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Leading employment practitioners Heng Seng Lim and Thavalingam Thavarajah head the ‘excellent’ employment department at Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill. Highlights included advising the South East Asian Central Banks (SEACEN) Research and Training Centre in two judicial reviews related to unfair dismissals connected to a SEACEN restructuring process. Other clients include Universiti Utara Malaysia, CIMB Bank and Chevron Malaysia.

Shearn Delamore & Co fields one of the largest and oldest employment practices in Malaysia. Sivabalah Nadarajah acted for Bank Muamalat Malaysia in an employment dispute against one of the largest Malaysian unions in connection with the client’s rights to transfer employees. Raymond Low is acting for Telekom Malaysia in an employment case testing employers’ powers to dismiss employees due to misuse of office email. Suganthi Singam and Wong Kian Jun are also noted.

Skrine receives recognition for its expertise in the employment and industrial relations arenas. It advises on all related-aspects of transfer of businesses, merger and acquisitions, outsourcing, insourcing, offshoring and employment contracts among others. Siva Kumar Kanagasabai and Selvamalar Alagaratnam are the key contacts.

A leading firm in employment matters, Zul Rafique & Partners’ receives praise for its ‘competent advice’. The practice successfully represented the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra in an appeal before the High Court in a case against a high-ranking employee on grounds of poor performance. Wong Keat Ching, Jacinta Johnson, Thavaselvi Pararajasingam and head of team P Jayasingam are all recommended.

Work highlights for Rahmat Lim & PartnersJack Yow included successfuly representing Flexitronics in a judicial review before the High Court, initiated by an employee challenging the Minister of Human Resources’ refusal to refer an unfair dismissal complaint to the Industrial Court. Clients also include Malaysian Airlines, RBS, REA Group and Symantec Corporation.

Raja, Darryl & Loh advises clients on a diverse range of employment issues including retrenchment, voluntary settlement schemes, immigration, unfair dismissal and judicial review. Ravindra Kumar Rengasamy leads the practice.

At Shook Lin & Bok, Romesh Abraham leads the practice, which represents clients in an array of labour-related litigation including disputes relating to trade matters, collective agreements, non-compliance and dismissals. It acts for, among other clients, banks, financial, commercial and professional services companies, educational institutions and pharmaceuticals. Abraham advised a financial institution on a claim by a trade union.

The specialised team at Tay & Partners acts for corporations in a variety of employment matters. The group has advised Goodyear on several labour and employment issues such as disciplinary proceedings against employees on grounds of misconduct, management of employees’ review performances, trade union issues and voluntary separation schemes. Other clients include Pegasus Logistic, Amdocs/CRM Solutions, and Kering Asia Pacific. Practice head Leonard Yeoh is the key name.

Wong & Partnersfields a professional and responsive labour team’, which ‘understands clients’ objectives’. It represents clients in a wide range of employment issues. Recent highlights include assisting a well-known corporation with data privacy compliance audits in accordance with current legislation.

Azmi & Associates represents employers and employees in employment disputes. Recently promoted partner Melinda Marie D’Angelus is the key contact.

Christopher & Lee Ong’s Rubini Murugesan regularly advises corporate clients on related employment matters.

Donovan & Ho advises employers and employees alike on employment contracts, compliance with employment legislation and unfair dismissals. Donovan Cheah is the name to note.

Led by Koh Yew Chong, Lee & Koh’s team advises on employment contracts, voluntary separation schemes, retrenchment and related general advice.

Peter Ling & van Geyzel’s active labour practice is headed by Marcus van Geyzel and regularly advises corporate clients from various industries on employments issues.

At Zaid Ibrahim & Co (a member of ZICO Law), Yong Hon Cheong represents corporate clients in the Industrial Court.

Zain & Co advises a wide range of publicly-listed and private corporations on employment disputes. Sharmini Durai is the leading name.

Gan Partnership acts for local and international corporations in employment matters. Gan Khong Aik is recommended.

Josephine, L K Chow & Co’s Edward Saw Keat Leong specialises in industrial relations and is regularly instructed to represent clients before the Industrial Court, the Court of Appeal and the Federal Court of Malaysia. Josephine Ng Bee Leng is also noted for her expertise.

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