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Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill's team is 'committed to quality', 'examines matters thoroughly from all sides' and 'does everything possible to make the client succeed'. The full-service practice is led by the 'knowledgeable, meticulous, clear-sighted' Lim Heng Seng  and the 'astute' Thavalingam Thavarajah; Thavarajah defended ExxonMobil Exploration & Production Malaysia against a multimillion-dollar claim relating to overtime pay for offshore oil-rig employees.

Shearn Delamore & Co's 'talented' practice provides 'sound advice and practical solutions' across a wide range of employment matters, especially contentious ones; its clients include HSBC Bank Malaysia, Hospital Pantai Indah and Malaysia Airports Holdings. The 'accommodating' Reena Enbasegaram provides 'prompt follow-ups'; Raymond Low and practice head Sivabalah Nadarajah are frequently active practitioners.

Skrine's 'talented', 'pragmatic' department is deeply experienced in contentious matters, advisory work (particularly regarding retrenchments and employee misconduct), and large-scale restructurings. Selvamalar Alagaratnam, who heads the practice jointly with Siva Kumar Kanagasabai, defended Schlumberger WTA (M) against an unfair dismissal claim. Yap Yeong Hui left to lead Chooi & Company + Cheang & Ariff's practice, but Foo Siew Li made partner.

Well known for its multi-jurisdictional capabilities, the team at Wong & Partners is also noted for its 'commendable understanding and application of local law' and its 'attention to detail'. As well as handling dismissals and restructurings, the team has niche strengths in privacy, corruption and workplace health and safety. Kherk Ying Chew acted for Juris Technologies in a civil case against two former employees who used company information to set up their own business. The 'very prompt' Andre Gan 'manages resources efficiently'; litigator Eddie Chuah is also singled out. Brian Chia heads the practice.

Petronas, Tenaga Nasional and Genting Plantations are among the clients of Zul Rafique & Partners' 'very efficient' department, which provides 'sound advice' and makes clients feel they are 'in good hands'. Wong Keat Ching advised Seri Pacific on a dismissal case; Thavaselvi Pararajasingam represented Liberty Insurance and Universiti Islam Antarabangsa in unrelated dismissal cases. Pararajasingam and P. Jayasingam acted for S P Setia on a transactional employment matter.

Corporate expert Kelvin Kho and litigator Han Li Meng are the key employment partners at Christopher & Lee Ong; Han acted for Vale Malaysia Minerals on contesting a judicial review brought by an ex-employee alleging unfair dismissal for misconduct. Rubini Murugesan represented Ichikoh (Malaysia) in a dispute with the National Union of Transport Equipment & Allied Industries Workers. Other clients include H&M Retail, NS BlueScope Malaysia and Malaysia Life Reinsurance Group.

Rahmat Lim & Partners' practice is led by Jack Yow, who acted for Kontron Design Manufacturing Services (M) in an unfair dismissal claim filed by its former CFO. He also advised CloudFx Malaysia on an application for judicial review for reduction of back-pay awarded by the Industrial Court. Ranbaxy Malaysia is another client on the contentious side; Grab instructed Yow on a transactional matter.

The team at Raja, Darryl & Loh handles a range of contentious and non-contentious employment work for high-profile clients. Practice head Ravindra Kumar Rengasamy acted for Volvo Car Manufacturing Malaysia in a wrongful-termination-of-employment case brought by KD Northern Resources. Tham Li Vyen made partner in February 2018.

Romesh Abraham heads the practice at Shook Lin & Bok, which handles advisory work as well as litigation. Clients 'sleep easily' knowing Mehala Marimuthoo is handling their case; she acted for Hume Roofing Products in an unfair-dismissal case. Other clients include RHB Bank and Panasonic Manufacturing Malaysia. David Ng Yew Kiat is also active in the space.

At Tay & Partners, Leonard Yeoh advised Linde Engineering (Malaysia) on a wrongful dismissal case brought by a former managing director, and assisted Cuckoo International (MAL) and SDB Teambuild with similar matters. Other clients include Country Garden Pacific View and Voith Paper Fabrics Ipoh. Senior associate Lim May Fenn is frequently active on contentious, regulatory and advisory employment matters.

Azmi & Associates' department acts for employers and employees, and handles trade union negotiations, M&A-related employment work, immigration work and contractual matters as well as being active in litigation and arbitration. Melinda Marie D’Angelus is the key contact; senior associate Komathi Karuppanan left to go in-house at the Inland Revenue in June 2018.

Name partner Donovan Cheah is the key contact at Donovan & Ho; he defended RBS International against an unfair dismissal claim brought by the former general manager, and advised S5 Asia on a similar matter. L'Oréal is another client. Employment litigation associate Lim Zi-Han arrived in March 2018 from YH Teh & Quek.

Well versed in voluntary separation schemes, retrenchment and employment contracts, the team at Lee & Koh is headed by Koh Yew Chong; Irwan Ismail is also active in the space.

The team at Zaid Ibrahim & Co (a member of ZICO Law) advises multinational companies on contentious and non-contentious employment matters. Group head Yong Hon Cheong is supported by senior associate Sivagami Sivalingam, a litigator with particular experience in retrenchments and sexual harassment cases.

Yap Yeong Hui¬†arrived from¬†Skrine¬†in June 2018 to lead Chooi & Company + Cheang & Ariff's practice; he advised Nokia, Comptel and Alcatel-Lucent on transactional employment matters, and assisted Mondelńďz Malaysia with an unfair dismissal case. Yap also has experience in advising dismissed individuals. Other clients include Agoda International Malaysia, IHI and Rubberflex.

Noted mostly for its contentious strength, the team at Gan Partnership is led by Gan Khong Aik, who acted for Celcom Mobile in an Industrial Court case brought by a former employee claiming wrongful termination and arguing for back-pay and reinstatement. He also represented Saw Kong Beng as a claimant in an unfair dismissal case against Avago Technologies (M).

Josephine, L K Chow & Co's practice is led by Edward Saw Keat Leong, who represented Rohm-Wako Electronics (Malaysia) in an Industrial Court dispute against an electronics industry union regarding a collective agreement. Pewter manufacturer Royal Selangor International is another client.

MahWengKwai & Associates coalesced its employment capabilities into a dedicated practice group in 2018. The team is led jointly by managing partner Raymond Mah and Richard Wee, and acts for individuals as well as corporations; employment work in the sports sector is a particular niche.

With a niche strength in employment work that proceeds from large-scale cross-border M&A, Peter Ling & van Geyzel's department counts FedEx, Tyco and BD among its clients. Marcus van Geyzel is the name to note.

Sharmini Durai heads the practice at Zain & Co; she has particular experience in representing publicly listed and private companies in wrongful dismissal cases and judicial review applications regarding Industrial Court decisions.

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