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A Century of Shearn Delamore & Co.
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As one of the oldest law firms in Malaysia, Shearn Delamore & Co.’s vibrant history represents an unbroken chain of resilience over its existence. Here is a summary of the firm’s milestones spanning the last century.

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Present - 2005

Our Firm has again won the award for Malaysian Law Firm of the Year by the Chambers Asia Pacific 2014.

Our Firm has won Chambers Asia Pacific Awards - Malaysian Law Firm of the Year for two consecutive years (2012 & 2011).

The introduction of 6 specialised practice group: Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement, Energy, Natural Resources and Green Technology, Environmental, Infrastructure and Projects, Competition Law and Antitrust and Personal Data Protection and Privacy Laws.

The establishment of Regional Desks which facilitate and attend to proposals and enquires emanating from the respective regions in the world.

The appointment of Robert Lazar as our Managing Partner.

With Wong Sai Fong as Managing Partner, Shearn Delamore & Co. is one of the largest Malaysian firms providing a comprehensive range of legal advice and representation across a broad spectrum of commercial and business activities.

Dato’ Ahmad Johari bin Abdul Razak, Tee Joe Lei and Fiona Sequerah re-join the firm and are admitted to the partnership.

Shearn Delamore & Co. celebrates its 100th Anniversary. Five assistants are admitted to the partnership.

2004 - 1982

Eight assistants are admitted to the partnership in 2003, two in 2004.

Shearn Delamore & Co. hosts the World Law Group’s 30th Conference in Kuala Lumpur. The Firm is the only Malaysian law firm to be invited to join the World Law Group.

Dato’ V. L. Kandan, S. Woodhull, V. T. Nathan, Dato’ Rahmat Jamari, and Wilfred Abraham retire from the partnership. Eleven assistants are admitted to the partnership. It is the largest number of partners to be admitted at any one time.

The Firm outgrows the Benteng building and moves to its present premises at Wisma Hamzah-Kwong Hing, No. 1 Leboh Ampang, Kuala Lumpur.

Shearn Delamore & Co. closes its Seremban office.

A branch office is set up on the island of Penang.

1963 - 1953

Malaysia is formed, comprising the states of the Malay Peninsula, the states of Sabah and Sarawak on the island of Borneo, and, briefly, Singapore.

Chan Hua Eng and Mahadev Shankar were the first Malayans to be admitted to Shearn Delamore & Co.

Shearn, Delamore & Co. moves to No. 2 Benteng, Kuala Lumpur.

Malaya gains independence from the British.

Shearn, Delamore & Co. moves to the Barlow Building, Ampang Road.

Shearn, Delamore & Co. amalgamates with Drew & Napier and commences practice at the Oriental Building, Malacca Street.

1947 - 1922

The Malayan Bar Council is established.

Shearn, Delamore & Co. reopens. It also opens an office in Seremban.

The firm’s practice is temporarily disrupted because of the Second World War and the Japanese Occupation of Malaya.

Shearn, Delamore & Co. moves to No. 66 Ampang Road, Kuala Lumpur.

Pooley & Co. and Ford & Delamore merge to become Shearn, Delamore & Co. at No. 68 Klyne Street, Kuala Lumpur.

E. D. Shearn becomes a partner in Pooley & Co.
P. B. Ford and A. W. Delamore become partners and Ford & Delamore is formed.
It opens a branch office at No. 60 Klyne Street, Kuala Lumpur.

1921 - 1896

E. D. Shearn joins Pooley & Co. as an assistant.

A. W. Delamore joins Ford & Co. as an assistant.

Pooley & Co. moves to No. 68 Klyne Street.
P. B. Ford leaves Pooley & Co. and establishes his own practice at No. 22 Station Street, Klang.

P. B. Ford joins Pooley & Co. as an assistant.

Pooley & Co. is formed in Kuala Lumpur at No. 74 Klyne Street.

The Federated Malay States is established under British rule and professional lawyers are first allowed to appear as advocates and solicitors.

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