Sara Lau Der Yin Sara Lau Der Yin
Associate, Dispute Resolution Division

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Sara Lau Der Yin graduated with an LL.B (Hons) in 2011. She then completed the Bar Professional Training Course in 2012 and commenced her pupillage with Skrine in October 2012. He was admitted to practice as an Advocate and Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya on 1 November 2013 and is a Barrister-at-Law at Lincoln’s Inn.

Further Details

Areas of Practice

Employment & Industrial Relations, Immigration, Trade Disputes, Shipping & Maritime, General Civil and Commercial Litigation, Medical Negligence


  • Advocate & Solicitor, High Court of Malaya
  • Barrister-at-Law, Lincoln’s Inn
  • LL.B (Hons), University of Reading




  • Advised and assisted a wide range of clients including multinational corporations that employ foreign employees in Malaysia or that second/assign such employees to Malaysia, in obtaining the relevant work permits for the employees, as well as dependant passes for such employees’ family members.
  • Advised and assisted in other immigration advisory work including on the employment of expatriates and foreign workers and on the issuance of various types of valid passes for long term stay in Malaysia.

Employment & Industrial Relations

  • Advised various corporations on contracts of employment, independent consultancy agreements, internship and volunteer work agreements, applicability of the Personal Data Protection Act to various employment contracts and secondment agreements.
  • Advised various corporations on all general HR practices including on misconduct, retrenchment and redundancy, employee performance management, employee investigations and disciplinary proceedings, mutual and voluntary separation schemes.
  • Represented (as junior counsel) companies at trials in the Industrial Court, trials, appeals and judicial reviews in the High Court, and appeals in the Court of Appeal level in various areas of employment law, including in respect of dismissal from employment, disputes arising from mutual separation agreements and agency agreements, and on contributions to statutory funds.
  • Advised corporations on all employment aspects of takeover of business, merger of business and in local incorporation.
  • Drafted and reviewed contracts of employment, independent consultancy agreements, agency agreements, nominee directorship agreements, internship and volunteer work agreements, and Personal Data Protection clauses for the same.

Shipping & Maritime

  • Assisted in advising in areas of shipping and maritime law including on definition of vessels, arrest of vessels, arrest of sister vessels, recovery of ship mortgage and trusts applicable to shipbuilding contracts.
  • Assisted in arresting vessels in Malaysian ports for maritime claims and for enforcement of mortgage.

Trade Relations

  • Advised and assisted companies in collective agreement disputes with in-house and national union of workers.
  • Acted as junior counsel in trade dispute cases in the Industrial Court.

Pro Bono

  • Provide legal advice on applicability of Immigration law to foreign volunteers
  • Assisted in representing stateless individuals to obtain citizenship
  • Acted as counsel for criminal breaches of immigration laws

General Civil Litigation

  • Assisted and advised on various areas of civil and commercial laws, including defamation, breach of contract, tort and arbitration.


Skrine Retains Who’s Who Legal Accolade for Malaysia

On 15th May 2017, the Who’s Who Global Awards was held in London, United Kingdom and Skrine was conferred the Award:

Malaysia Law Firm of the Year 2017

Skrine previously received this Award in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.


SKRINE clinches top honours at ALB Malaysia Malaysia Law Awards 2017

On 6th April 2017, the Asian Legal Business Malaysia Law Awards was held and SKRINE was named

Malaysia Law Firm of the Year 2017

SKRINE also bagged 5 other awards


Asialaw Profiles 2017

The Asialaw Profiles has ranked Skrine as Outstanding Firm and particularly highlighting the following practice areas:

Outstanding Firm

  • Competition & Antitrust
  • Corporate/M&A
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Energy & Natural Resources
  • Intellectual Property
  • IT, Telco & Media
  • Project & Infrastructure



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