Malacca & Selangor

Yap Win Ian

Yap Win Ian



LL.B (Hon.), University of the West of England




Yap Win Ian (or Ian Yap, as he goes by) was called to the Bar of England and Wales at the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple in November 2018. In July 2020, he commenced his pupillage at the chambers of Messrs Daim and Gamany and was successfully admitted and enrolled as an Advocate and Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya on 28.5.2021.


His pupillage experience was primarily focused on criminal litigation supplemented by civil litigation and public interest (statelessness). His previous experiences included:


Criminal Litigation

  • Criminal Intimidation (S506 Penal Code);
  • Causing Disharmony on Grounds of Religion (S298A Penal Code);
  • Appeal against amendment of Warrant of Commitment; and
  • Bail (Anti-Trafficking In Persons And Anti-Smuggling Of Migrants Act 2007 / Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012)


Civil Litigation

  • Damages for Wrongful Deaths (Death in Custody and Premature Execution); and
  • Medical Negligence


Public Interest

  • Statelessness


Prior to that, he also gained experience as an In-house Legal Counsel at AEON Co. (M) Bhd, a leading retailer in Malaysia. His primary responsibilities included drafting, vetting and reviewing Tenancy Agreements, Service Contracts, and various other legal correspondences on behalf of AEON.


As the latest addition to Messrs Desmond Ho and Associates, he looks forward to making his own contributions to the firm and is keen on his continuous professional development as a young and upcoming lawyer. His primary area of interest is in criminal law but he also has a desire to familiarise and develop himself in other areas of law.


Current Practice Areas:

  • Criminal Litigation
    • Dangerous Drugs Act 1952;
    • Penal Code;
    • Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001;
    • Minor Offences Act 1955; and
    • Others.
  • Corporate Law
  • Industrial Relations and Employment Law