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A leading firm in the shipping arena in Malaysia, Joseph & Partners is led by Jeremy Joseph and advises an array of clients including shipowners and insurers in arbitration proceedings. Melanie Pillai leads the transactional practice, while Vinodhini Benjamin Samuel deals with contentious and non-contentious issues.

Founded in 1990 by Raj Sativale, Matthew Kurien and Arun Krishnalingam, Sativale Mathew Arun advises on a variety of shipping and admiralty matters including arrests of ships, collisions and other casualties, marine insurance, as well as the sale and purchase of vessels. Clients include P&I clubs, shipowners, cargo underwriters, ship agencies and trading houses.

Work highlights for Christopher & Lee Ong included acting for a petroleum trader in arbitration proceedings against a government-linked port operator. Ong Chee Kwan and shipping expert Jainil Bhandari are the key contacts.

Shearn Delamore & Co advises on all areas of maritime operations, contentious and non-contentious. It defended Semado Maritime in the High Court against a law suit initiated by Bank Pembangunan Malaysia affecting the clients’ vessels Semua Mutiara and Semua Muhibbah, with an aggregate value of more than RM142m. Rajasingam Gothandapani is noted for his work and expertise.

Skrine’s shipping practice provides ‘quick answers and appropriate legal assistance’, and is led by the ‘focused, communicative and responsiveSiva Kumar Kanagasabai. Work highlights have included advising Maybank and Maybank Islamic on the enforcement of several mortgages.

T S Oon & Partners’ managing partner Oon Thian Seng and Jessica Teng acted for Bocimar International on matters pertaining to a collision at berth. The team also represented Posh Semco as claimant in an outstanding charter hire case.

Tommy Thomas’ Sitpah Selvaratnam deals with shipping disputes such as charterparty and cargo disagreements, collision claims and arrest of vessels.

Under the leadership of Philip Teoh, Azmi & Associates’ shipping team handles a whole variety of contentious and non-contentious matters. It represented Syarikat Borcos Shipping in a $1m ship management dispute and acted for Westports Malaysia in a negligence claim initiated by an insurance corporation.

Rahayu Partnership’s practice is vastly experienced in complex transactions of both wet and dry shipping. Rahayu Binti Abd Ghani leads the practice, which is regularly instructed by local and international clients to act before local courts and arbitration tribunals.

Shaikh David & Co is acting for a container port in a close to RM30m claim for cost and damages against the owners of a vessel on grounds of pollution. James David is the key name.

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