is in our client’s best interests – by negotiation, discussion, mediation, arbitration, brainstorm sessions, round table conferences, litigation – capitalising on our strengths and experience in strategising best outcomes for our clients.
The firm’s partners, lawyers and support team have years of experience in providing winning solutions for our clients, from international joint ventures, corporate restructuring, management deadlocks, copyright or trademark protection, minority shareholder protection, property development, civil litigation or criminal defence, investigation into corporate fraud, insurance fraud, land acquisition, native title, marital or partnership breakups, custody disputes, property and maintenance, protecting and providing for a vulnerable minor, writing a will, adopting a child, creating a trust to protect family or partnership interests, buying or selling a house, getting or settling a loan, employment disputes, unlawful dismissal, accidents at work or on the road, disciplinary proceedings, to the numerous other issues that our clients may need advice and assistance on, in this journey called life.
Our lawyers also provide community service by representing needy clients on a pro bono basis under the Malaysian Bar Council’s Legal Aid Centres, conducting lectures and seminars and providing training on human rights, criminal defence, domestic violence, family law, to junior lawyers, senior police officers, criminal defence lawyers, and academics nationally and internationally.
WHAT WE DO
The firm’s general litigation practice provides services over a broad base of advisory and litigation work. The matters and legal disputes which come within the ambit of the team’s portfolio include corporate disputes, shareholder and joint venture disputes, hostile take overs, insolvency and corporate recovery, claims in contract and tort, commercial disputes, land disputes, prosecutions under various regulatory statutes including the Trade Description Act and Securities legislation, applications under the Companies Act including for capital reduction or restructuring, planning and rating appeals and land acquisition cases.
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The firms criminal litigation team has in depth experience in areas such as offences relating to armed robbery, assault and battery, capital punishment, criminal breach of trust, cheating, corruption, gang robbery, gaming, grievous bodily harm, habeas corpus applications, money laundering, possession of drugs and theft, amongst others.
The firm handles many Family Law issues for nationals and non-nationals ranging from petitions for divorce (mutual consent and contested), judicial separation, declarations of nullity, maintenance applications for spouse and for children, custody and access disputes, violence restraining orders, domestic violence, adoptions, variation of custody orders, variation of maintenance orders. When a marriage or partnership breaks up, it can be one of the most stressful events in life and you need to have professionals who understand and can advise you on the best way to resolve these issues. Our lawyers have handled Family Law matters for many years and are equipped to negotiate and mediate an outcome that will help you to close this painful chapter and move on as quickly as possible.
The employment law team’s services lie in advisory and litigation work concerning all aspects of employment, labour and industrial law. Advisory work includes advising on proposals and negotiations on employment law aspects of retrenchment and redundancy, closure and change of ownership of businesses, take-overs and mergers, assisting clients in the preparation and implementation of internal disciplinary proceedings involving the preparation of charges of misconduct and poor performance, the requisite notices, and the conduct of domestic inquiries. The department also advises on the drafting of terms and conditions of employment in respect of both individual contracts as well as employee handbooks.
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DATO’ JERALD GOMEZ has been in the legal profession since being engaged in the firm of Dato’ V Muthusamy in Penang in 1983 and then completing his articles under the late Mr. Jeffrey Fernandez and Mr Shahul Amirudin. While working with Mr Fernandez and studying at the University of Malaya, he assisted in criminal defence work and headed the accident (personal injury and property damage) department which had in excess of 2000 files.
DATIN YVONNE RAJ has been in active legal practice in Malaysia since 1991, and in Australia since 2005. She practices in the areas of Civil Litigation, Conveyancing, Family Law,Adoptions, Estate Planning and Migration. She also does counsel work in the Court of Appeal and Federal Court of Malaysia mainly in family, corporate and land matters. Datin Yvonne also heads our associate office in the Melbourne CBD
David Peter is a partner in Jerald Gomez & Associates. He commenced practice in 1995, after graduating from the University of Leicester, England and then clearing his Certificate in Legal Practice in 1994 at a single sitting.
David initially joined this firm as a legal assistant in 1996. Back then he handled civil litigation and criminal litigation briefs. It was during this time he also pursued and obtained a postgraduate qualification from the Chartered Institute of Marketing, United Kingdom
Sharmila Sekaran studied law in the UK and graduated with an Honours Degree in Law and Economics. She was admitted as an Utter Barrister to the Bar of England and Wales, and is a member of the Honorable Society of Middle Temple Inn, London. She was admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya.