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Ariff Rozhan

, Managing Partner, Ariff Rozhan & Co

Ariff Rozhan describes how Ariff Rozhan & Co is adapting to changing client needs.

What do you see as the main points that differentiate [law firm name] from your competitors?

As a firm that focuses predominantly on disputes, we have less issues of conflicts to deal with, compared to peers in the same category.

Which practices do you see growing in the next 12 months? What are the drivers behind that?

(a)  Forensic Investigation, Actions based on Fraud, dishonesty and corrupt practices, peach of Directors Duties – statute and common law – change in the political environment

(b) Adjudication – increase in use of the Construction Industry Payment and Adjudication Act 2012 (CIPAA) by stakeholders.

What's the main change you've made in the firm that will benefit clients?

Doubled the number of lawyers and support staff in the last 12 month which translates to quicker turnaround/response time to clients, whilst maintaining the same quality of legal services and fees. Our partner William Lim is now also an accredited adjudicator under the Asian International Arbitration Centre (AIAC).

Is technology changing the way you interact with your clients, and the services you can provide them?

Yes – less face to face contact with client – communication via email, skype and other instant messaging services cuts time wasting (for eg travelling) and costs for clients.  It also means makes dealing with clients from outside of Malaysia easier and more convenient.

Can you give us a practical example of how you have helped a client to add value to their business?

In conducting a forensic due diligence exercise and reporting our findings to the Board (in a case where our client (confidential) was concerned with potential misconduct amongst its management), we were able to identify several gaps in our client’s management practices which we believe have now been addressed and rectified by the client.

Are clients looking for stability and strategic direction from their law firms - where do you see the firm in three years’ time?

More diverse areas of practices including non-contentious practice areas.

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