Sharmila Sekaran is a Partner in the firm. She 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.
She was in practice for many years, during which time she moved from general litigation practice to specialising in Intellectual Property (IP) law, covering both contentious and non-contentious areas of IP practice, such as litigation and enforcement of IP rights, advising on documentation relating to the transfer, protection and exploitation of IP rights, advising and preparing documentation on advertising and branding, entertainment and licensing, media, new media, broadcasting and telecommunications, as well as franchise.
She left practice to head the Legal and Business Affairs Department of the RIM Group, which includes the Recording Industry Association of Malaysia, Public Performance Malaysia Sdn Bhd, RIM Cop Sdn Bhd and RIM Digital Malaysia Sdn Bhd, as Senior Manager for 5 years. During this time, she was a Drafting Committee Member of the ISP Liability Legislation for the Government of Malaysia, chaired by the Deputy Director General of the Malaysian Intellectual Property Office.
Sharmila joined this firm in 2011 and brings with her a wealth of experience to the benefit of her clients. While maintaining her portfolio in matters involving Intellectual Property, she has resumed a general litigation practice handling among others contractual claims, debt collection and banking litigation, accident claims, as well as family law matter. She is also an Adjudicator with the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration and sits as an Independent Non-Executive Director of a public listed company. She also advises on legal matters for Pentas Seni Pusaka, a company involved in cultural heritage conservation.
Sharmila is a co-founder and the founding chairperson of the non-governmental organization, Voice of the Children, an advocacy group with a mission to promote law and policy reform to ensure that every child in Malaysia is protected and is no longer at risk of violation. In this regard, she advises on a number of Special Task Forces set up by the Government of Malaysia to consider necessary law reform to ensure the protection of children. She is also regularly invited to speak on adoption, citizenship, and rights of children and families both locally and internationally.
Sharmila has also been invited to speak on various topics on Intellectual Property Enforcement and Protection in Malaysia, Singapore, Bangkok and the United Kingdom, as well as on the topics of Data Protection, the Right to Privacy and Justice.