Edmund Bon Tai Soon

Head of Chambers (Civil)

Edmund read law at University College London, and was called to the English Bar (Lincoln’s Inn) in 1997. He was admitted as an advocate and solicitor of the High Court of Malaya in 1998, and has been in active practice since then. Edmund is a Chevening scholar and has a Master of Studies in International Human Rights Law from Oxford University.

Edmund routinely represents individuals, financial institutions, law enforcement authorities, governments, corporations and trade unions at all stages of complex transactions, from negotiations to dispute resolution and mediation. He has long-standing experience advising on matters involving industrial relations, corporate, commercial, tax, contract, professional negligence, business, trusts, water and environment law.

In 2008, Edmund was appointed to advise a Chief Minister and State Government and since then has been dealing with – both as a contract negotiator and litigator – major issues pertaining to the management of State resources.

Over the course of almost two decades in practice, Edmund has appeared as solicitor and lead counsel in cases ranging from corporate and commercial law to property disputes and defamation actions. He has conducted trials in a myriad of cases under laws such as the Industrial Relations Act, Employment Act, Trade Unions Act, National Land Code, Contracts Act, Companies Act, Penal Code and Securities Industry Act (now repealed).

Edmund has appeared in more than 60 major cases involving fraud, industrial relations, contractual breaches, shareholder-director disputes, and construction cases relating to difficult questions of law and fact. Of note, he had successfully defended the National Union of Bank Employees (NUBE) and acted for the Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) in numerous ‘union busting’ judicial review applications brought by financial institutions.

Edmund’s cases have been reported on numerous occasions in law journals and news media.

Edmund is frequently consulted by private clients, multinational companies, the Malaysian Bar Council, public authorities, and governmental bodies on legal issues and law reform. He was previously a 5-time elected member of the Malaysian Bar Council and chaired the Constitutional Law (2009-2011), Human Rights (2007-2009) and National Young Lawyers (2006-2008) committees. After a break of five years, Edmund recently stood for election and was elected to the Bar Council for the term of 2016-2017. He then chaired the Innovation and Future of Law Committee.

Edmund is regularly invited to speak at local and international conferences on constitutional and human rights law. He has conducted more than 900 hours of training for young lawyers and activists on similar topics.

Edmund’s articles and papers have been published in law journals and by news media. Edmund’s latest published work is in the Halsbury’s Laws of Malaysia, entitled “Citizenship, Immigration, National Security and the Police”.

In 2016, the Government of Malaysia appointed Edmund as the Representative of Malaysia to the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR). One component of his work was to promote the adoption and operationalisation of the ‘Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: Implementing the United Nations “Protect, Respect and Remedy” Framework’ by States and corporations. The AICHR is now moving ahead to seek a consensus among ASEAN Member States to adopt a ‘Regional Strategy on Business & Human Rights’.

AmerBON, Advocates, Kuala Lumpur
2016 – Present
Head of Chambers (Civil)

BON, Advocates, Kuala Lumpur
2014 – 2015
Head of Chambers

Chooi & Company, Advocates & Solicitors, Kuala Lumpur
2012 – 2014

2002 – 2012
Senior Associate

1998 – 2002

2006 – 2008
University of Oxford, England
Master of Studies in International Human Rights Law

Advocate & Solicitor of the High Court in Malaya
Admitted to the Bar of Malaya

Utter Barrister, The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn
Admitted to the Bar of England & Wales

1993 – 1996
University College London, England
LLB Laws Honours