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Welcome to Sern & Lee

Based in Melaka, Sern & Lee provides a wide array of legal services including advisory and advocacy works in the areas of compulsory land acquisition, real estate litigation, general and civil litigation, criminal litigation, probate and administration, family law and commercial contracts.

The firm takes pride in both the quality of the legal work and the value it provides to its clients. We recognise that the firm’s reputation and future are based not only on legal skills, but also the results achieved for our clients. The firm seeks to offer “big firm” quality with “small firm” efficiency, agility and responsiveness.

In short, the firm emphasises on timely, high quality and cost effective legal services.

Practice Areas

Real Estate Dispute Resolution

Sern & Lee handles all types of residential and commercial real estate litigation for a wide array of clients including:

  1. Lawsuits between purchasers and vendors of real estate
  2. Contractual disputes
  3. Title claims
  4. Landlord and tenant issues involving commercial and residential leases, evictions and breach of contract
  5. Boundary disputes
  6. Nuisance
  7. Trespass
Commercial Contracts
Sern & Lee provides advice on various types of commercial contracts whereby the firm has worked on business deals ranging from straightforward agreements to complex multi-party projects. The firm may act for clients in transactions related to the sale and purchase of movable properties and landed properties, joint venture agreements for developments of real estate, and tenancies or leases of residential and commercial premises. In short, the firm drafts the range of documents necessary to achieve the client’s goals and to preserve and protect the client’s rights.
General & Civil Litigation
The firm represents Plaintiffs and Defendants in diverse matters and provides a broad base of advisory and litigation work. The firm’s portfolio includes contractual disputes, creditor’s right and commercial collections, partner or shareholder disputes and dissolutions, landlord and tenant disputes, tortious disputes and negligence. The firm’s goal is to achieve a satisfying outcome for its clients at minimal costs, time and other resources.

The firm understands our clients’ needs to complete property transactions as swiftly as possible with minimal fuss and difficulty. As such, the firm aims to make the process as stress free as possible by providing fast and efficient service.

In the past, the firm has acted for developers and purchasers of new developments, as well as purchasers and vendors of properties in the sub-sale markets, in the southern and central regions of Malaysia. Given the firm’s extensive knowledge of the property market, the firm has been providing its clients services in the following areas:

  1. Sales
  2. Purchases
  3. Loans
  4. Re-mortgages
  5. Transfers of equities
  6. Entry & withdrawal of caveats
  7. Stamp duties
  8. Real property gains taxes
Criminal Litigation
The firm offers a wide range of criminal defence services for companies and individuals. The firm defends clients accused of crimes such as money laundering, forgery, financial fraud, breach of immigration laws and other white collar crimes. Whilst every criminal defence case is unique, the lawyers at Sern & Lee have the skills that can make a difference, whether by obtaining acquittals or lower penalties.
Land Acquisition
Sern & Lee has a niche practice in the field of compulsory land acquisition under the Land Acquisition Act 1960. The firm has vast experiences in acting for individual and corporate landowners in land reference proceedings in the states of Johor, Melaka, Negeri Sembilan and Selangor, where the firm is usually engaged to challenge awards given by the land administrators. As such, the firm works closely with private valuers and often appear in courts to obtain the best compensation for its clients.
Probate and Administration
Sern & Lee deals with all matters relating to the administration of estates of deceased persons. This includes the drafting of wills, preparing applications for the grants of probate or letters of administration, rendering advice to executors and administrators of estates, and transfer of the property of the deceased to the beneficiaries.
Family Law
The lawyers at Sern & Lee are also well equipped to provide family law advice, negotiation and dispute resolution services. Be it in areas of divorce, custody, maintenance, guardianship or adoption, our highly experienced lawyers are able to resolve complex issues professionally and sensitively with speed and discretion.

Our People

Choo Wei Sern ( Eric )

LLB (Hons.) (Cardiff)
Barrister-at-law (Middle Temple)

Sern & Lee Lawyer Firm

Lee Kuang Chaow ( Tom )

LLB (Hons.) (Malaya)

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Lim Su Ann

LLB (Hons.) (MMU)

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Amirah Binti Safei

LL.B (Hons) International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM)

Our Experience

Our lawyers have offered a wide array of services to our clients in extensive areas, some of the notable cases are as follows below.
  • Acted for the landowners whose lands were acquired for the Maju Expressway (MEX) and successfully argued for additional compensation.
  • Successfully argued for more than 60% increase in additional compensation for landowner of twelve (12) lots of lands in the Melaka heritage zone.
  • Acted for one of the largest Malaysia's conglomerates for land compulsorily acquired by the government in Negeri Sembilan.
  • Successfully argued for additional compensation in respect of lands compulsorily acquired for flood retention areas in Muar, Johor.
  • Successfully negotiated for settlement in respect of lands acquired for the purpose of roads expansion from Ayer Keroh to Melaka city center.
  • Acted for landowners in respect of lands compulsorily acquired for the East Klang Valley Expressway (EKVE).
  • Successfully negotiated for additional compensation involving more than twenty (20) acres of lands for the purpose of the development of a new township in Melaka.
  • Advised and prepared joint venture agreement for a mixed development project in Pahang comprising of 150 units of houses and 50 units of shoplots.
  • Successfully negotiated for a joint venture and acted for the developer in respect of a mixed development in Nilai, Negeri Sembilan.
  • Advised a listed company in respect of acquisition of lands in Nilai, Negeri Sembilan.
  • Acted for landowners in respect of lands compulsorily acquired for the Langat 2 Project.
  • Advised in the sale and purchase of 396 acres of agricultural lands in Johor.

Our goal is to achieve a satisfying outcome for our clients at minimal costs, time and other resources. Feel free to leave a message for us.