MICHELLE WONG is an outstanding academic achiever in her school days, being one of the few in the nation to successfully pass the Penilaian Tahap Satu (PTS) or the Level One Evaluation in 1996. She was then promoted from Year 3 to Year 5 in her primary education. In her secondary education, she scored 7As in the Penilaian Menengah Rendah (PMR) examination and 8As in her Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM), making her one of the best students for the year.
She decided to pursue a career in law and studied the LLB Degree with the University of London, United Kingdom. She passed with Honours and she proceeded to take the Profession Bar Course and passed the Certificate in Legal Practice in 2011.
She decided to apply for her pupillage at Jerald Gomez & Associates due to its diverse areas of practice and expertise. It was one of the better known firms in the country. She successfully completed her pupillage and due to her outstanding performance, she was offered a position as a Legal Assistant to the Senior Partner. She was admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya in 2013 and was made a Partner of Messrs Jerald Gomez & Associates in 2018.
Michelle started off by attending to general conveyancing, banking and finance, having assisted in all aspects of numerous transactions including sales and purchases, tenancies, bank loans and charges. She deals regularly with various banks and other financial institutions, developers, the land offices in KL and Selangor and the Inland Revenue Board.
Michelle has also assisted the Senior Partner and other Partners in handling criminal matters. She has had conduct of civil suits at courts of first instance through to hearings and trials. She also has been 2nd counsel in the appellate courts, both the Court of Appeal and Federal Court.
Her expertise includes handling land fraud cases, contract, trust, wills, probate and administration of estates, defamation, negligence and matrimonial law. She also has experience in the execution of judgments including handling bankruptcy and winding-up proceedings as well as enforcement of foreign judgments.
She has advised clients in the preparation and drafting of constitution under the Societies Act 1966 and other various agreements including for the sale and purchase of businesses, for governing limited liability partnership and for regulating the conduct of business affairs amongst and within companies as well as business relationships amongst directors and shareholders.
She is a much sought after speaker having given talks to CEOs and business entrepreneurs of an executive coaching organisation and NGOs in which she is actively involved.
Another area of expertise includes corporate conveyancing. She was also involved in the review and negotiation of a power purchase agreement, gas supply agreement, transmission works agreement and engineering, procurement and construction agreements in relation to a proposed development of a 1200 MW combined cycle gas fired power plant and the attendent 500kV transmission works.
Being fluent in Cantonese and able to speak in other dialects, many Chinese-speaking clients feel comfortable communicating with her.
Besides that, she also has keen interests in pro bono work. Her recent involvement was in the Human Rights Commission’s public inquiry into the disappearances of Pastor Raymond Koh and Amri Che Mat, in which she was in the legal team acting for the families.
Michelle was also 2nd counsel assisting in a major shareholders’ dispute in the High Court of Hong Kong. She was appointed by clients together with the Senior Partner to advise and brief the Queen’s Counsel, Mr Douglas Lam, and solicitors of Henry Wai & Co in Hong Kong with regards to the case.
She is in the legal team appointed to assist international clients in various business investments, the most recent in Helsinki, Finland, which involves ongoing discussions with entrepreneurs, city council members and political leaders of different parties.