Jillian Chia Yan Ping Jillian Chia Yan Ping
Partner, Intellectual Property Division

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Jillian graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2005 and was called to the English bar (Lincoln’s Inn) in 2006. Upon returning to Malaysia, she commenced her pupillage in the Intellectual Property division at Skrine.

She was admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya in 2007. Having completed her pupillage at Skrine, she joined as an associate in October 2007 and was made a Partner in January 2014.

Her area of expertise includes advising on data protection laws, in particular regulatory and compliance issues relating to the Personal Data Protection Act 2010.

Her other areas of practice include advising on and drafting of contracts in relation to information technology and e-commerce matters as well as advising on online gaming and gambling. She also handles registration of industrial designs and general advisory work relating to intellectual property rights.

  Further Details  

Areas of Practice

Information Technology, Telecommunications, Intellectual Property, Personal Data Protection

Professional Affiliations

  • Treasurer of the Licensing Executives Society Malaysia (LESM)
  • Committee Member of the Malaysian Bar Council’s Ad-Hoc Personal Data Protection Committee


  • Advocate & Solicitor, High Court of Malaya
  • Barrister at Law, Lincoln’s Inn, London
  • LLB (Hons) University of Nottingham
  • Trade Mark Agent


Personal Data Protection

Jillian regularly advises local and multinational companies in respect of data protection and privacy issues. Jillian’s experience in this area includes reviewing existing global privacy policies and data processing agreements for compliance with local laws as well as undertaking comprehensive data protection exercises to bring client’s internal practices in line with the requirements of the Personal Data Protection Act 2010 (“PDPA”). Some of notable matters include:-

  • Advised and assisted a leading cloud service provider in respect of governmental rights to access and intercept data in cloud service data centres.
  • Advising a well-known social networking provider in respect of privacy and data protection issues such as storage of personal data, transfer of personal data, retention periods etc.
  • Advising several international charitable organisations and non-governmental organisations in respect of data protection issues, including issues arising out of collection of data via websites and reviewing, and amending their privacy policies for compliance with Malaysian laws and drafting data processing contracts for their internal use.
  • Advising a leading healthcare product brand in relation to data protection issues in relation to the provision of the healthcare website provided for its employees. Advising on the required notice and consent provisions.
  • Advising a chemical manufacturing company in relation to their privacy policy and notices with regard to the implementation of their online recruiting platform.
  • Advising on specific governmental regulations in relation to privacy and data protection across various industries including the telecommunications, healthcare and banking industries.
  • Advising an international commercial music streaming service provider and reviewing their privacy policies and end user terms and conditions.
  • Assisting various companies including a leading energy company and an international developer and manufacturer of pharmaceuticals on the development of their SOPs/internal working procedures.
  • Advising multinational companies and several international leading banks and insurance companies on employee monitoring and the data protection policies regarding use of their devices and network by employees.
  • Advising a multinational grocery and general merchandise retailer on conducting investigations following a data protection breach and ensuring their compliance with the PDPA.
  • Drafting and reviewing privacy policies for various companies including an international marketing automation software company and a provider of international relocation services.

Information Technology 

  • Provided ongoing advice to a major global information technology service provider in respect of hosting of its data centres in Malaysia. The scope included advising on various issues including interception powers by regulatory bodies, encryption requirements as well as media and content regulation.
  • Acted for a consulting company in relation to a systems integration and operations agreement with the Malaysian government for the implementation of a nationwide automated traffic enforcement system. Assisted reviewing, drafting and advising the consulting company in respect of the sub-contracts as well as the prime contract with the government.
  • Represented one of the leading mobile network service providers in Malaysia in respect of its IT transformation project, which involved drafting, advising and negotiating the main contract with a prominent international IT vendor.
  • Acted for a major Indonesian Bank in reviewing, drafting, advising and conducting negotiations in relation to the System Licence and Services Agreement with a Labuan incorporated company. This complex transaction involved:-
    1. Licence and implementation of a new system to process the Bank’s daily banking transactions;
    2. Outsourcing of the Bank’s data centre, disaster recovery facility and management services; and
    3. Provision of maintenance services of the licensed system in Indonesia.
  • Acted for a leading international life insurance company in reviewing, drafting, advising and conducting negotiations in relation to a managed contact centre services agreement which involved outsourcing of call centre management services to a leading IT service provider in Malaysia.
  • Acted for a prominent Islamic insurance operator in Malaysia in reviewing, drafting and advising in relation to an IT infrastructure operations management services agreement with a leading IT service provider. This transaction involved the outsourcing of the management of the insurance operator’s IT systems.

Telecommunication Deals

  • Provided ongoing advice to a prominent global domain name provider on a host of regulatory issues from requirements for web hosting, data protection issues and anti-spam/telemarketing laws.
  • Provided ongoing advice in respect of the launch of a new, cutting edge telecommunications device in Malaysia. Advice provided was in relation to a host of issues ranging from certification rules and procedures, competition and privacy issues, consumer protection issues, telecommunications law and import export regulations to review of the packaging, labelling, user guidelines and service level agreements of a novel, cutting edge communications device.
  • Acted for a prominent broadband service provider in Malaysia in reviewing, drafting, advising and conducting negotiations in relation to a collaboration arrangement with a leading television, interactive and multimedia service provider to provide Internet Protocol television (IPTV) and broadband access services as part of a bundled service.
  • Acted for a leading Malaysian telecommunications provider in researching, reviewing, drafting, advising and conducting negotiations in relation to various IT and telecommunications agreements as part of a legal outsourcing arrangement.
  • Assisted in researching, reviewing, drafting and advising on behalf of a leading mobile network service provider in Malaysia in relation to a network access and services agreement.

Other Experience

  • General advisory work on trademarks, copyright, design, patent and trade secrets.
  • General advisory work on online gaming and gambling, including advice on the regulatory framework for organisation of commercial promotions, competitions and contests.
  • Advising on and drafting of contracts in intellectual property related areas e.g licensing, franchising and distributorships.
  • Drafting and negotiations of Internet-based and web-site agreements such as terms of use, cookie policies etc.
  • Advisory work relating to compliance and/or application for licences under the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998.
  • Advising on matters relating to the Consumer Protection Act 1999 and product liability issues.


Authored/Co-authored the following articles/chapters:

Data Protection

  • “New Laws to Protect Personal Data” – Malaysian Current Law Journal (CLJ)
  • Malaysian chapter on “Workplace Data: Law & Litigation” - ABA and Bloomberg BNA treatise, with Siva Kumar Kanagasabai
  • “Personal Data Protection Act 2010 – Recommended Compliance Measures” - Malaysian Financial Planning Council’s (MFPC) Financial Magazine
  • “Updates on the Malaysian Personal Data Protection Act 2010 – Proposal Paper on Guide on the Management of CCTV Under Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA) 2010” - Asia-Pacific News, Computer Law and Security Report (CLSR), with Natalie Lim
  • “Updates on the Personal Data Protection Act 2010- Public Consultation paper on the Class of Data Users” - Asia-Pacific News, Computer Law and Security Report (CLSR)
  • “Personal Data Protection Act 2010 – Recommended Compliance Measures” - Skrine Legal Insights
  • “New Laws to Protect Personal Data” – Skrine Legal Insights
  • “Personal Data Protection Bill 2009” - Data Protection Law & Policy newsletter, with Charmayne Ong

Information Technologies/E-Commerce

  • A Malaysian chapter in the in a publication entitled “Getting the Deal Through- E-Commerce” - Law Business Research Limited, with Charmayne Ong.
  • A Malaysian chapter forming part of an outsourcing comparative analysis in the publication entitled “E-Commerce, Technology and Communication” - Sweet & Maxwell's Journal
  • “Up in the Clouds”- Skrine Legal Insights
  • “Open Source Licensing” – Skrine Legal Insights
  • “Electronic Commerce Act 2006” – Skrine Legal Insights

Other topics

  • “Strategic Trade Act 2010” - Asia-Pacific News, Computer Law and Security Report (CLSR)
  • A Malaysian chapter on in the publication entitled “International Franchising” - Centre for International Legal Studies with Leela Baskaran

Delivered presentations:

Jillian regularly presents at data protection conferences/seminars and at in-house workshops and training sessions. Some notable presentations include:-

  • Speaker at the 4th EDPD (European Data Protection Days), Berlin on ‘The Personal Data Protection Act and its impact on Malaysia’, in 2014
  • Speaker at Asian World Summit’s 4th Annual Data Protection Conference on ‘Consent & sensitive data - The basics and beyond’, in 2014
  • Panellist for webinar hosted by Data Guidance on the ‘State of Privacy in Malaysia’, in 2014
  • Speaker at a seminar organised by Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM) Federal Territory and Selangor, on ‘Personal Data Protection Act 2010’, in 2014
  • Speaker at the Khazanah Tea Talk Series on ‘Overview of the Personal Data Protection Act 2010 and Practical Next Steps’
  • Speaker at Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM) ICT Conference on ‘Personal Data Protection and the Cloud’
  • Speaker at the Affin Boustead Talk Series on ‘Personal Data Protection Act 2010’
  • Speaker at Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA)’s special seminar on cloud computing on ‘Cloud of Doubt- The Practical and Legal Concerns’
  • Speaker at International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI)’s annual conference on ‘Personal Data Protection Act 2010- Keeping Personal Data Personal’


IFLR 1000 2019 Rankings


IFLR 1000 2019 has ranked Skrine as a Tier 1 firm in four practice areas. In addition, eight of our lawyers were listed among the leading lawyers.


Asialaw Profiles 2019 Rankings


Asialaw Profiles 2019 has ranked Skrine as an ‘Outstanding’ firm in seven industry and practice areas. In addition, 10 of our lawyers were listed among the leading lawyers.


Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific 2018


We are pleased to announce that our firm is recognised as a Top Tier Firm in the inaugural Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific 2018. Some of our partners were also listed in the rankings.



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