Ezane

EZANE CHONG

Partner
Ariff Rozhan & Co
+60 (3) 6411 4018

PRACTICE AREAS

  • Family
  • Private Client
  • Commercial and Civil Litigation

CAREER

Ezane is an Advocate & Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya and a Barrister-at-Law (England & Wales) and has over 20 years of post-qualifying experience.

Before she joined Ariff Rozhan & Co (ARC) in April 2016, she was a partner at Skrine, one of Malaysia’s largest law firms, where she trained as a pupil and practiced for 14 years.

Ezane focuses largely on family law and private client work, though she also has extensive experience in civil and commercial litigation. She has represented clients in a variety of industries at all levels of the judicial process and has accumulated a number of reported cases in the Malaysian and English law journals.

Ezane is one of only three family lawyers from Malaysia to be elected as a Fellow of the prestigious International Academy of Family Lawyers (IAFL), a worldwide association of practicing lawyers who are recognised by their peers as the most experienced and skilled family law specialists in their respective countries. She currently sits on the Academy’s Nominating Committee.

She has given evidence as an expert on Malaysian Family law for English and US courts on a number of occasions and is often sought after by foreign law firms to advise on Malaysian Family law in cross-border disputes.

Ezane was the exclusive (Malaysian) recipient of an International Client Choice Award for Litigation in Malaysia (2015). Client Choice recognises lawyers from around the world that stand apart for the excellent client care they provide and the quality of their service. She has been consecutively named by Benchmark Litigation Asia as a “Rising Star” / “Dispute Resolution Star” (2018 – 2023) and also ranked in Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2021 – 2023). In 2019, ARC won the Asian Legal Business Matrimonial and Family Law Firm of the Year Award (Malaysia) and was shortlisted for the same award in 2020 and 2023.

Ezane has authored numerous articles on family law and is a contributor to the Malaysia chapters for international legal publications including Chambers and Partners’ Global Practice Guides: Child Relocation Guide 2023 and the International Comparative Legal Guide to: Family Law 2020 & 2021.

She is a qualified advocacy trainer having been trained and selected by the Advocacy Training Council of England and Wales to teach advocacy to pupils and young lawyers.

She also provides legal advice and representation, pro-bono, to those who qualify for legal aid, through the Bar Council Legal Aid Centre.

CLIENT QUOTES:

  • “Ezane Chong is an excellent lawyer. There is no one better than her at handling clients and delivering on the required services. She is very intelligent and has the ability to digest large amounts of information at speed and cut through it to identify the key issues that need to be dealt with.
  • “Ezane is one of the best lawyers I have ever dealt with. She is highly professional, empathic, accountable, ethical, and a subject matter expert.”
  • “Ezane Chong is absolutely brilliant. Her clients adore her and she provides sound, sensible and pragmatic advice.”
  • Ezane Chong – She is incredibly bright. She knows how to best utilise the strengths of her team to get the best out of them and deliver for the client.”
  • “Ezane Chong provided expert advice on the applicability of the adoption law in Malaysia to assist my High Court proceedings in the High Court of England & Wales. Ezane was swift to provide responses to any queries and the quality of her expert evidence was crucial to the case.”
  • “Knowledgeable, skilful and professional. Easy to talk to and listens well.”
  • “As the divorce had a link to another country, I needed someone with skills in international law. The positive attributes were the knowledge, skills and professionalism with which my case was treated.”
  • “Ezane would go the extra mile and think outside the box regarding the various issues surrounding the case she is handling and provides recommendations for actions that cover different possible outcomes or changes in circumstance.”
  • “Her advice is to the point; she does not digress or confuse her clients.”
  • “She was very articulate, precise and well-focused in our discussions displaying a high level of self-esteem and integrity.” 
  • “She protects her clients’ best interests and can do so because she understands her clients’ businesses.”
  • “We were highly impressed with the professional expertise she showed by handling the matter successfully within a short period of time.”
  • “She is very quick to respond and ensures that she never misses any of our deadlines.”
  • “Ms Ezane demonstrates at all times that she is fully aware and in control of the status of our cases.”
  • “We can be assured that she will act in our best interest with integrity, and in respect of our requests/instructions; she does not simply brush them aside but gives due consideration if they are legally permissible or possible.”
  • “Ezane possesses a courteous and good demeanour and is well-liked by my fellow colleagues.”

                      PUBLICATIONS

                      • Contributor to Chambers & Partners’ Global Practice Guides: Child Relocation Guide 2023 (Malaysia Chapter).
                      • Contributor to the International Comparative Legal Guide to: Family Law 2020 & 2021 (Malaysia Chapter).
                      • Interview by Malaysia Now (21 March 2021); “Is Divorce Inevitable Now That Social Media Rules?”
                      • “Division of Matrimonial Assets”; Legal Insights Issue 1/2015, March 2015.
                      • Interview by Personal Money, The Edge Weekly (week of 9-15 February 2015) under column “Ask the Experts” on managing inherited wealth.
                      • Interview by “Personal Money” The Edge (April 2013 Issue) on how women can protect themselves financially in the event of divorce.
                      • “The Final Word”: Effectiveness of postnuptial agreements; Legal Insights Issue 3/2014, December 2013.
                      • “Breaking-Up is Hard to Do”: Ways in which couples may seek to dissolve their marriage”; Legal Insights Issue 4/2013, December 2013.
                      • “Court Adoptions in West Malaysia”: Legal Insights Issue 3/2013, September 2013.
                      • “Rights of Biological Parents vs Adoptive Parents”: Legal Insights Issue 3/2011, September 2011.
                      • “UK Supreme Court Upholds Prenuptial Agreement”: Legal Insights Issue 4/2010, December 2010.
                      • “Prenuptial Agreements”: Legal Insights Issue 1/2008, March 2008.
                      • “The Great Eastern Life Assurance Co. Ltd. v. Indra Janardhana Menon [2005] 4 CLJ 717, Federal Court Reaffirms Existing Law of Limitations for Actions Founded on Contract”: Legal Insights Issue 1/2006, March 2006.

                      PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

                      • Fellow, the International Academy of Family Lawyers
                      • Member, Malaysia Inner Temple Alumni Association (Assistant Honorary Secretary, Honorary Secretary (2009 – 2015).

                      Education & QualifIcations

                      • LLB (Hons), University of Leeds, United Kingdom.
                      • Barrister-at-law (England & Wales), the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple.
                      • Advocate and Solicitor, High Court Malaya.

                      Languages

                      • English
                      • Bahasa Malaysia (Malay)

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