Firms To Watch: Labour and employment

Established in 2018,  Steven Thiru & Sudhar Partnership’s employment and industrial relations practice particularly excels in handling employment disputes. Steven Thiruneelakandan and Janice Anne Leo are the main contacts.
Founded in 2020, boutique employment firm T Thavalingam & Co  was founded by the highly experienced Dato’ Thavalingam C. Thavarajah, formerly of Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill. Thavarajah was joined by two former colleagues David Tan Seng Keat  and Sebastian Tay Hanxin .

Firms in the Spotlight Labour and employment

Chambers of R. Sivagnanam & Associates

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The Chambers of R Sivagnanam & Associates or “RSA Chambers” as we have come to be known, was established in July 1999. At the beginning we stood at the threshold of “Y2k” and the aftermath of the 1997 Economic crisis.

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Labour and employment in Malaysia

Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill

As well as reviewing employment policies, advising on restructuring, immigration and trades unions matters, Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill is known for representing clients in employment disputes involving termination of staff, in particular, senior employees in complex and contested circumstances. The team also advised a number of clients on labour and employment issues that arose from the pandemic. Multinational corporations, government-linked companies, and public-listed companies as well as family-owned enterprises feature in its client list. The well-regarded team head Lim Seng Heng  has successfully represented SEACEN Research and Training Centre at the Court of Appeal, The United States of America at the Federal Court and BASF (Malaysia) in a judicial review application. He is ‘very capably’ supported by recently promoted partner Amardeep Singh Toor  , who also led on a case defending an office space design firm from a trio of senior managers who had been retrenched. Shariffullah Abdul Majeed  has notable experience in defending civil claims arising from employment contracts and is regularly instructed by government-linked companies on a wide range of employment issues. Dato’ Thavalingam C. Thavarajah   departed to establish employment boutique T Thavalingam & Co  in October 2020.

Practice head(s):

Lim Heng Seng

Testimonials

‘Lim Heng Seng’s tenure as a Chairman in the Industrial Court provides a very realistic insight as to how the court would look at any given case. This provides us with some assurance against the normal over-confidence of any litigator trying to impress a client.’

‘Amardeep has been a wonderful counsel, easily accessible, very pragmatic and has a rich experience of employment and labour law-related matters.’

‘Amardeep possesses outstanding communication skills, high competencies. Most importantly he presented his works with good quality, timely and with mutual respect in our interaction.’

What makes Amardeep different is his ability to explain the legal matters in a layman’s terms. He is eloquent and personable.’

‘The whole process was smooth and effortless on our part.’

Key clients

United States of America

BASF (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd

Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation

Ciba Vision Johor Sdn Bhd & Novartis Corporation (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd

Alcon Laboratories (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd

Samsung Electronics (M) Sdn Bhd

Perusahaan Otomobil Nasional Sdn Bhd

MBSB Bank Berhad

Work highlights

  • Represented The United States of America at the Federal Court in two applications for leave to appeal to the Federal Court where the client and her Embassy are asserting that they are immune from the jurisdiction of the Industrial Court by virtue of sovereign immunity.
  • Representing a member of the BASF SE group of companies, in a judicial review application filed by its former senior manager at the High Court against the Industrial Court’s decision that he had not been dismissed by the client without just cause or excuse.
  • Successfully defended MBSB Bank Berhad in unjust dismissal claims brought by five former officers (three of whom held senior positions of trust) who had been dismissed for breaching the Bank’s anti-money laundering & counter financing of terrorism framework and Know Your Customer Policy.

Rahmat Lim & Partners

Rahmat Lim & Partners’ employment practice is part of its dispute resolution team which regularly handles a balanced mix of contentious and advisory matters. Led by Jack Yow, it advises on employment and industrial relations, at both domestic and cross-border levels, and has a dedicated health and safety practice that advises on the regulatory framework relating to workplace health and safety. The practice launched a new ESG & public policy practice area in 2021, assisting organisations with navigating the increasingly complex regulatory environment in light of the coronavirus pandemic. Leveraging its association with regional powerhouse Allen & Gledhill LLP, its clients can benefit from extensive legal resources for matters such as EPF and SOCSO contributions, union recognition, disciplinary actions, terminations of service and misconduct.

Practice head(s):

Jack Yow

Testimonials

‘Their involvement and response is very good including their knowledge on the subject, relevant cases dealt in the past, updating when required on the case studies and latest judgements on similar cases. Technologies have also been introduced and worked well in terms of meetings, presentations etc.’

‘Partners are very knowledgeable. They make you comfortable and put you at ease.’

Work highlights

  • Advised Charoen Pokphand Group, on the employment and immigration aspects of its acquisition of Tesco’s businesses in Thailand and Malaysia.
  • Advised the liquidator of London Biscuits Berhad (In Liquidation), on the employment-related issues following the disposal of assets from LBB’s cake business to Mamee Bakery Sdn. Bhd.
  • Advised StarHub Ltd. on the employment aspects of its acquisition of a significant stake in Strateq Sdn. Bhd.

Shearn Delamore & Co

Shearn Delamore & Co’s six-partner team advises multinational companies and government-linked companies on the full range of employment and industrial relations matters. Noted lawyers include department head Sivabalah Nadarajah, who is experienced in trade union disputes at all levels; Vijayan Venugopal who has conducted hearings on a range of matters up to the federal level; Raymond Low who excels in health and safety litigation and personal data protection in the employment context; Suganthi Singam who handles both contentious and non-contentious matters; and Reena Enbasegaram whose expertise includes disciplinary actions and performance issues.

Practice head(s):

Sivabalah Nadarajah

Testimonials

‘Very well versed in the law and very experienced which shows in their handling of matters.’

‘Professional, competent, strategic, collaborative and always well prepared.’

‘The firm is engaged and well-grounded for as many years as I can look back. I have been around for the past 40 years, keeping abreast with their accomplishments and setting precedents. The source of their success is exploring all possibilities to establish unbiased views or interpretations of complex scenarios.’

Skrine

Skrine has a wealth of experience in the employment and industrial relations sphere, handling investigations, disciplinary action, retrenchment, compliance, and employment disputes. The highly experienced duo Siva Kumar Kanagasabai and Selvamalar Alagaratnam jointly lead the team; according to their clients, Kanagasabai provides ‘top draw commercial practical advice‘ and Alagaratnam is singled out for her ‘holistic thinking, calmness and legal acumen which make complicated issues resolved with the best outcome‘. Kanagasabai handles trade disputes, fraud-related issues and investigations, structuring senior executive packages, and advises on separation schemes and crisis management, while Alagaratnam provides support on compliance, managing the exit of employees, protection of confidential and proprietary information, disputes and business immigration.

Other key lawyers:

Foo Siew Li ; Chen mei Quin

Testimonials

An excellent practice with strong performing lawyers. They are highly responsive and offers commercial advice‘.

Siva Kumar Kanagasabai is highly responsive and provides top draw commercial practical advice‘.

Selvamalar Alagaratnam’s holistic thinking, calmness and legal acumen make complicated issues resolved with the best outcome‘.

Key clients

Hess Exploration and Production Malaysia B.V.

Kumpulan Wang Simpanan Pekerja

Germanischer Lloyd Industrial Services Asia Sdn. Bhd.

DNV GL International Sdn. Bhd.

DNV GL Malaysia Sdn. Bhd.

Department of Justice, United States of America (DOJ)

Petroleum Geo-Services Exploration (M) Sdn Bhd (PGS)

MISC Bhd

Nexperia BV

Big Bad Wolf Sdn. Bhd.

3M Malaysia Sdn. Bhd.

Naval Group Malaysia Sdn. Bhd.

UST Global (M) Sdn. Bhd.

Work highlights

  • Acting for Hess Exploration and Production Malaysia B.V. in an RM23m dispute brought by a former contractor relating to employer’s immigration status.
  • Acting for Petroleum Geo-Services Exploration (M) Sdn Bhd in an unjust dismissal action in the Industrial Court brought by an expatriate employee following a major global reorganisation exercise.
  • Acting for Germanischer Lloyd Industrial Services Asia Sdn. Bhd., DNV GL International Sdn. Bhd., DNV GL Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. in an RM2.6million claim of constructive dismissal in the Industrial Court brought by its former country manager after he was redesignated following the discovery of a widespread practice of inflation of billing to customers in the organisation.

Wong & Partners

Wong & Partners is a member firm of Baker McKenzie network and is well placed to handle multijurisdictional employment matters with specialised local expertise. Clients from energy, technology, manufacturing, and aviation sectors regularly turns to the team for contentious and non-contentious matters. Department head Brian Chia’s practice is closely aligned with the corporate, commercial and securities group, and is supported by Eddie Chuah’s expertise in litigation as well as in non-contentious areas. Senior associate Sujintana Mongkolthanit is also recommended, with expertise extending to immigration, anti-corruption and data privacy.

Practice head(s):

Brian Chia

Testimonials

‘ A wealth of experience from years of practice in this field. Wong & Partners provides administrative support as well such as submission of legal documents to the authority on behalf of client. Wong & Partners provide professional services and high standard client service. ’

‘Senior associate Sujintana Mongkolthanit has good communication skills, judgement, analytical skills, and people skills.’

‘Sujintana Mongkolthanit demonstrates a great understanding of both the commercial and labour/employment-related matters. She takes the lead/ownership within her team members working together with her and also by ensuring she follow through every single detail on every case.’

Key clients

Entegris Malaysia Sdn. Bhd.

Wood Group Kenny Sdn. Bhd.

Work highlights

  • Defending Entegris Malaysia Sdn. Bhd., the Malaysian subsidiary of Entegris Inc. against unfair dismissal claims filed by senior employees who were dismissed on grounds of redundancy as a result of a global restructuring exercise.
  • Represented Wood Group Kenny Sdn. Bhd., the Malaysian subsidiary of Wood Group, the international energy services company in an unfair dismissal claim brought by a senior employee.

Zul Rafique & Partners

Zul Rafique & Partners handles a broad array of employment matters spanning trade disputes, investigations, establishment of pension funds, and retrenchments to employment aspects of corporate restructurings.  Client list features a mix of major corporations in banking, insurance, transport, telecoms, energy and private individuals. The team is led by four partners – P Jayasingam leads on litigation; Wong Keat Ching leads on disciplinary matters; Thavaselvi Pararajasingam has ‘an eye for details that made a difference to the outcome of the case’ and specialises in constructive dismissal; and Alvare Teoh advises on misconduct and investigations.

Testimonials

‘An extremely hard working team, skilled at mining information from witnesses .’

‘Thavaselvi has an eye for details that made a difference to the outcome of the case. ’

‘The employment and industrial relations practice is top-notch and with a strong depth of knowledge and experience.’

Thorough with advice and willing to listen to client’s view.’

Mr P. Jayasingam and Thanaselvi Pararajasingam are meticulous, frank in their responses and offers practical advice. Overall, we are very pleased with their services.’

Key clients

Petroliam Nasional Berhad

Tenaga Nasional Berhad

Public Bank Berhad

PricewaterhouseCoopers

KLCC Property Holdings Sdn Bhd

Sime Darby Berhad

Sime Darby Property Berhad

Sime Darby Plantation Berhad

Sime Darby Industrial Sdn Bhd

CIMB Bank Berhad

RHB Bank Berhad

Maxis Broadband Sdn Bhd

Rhombus Connexion Sdn Bhd

AEON Credit Service (M) Berhad

Megasteel Sdn Bhd

Gamuda Engineering Sdn Bhd

Malaysia Airlines Berhad

United Overseas Bank (Malaysia) Bhd

Gabungan AQRS

MCC Overseas (M) Sdn Bhd

Hengyuan Refining Company Berhad

Putrajaya Properties Sdn Bhd

Johnson Matthey Sdn Bhd

S P Setia Berhad

Microsoft (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd

Standard Chartered Global Business Services Sdn Bhd

Advantage Partners

Epicor Software (M) Sdn Bhd

Liberty Insurance Berhad

Roca Malaysia Sdn Bhd

Work highlights

  • Acted for Sime Darby Industrial Sdn Bhd against a former employee in an unfair dismissal claim and succeeded at the Court of Appeal.
  • Successfully defended CIMB Bank Berhad in an unfair dismissal claim by a formal branch manager of the bank who was charged for gross misconduct.
  • Successfully acted for PwC in an unfair dismissal claim relating to  its trainee programme.

Christopher & Lee Ong

Christopher & Lee Ong draws upon its deep industry knowledge in the TMT, projects, infrastructure and energy sectors to advise clients on a broad range of advisory and contentious employment matters. Contentious matters include disputes arising from unfair dismissal, breach of contract, redundancies, and business closure, and advisory work spans negotiation with trade unions, drafting of collective agreements, investigations, retrenchment, remuneration, and employment aspects of acquisitions and restructuring transactions. Yau Yee Ming and Kelvin Kho jointly lead the team, which also includes Han Li Meng who regularly represents corporate companies at the Industrial Court.

Practice head(s):

Yau Yee Ming; Kelvin Kho

Other key lawyers:

Rubini Murugesan; Han Li Meng

Key clients

Vale Malaysia Minerals Sdn Bhd

Sobena Offshore Inc. Sdn Bhd

Parker Hannifin (M) Sdn Bhd

NS BlueScope (M) Sdn Bhd

Sellbytel Services (M) Sdn Bhd

TecnimontHQC Sdn Bhd

Nyree Resources Limited

Medix Medical Services Asia Ltd

ACA Pacific Technology (M) Sdn Bhd

Itochu (M) Sdn Bhd

Work highlights

  • Advised Globee Services Sdn Bhd on a range of employment matters including the drafting of employment contracts and the implementation of employment policies.
  • Advised TecnimontHQC Sdn Bhd on a whole range of employment matters including the drafting of employment contracts, implementation of employment policies and localisation of the employment handbook in relation to the client’s local market entry.
  • Advised Nyree Resources Limited on the implementation of employment policies from other jurisdictions into its local entity.

Donovan & Ho

The labour and employment law practice at Donovan & Ho assists clients with employment contracts and policies, compliance with employment legislation, termination and management of employees, and unfair dismissal claims. Recent matters saw the team assisting clients with internal investigations involving employee’s misconduct such as sexual harassment, fraud and breach of fiduciary duty. It obtained a number of new client wins, including 7-Eleven, Grab and Van Kaizen. Donovan Cheah is the main contact and is granted full registration as a foreign lawyer with the Singapore International Commercial Court.

Practice head(s):

Donovan Cheah

Testimonials

‘They are very detailed and thorough when they deal with the cases. They go the extra mile to provide the best service. They will keep the clients updated with progress and strategies. ’

‘Highly motivated and knowledgeable in the area of practice. ’

‘The team is very adept at utilising the internet and social media to always provide spot-on articles on topical law and law-related content, which goes a long way to generate a presence on the web which looms large. ’

‘Donovan Cheah is extremely knowledgeable and very responsive to queries raised. He knows labour and employment law like the back of his hand and is second to none.’

‘The team is responsive and highly experienced. Always meet clients’ deadlines. ’

‘Donovan Cheah. Very responsive and professional. Always available for discussions. ’

‘The team is very well versed in the subject matter or area of law which we discuss and the team is able to articulate / iron out the solution within a short time frame for client consideration. ’

‘Donovan – Attentive and able to provide the most commercially viable legal opinion in resolving disputes amicably’.

Key clients

Marriott

7-Eleven

Thermo Fisher

Perkin Elmer

Jacobs Douwe Egberts (JDE)

Grab

Eastern & Oriental Berhad

Uhrenholt

DFDL

L’Oreal

Socar

Van Kaizen

Work highlights

  • Advised a recruiter on legal and regulatory requirements specific to the private employment agency market.
  • Advised an international retailer on its compensation and benefits structure.

Raja, Darryl & Loh

Raja, Darryl & Loh specialises in advising clients in the consumer goods and services, manufacturing, oil and gas, infrastructure and technology sectors. In light of the pandemic, the team is increasingly advising on cost-cutting measures and disputes arising from staff rationalisation and retrenchment exercises. Ravindra Kumar Rengasamy has experience at all levels in the courts and leads the team which also includes the ‘highly competentLi Vyen Tham.

Practice head(s):

Ravindra Kumar Rengasamy

Other key lawyers:

Li Vyen Tham

Testimonials

‘The team provides very personalised service for employment matters .’

‘Li-Vyen Tham is highly competent and my trusted employment lawyer when I have contentious employment matters in Malaysia. She’s quick to respond and offers practical advice that’s easy to understand and implement for corporates.’

‘The team is very knowledgeable and approachable with a dedicated partner. They are client-centric in their approach and always very responsive. ’

Key clients

Baker Hughes Group

RBC Group

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended a leading company in the food and beverage industry in two appeals to the Court of Appeal resulting from claims for unfair dismissal that had originated in the Industrial Court.
  • We secured the dismissal of an application for Judicial Review before the High Court where an employee’s claim for unfair dismissal had previously been dismissed by the Industrial Court.
  • Arising from the adverse effect of the Covid-19 pandemic and the Movement Control Order, we advised the client on changes to be made to its employees’ compensation and benefits structure (including collective agreements with employees).

Tay & Partners

Tay & Partners, according to a client, 'always looks for a balance between the law and what is commercially viable and in the best interest of its clients'. It offers a full range of employment services in both contentious and non-contentious matters to a mix of local and international companies. New clients attracted to its offering include Grohe Malaysia, Rackspace and Logitech. Leonard Yeoh leads the dispute resolution, employment and industrial relations practice groups, and recently advised on the high-profile retrenchment of 400 staff at Country Garden Pacific View Sdn Bhd and defended the company from a constructive dismissal claim from a senior member of staff.

Practice head(s):

Leonard Yeoh

Testimonials

‘Leonard Yeoh has vast experience and is passionate about the law. We feel we are in good hands as he is always able to swing an argument in favour of his client and to handle the opponents effectively.’

‘The firm always looks for a balance between the law and what is commercially viable and in the best interest of its clients’.

Key clients

Country Garden Pacificview Sdn Bhd (Forest City)

Kaspersky Lab SEA Sdn Bhd

PUMA Sports Goods Sdn Bhd

SDB Teambuild Sdn Bhd

Radius Fuel Cards Sdn Bhd

Voith Paper Fabrics Ipoh Sdn Bhd

Saint Gobain Malaysia

Advance Energy Industries (Malaysia) (AEMY)

Gucci

Amdocs

Openet

Rackspace

Red Hat

Logitech

Grohe Malaysia / Lixil International

Work highlights

  • Advised Country Garden Pacific View Sdn Bhd on its plan to retrench approximately 400 employees.
  • Advised Kaspersky Lab SEA Sdn Bhd on a dismissal claim brought by its former regional general manager of South-East Asia.
  • Advised AEMY on various employment and industrial relations-related issues such as managing misconduct of its employees and providing advice in managing termination of employees.

Ramesh Dipendra Jeremiah Law

Ramesh Dipendra Jeremiah Law's client roster features a mix of large corporations, government-linked companies, public listed companies as well as individuals and SMEs. The team is jointly led by the well regarded Jeremiah Gurusamy and Alwin Rajasurya who handles litigation and advisory work in relation to dismissals, disputes, termination, retrenchment, personal data protection as well as handling employment aspects of M&A transactions.

Testimonials

‘Very effective and efficient, taking ownership of difficult matters and driving for conclusion in accordance with client instructions.  All problems taken away and handled without my input needed.’

Key clients

Central Sugars Refinery

Tour East (2009) Sdn. Bhd.

Tropicana Group of Companies

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended an unjust dismissal claim brought by a former employee of CSR.
  • Represented Tour East (2009) in an unfair dismissal claim.
  • Acting for Tropicana Group in employment law issues and unfair dismissal disputes.

Chooi & Company and Cheang & Ariff

As well as advising on all aspects of employment law,  Chooi & Company and Cheang & Ariff supports clients facing criminal and regulatory action by the employment authorities. Its expertise also extends to workplace safety, personal data protection, immigration and trade union matters. Yap Yeong Hui is the main contact and is recommended for employment disputes which include acting for both employers and employees on unfair dismissal claims and representing clients in restrictive covenant and other employment disputes.

Practice head(s):

Yap Yeong Hui

Key clients

Celestica Electronics (M) Sdn Bhd

MM Hotels

Damai Laut Golf Resort Sdn Bhd

Aureumaex Industries (M) Sdn Bhd

Y & L Metal Technology Sdn Bhd

Otsuka Pharmaceutical Malaysia Sdn. Bhd.

Pengerang Refining Company Sdn Bhd

Agoda International Malaysia Sdn Bhd

Japanese School Kuala Lumpur

Mondelez Malaysia Sales Sdn Bhd

Work highlights

  • Advised Celestica Electronics (M) Sdn Bhd on the employment aspects of the restructuring of its entities in Malaysia.
  • Representing Y & L Metal in the Industrial Court in relation to claims brought by its former employees.

Peter Ling & van Geyzel

Founding partner Marcus Van Geyzel at Peter Ling & van Geyzel excels in advising multinational companies on a broad range of advisory employment matters. Recent highlights include advising on the dismissal of high-level employees, conducting retrenchment exercises, and successfully negotiating the out-of-court settlements or defence of and against a number of unfair dismissal claims. Geyzel regularly works with a number of international law firms.

Practice head(s):

Marcus Van Geyzel

Testimonials

Peter Ling & van Geyzel is easy to work with. They are responsive, provide practical commercial advice, and do not have complex administrative procedures that make billing difficult.’

Marcus van Geyzel is a pleasure to work with. He is very responsive, practical, and charges very fairly. I really enjoy working with him.’

It’s a very nimble team of one who always gives straight to the point answers.’

Marcus van Geyzel is great in interaction with clients, and with great knowledge of Malaysian law that he can explain clearly to foreign clients.’

Key clients

AT&T

Electronic Arts / EA

LEGO

London Stock Exchange Group

lululemon

McKinsey & Company

Nike

PayPal

Spotify

Square

Tencent

Zoom

Work highlights

  • Advised games giant Electronic Arts (EA) on employment issues pursuant to its US$1.2 billion acquisition of Codemasters, including post-acquisition workforce integration and alignment of employment terms and conditions, benefits, and policies.
  • Advised Expedia Group on Malaysian employment law issues as part of its agreement to sell its corporate-travel division Egencia to American Express Global Business Travel, with an approximate deal value of US$750 million.
  • Advising AT&T on all employment matters, including advice on workforce reduction and redundancies, employment contracts and documentation, handling employee issues including poor performance and misconduct, workplace investigations, employee compensation, and COVID-19 related issues.

Shook Lin & Bok

The labour and industrial disputes department at Shook Lin & Bok is led by Romesh Abraham, closely supported by 'detail focused' Mehala Marimuthoo. Abraham’s areas of specialism include employment disputes as is employment litigation specialist Marimuthoo who 'maintains very good engagement with clients, and provides explanations that are easy to understand'. The team also excels in advising on data protection, collective agreements, workplace health and safety compliance and other regulatory matters relating to employment and industrial relations.

Practice head(s):

Romesh Abraham

Other key lawyers:

Mehala Marimuthoo

Testimonials

‘Mehala Marimuthoo, took the effort to understand our company processes and policies well and she has given our company advice and guidance to manage our employment issues effectively.’

‘Ms Mehala is a person with vast experience in this area. Maintaining a very good engagement with clients, provide an explanation that is easy to understand. She is hardworking and focuses on each cases.’

‘They’re not only advising us on the employment law in Malaysia but also took time and effort to understand our company’s structure and processes.’ 

Key clients

DRB-Hicom Berhad

Hong Leong Manufacturing Group

RHB Bank Berhad

Petroliam Nasional Berhad

Jambatan Kedua Sdn Bhd

Jebsen & Jessen Malaysia Sdn Bhd

Hannover Rueck SSE, Malaysian

Pembangunan Sumber Manusia Berhad

Work highlights

  • Represented Horsedale Development Bhd (Glenmarie Golf & Country Club) in an unfair dismissal claim at the Industrial Court.
  • Acted for Guocera Sdn. Bhd. in an unfair dismissal dispute.
  • Represented Jambatan Kedua Sdn. Bhd. in a series of unfair dismissal claims following its retrenchment excise.

Zain & Co

Zain & Co’s labour and employment practice is part of the disputes and corporate team, which is jointly led by Anita Sockalingam and Salwah Abdul Shukor. Within the team, Rebecca Jeyanthi Selvaraj and Sharmini Durai focus on non-contentious employment matters and disputes respectively.  The team is best known for pursuing judicial review applications as well as appellate matters. Clients include banks, professional services, education, finance, real estate, technology and travel. Recent client wins include Thompson Reuters, ScanWell Malaysia, and Standard Chartered.

Testimonials

‘The labour and employment team in Zain & Co always provide practical legal advice, and they are always prompt and responsive. During the current pandemic, as we navigate constantly changing and uncertain regulations in Malaysia, the Zain & Co team has provided us with great support, helping us to come up with solutions to continue our operations. They understand our business needs and take the time to understand our concerns and provide practical legal advice.’

‘We work closely with Sharmini Durai. She responds to our queries very promptly. She is able to put herself in the position of the company and provide us with relevant legal advice. We really appreciate her support and rely heavily on the Zain & Co’s team to support our growing business in Malaysia.’

Key clients

WTW Real Estate Sdn Bhd

MIMOS Berhad

ON Semiconductor Sdn Bhd

Apple

Cummins Australia, Cummins Sales and Service Sdn Bhd

Solera, Audatex Australia, Audatex Malaysia Sdn Bhd

MakeMyTrip India Pvt Ltd, Luxury Travel & Tours Sdn Bhd

SAExploration Holdings, Inc.

ScanWell Malaysia

Standard Chartered Bank

Thomson Reuters

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended WTW Real Estate Sdn Bhd in a full trial emanating from a claim for wrongful dismissal valued at RM1.2 million.
  • Advising ON Semiconductor Sdn Bhd on a broad range of employment matters.

Azmi & Associates

Azmi & Associates advised corporates on restructuring and represents both employees and corporates in courts. Retrenchment strategies and unfair dismissal claims are representative of Azmi’s recent caseload. Employment head Melinda Marie D’Angelus has experience in advising trade unions and employers in contentious and non-contentious matters.

Gan Partnership

The specialities of Gan Partnership’s ‘knowledgeable, efficient, creative‘ employment and industrial relations practice group span advisory, employment litigation, training and strategic planning. It has seen an uptick in corporate retrenchment matters. The three-strong team is led by Gan Khong Aik, who is a dispute resolution partner with longstanding experience in handling cases before all levels of Malaysian courts.

Practice head(s):

Gan Khong Aik

Testimonials

‘GAN partnership provides the right mix of partner and responsible associates to our projects, thereby providing leadership and oversight combined with value for the work product. Gan Khong Aik is a trusted legal advisor and understands our business and business needs.’

‘The team are are all very knowledgeable in their area of expertise. They revert back on highlighted issues quite quickly and in a very detailed manner. The teamwork is also commendable.’

Key clients

United Overseas Bank (Malaysia) Berhad

Philip Morris Sdn. Bhd

ExxonMobil Exploration & Production Inc.

Schlumberger Limited and its subsidiaries

Suez Capital Sdn. Bhd.

Brazil Embassy

Celcom Axiata Bhd

Sunsuria Group

GM Corporation Sdn. Bhd. (Japanese owned company)

United Kotak Berhad

ECI Software Solutions (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd

Elowater Malaysia Sdn Bhd, subsidiary of Multi Water Holdings Limited

Kiplepay Sdn Bhd, subsidiary of Green Packet Bhd

Roland Berger Sdn Bhd

Valmont Corporate Shared Services Sdn Bhd

GS Paperboard and Packaging Sdn Bhd

Power Root Marketing Sdn Bhd

Genting Oil & Gas Sdn Bhd

Webforge

Juice Plus International (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd

Asian Offshore Services Sdn Bhd

SKC Tours Sdn Bhd

Work highlights

  • Advised Schlumberger on all aspects of employment law matters arising from its operation in Malaysia.
  • Acting for United Overseas Bank (Malaysia) Bhd in an employment dispute.
  • Acting Kiplepay Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of Green Packet Berhad in an unjust dismissal claim initiated by its former COO and CEO.

Josephine, L K Chow & Co

Josephine, L K Chow & Co's employment and industrial relations department is jointly led by litigator Edward Saw Keat Leong and Josephine Ng Bee Leng from its Petaling Jaya office, and Yip Huen Weng from its Kuala Lumpur office. Leng focuses on advisory work and counts a number of Japanese corporates as her clients, while Leong appears regularly as the lead counsel in trials and hearings before the Industrial Court of Malaysia.

Testimonials

‘They are accountable and spend quality time to understand the issues and try to help in a professional manner.’

‘We are a Japanese company, and it may be difficult to explain the content of consulting a lawyer in English. But Josephine’s team can respond in Japanese, and detailed content can be consulted in Japanese, so we can rest assured.’

Key clients

RSM Corporate Advisory (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd

LAW Partnership

Being a member of the Eversheds Sutherland Asia Pacific alliance, LAW Partnership is regularly instructed by multinational clients on Malaysian aspects of cross-border employment matters. The employment and industrial relations practice is jointly led by Suaran Singh Sidhu and a recently promoted partner Nimisha Jaya Gobi who also co-leads the dispute resolution practice.

Testimonials

‘Nimisha is outstanding in her work and her acumen in court is invaluable. She is one of a kind when it comes to legal submissions where she is able to encapsulate and explain a principle or law for application, or to expound on a point of argument for the benefit of the case’.

‘Nimisha is a stand-out lawyer who is quick with solutions and always on point’. 

‘The diverse team provides exceptional turnaround and legal advice. They provide practical yet out-of-the-box legal solutions and legal strategies for the resolution of labour disputes’.

MahWengKwai & Associates

Raymond Mah heads the employment law and industrial relations department at MahWengKwai & Associates and is regularly instructed on employment disputes. The team launched its employment law consultation retainer which offers advice and consultation to businesses and employers, particularly in the employment and human resource aspects. The team represents both employers and employees. senior associate Diana Cheak is also a name to note.

Practice head(s):

Raymond Mah

Other key lawyers:

Diana Cheak 

Key clients

CAPS Australia (M) Sdn Bhd

New Zealand Unlimited Restaurants Sdn Bhd

Karcher Cleaning Systems Sdn Bhd

ASSA Abloy Opening Solutions Sdn Bhd

Paktor Pte Ltd, Singapore

Paktor MY Sdn Bhd

Ebona Trading Sdn Bhd

Arnaud Henri Claude Lobry v Crisplant (M) Sdn Bhd

Work highlights

  • Representing CAPS Australia (M) Sdn Bhd in the Industrial Court to oppose an unfair dismissal claim commenced by a former employee.
  • Acting for New Zealand Unlimited Restaurants Sdn Bhd in the Industrial Court to oppose an unfair dismissal claim brought by a former employee.
  • Representing a French national, in a constructive dismissal claim against a French company in Malaysia.

Richard Wee Chambers

Richard Wee Chambers is a boutique firm that is best known for its specialism in the sports sector; in the employment context, the firm is experienced in advising on employment matters related to sports teams and athletes. Founded in July 2019 by the ‘resourceful’  Richard Wee, the firm’s other main contact is  Marlysa Binti Abdul Razak, who co-leads the litigation team.

Practice head(s):

Richard Wee

Other key lawyers:

Marlysa Abdul Razak

Testimonials

‘They gave me great advice before I made any decision and to have Richard Wee himself overseeing the case and sharing his experience helped me a lot. I really appreciate their assistance.’

‘The key strength of Richard himself is that he has vast experience in dealing with labour and employment practices and is an extremely resourceful individual.’

‘Richard Wee thinks outside the box, which is crucial, especially during COVID-19.’

‘Richard Wee provides unparalleled clarity.’

Key clients

Pilots from AirAsia Berhad

Howden Insurance Brokers Sdn Bhd

Institut Sukan Negara (ISN)

Work highlights

  • Representing more than 20 pilots who were retrenched by AirAsia Berhad seeking reinstatement at the company.
  • Acted for Howden Insurance Brokers Sdn Bhd on reviewing its employment agreements.
  • Representing Institut Sukan Negara (ISN) in anumber of employment disputes.