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Steven Thiru & Sudhar Partnership

Malaysia > Dispute resolution Tier 4

The dispute resolution team at Steven Thiru & Sudhar Partnership has a diverse client roster, including state-owned entities, blue chip corporations, public utilities providers and insurers. The practice has experience in litigation and arbitration proceedings, with notable expertise in the construction and energy sectors. Steven Thiruneelakandan, who has a strong track record in employment disputes, leads the practice alongside arbitrator Sudharsanan Thillainathan.

Practice head(s):

Steven Thiruneelakandan; Sudharsanan Thillainathan

Key clients

AirAsia Group

Great Eastern Group

KSK Group Bhd

Malaysian Institute of Accountants

Persatuan Hainan Selangor

Tenaga National Bhd

Landmark Property Sdn Bhd

Damai City Sdn Bhd

Austin Powder Asia Pacific Inc.


AAX Leasing Two Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acted for Damai City Sdn Bhd, the the employer of the 8 Conlay Project in a construction contract case.
  • Represented Landmark Property Sdn Bhd in a judicial review application against the assessments raised by the Director General of Inland Revenue.
  • Represented AirAsia Berhad and AirAsia X Berhad as counsel in action against Malaysia Airports (Sepang) Sdn. Bhd.

Malaysia > Labour and employment Tier 4

Steven Thiru & Sudhar Partnership’s employment offering is co-led by Janice Anne Leo and Steven Thiruneelakandan. The practice has experience in advisory work, assisting clients on matters concerning the transfer of employees during change of business ownership, as well as unfair dismissal and termination of contracts. David Ng Yew Kiat has expertise representing clients in employment disputes at the Industrial Court and the High Court.

Practice head(s):

Steven Thiruneelakandan; Janice Anne Leo

Other key lawyers:

David Ng Yew Kiat; Gregory Das; Adrienne Sena

Key clients

Achi Jaya Plantations Sdn Bhd

Bank Negara Malaysia

Agarcorp Sdn Bhd

Maxis Berhad

Sapura Secured Technologies Sdn Bhd

Weatherford (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd

Sapura Thales Electronics Sdn Bhd

Tenaga Nasional Berhad

Measat Broadcast Network Systems Sdn Bhd

Agrifood Resources Holdings Sdn Bhd

Affin Bank Berhad

Malayan Banking Berhad

British International School Kuala Lumpur

Taylors Group

The MUI Group

Dagang NeXchange Berhad

IBM Malaysia Sdn Bhd

WWF Malaysia

British American Tobacco

Work highlights

  • Advised Achi Jaya Plantations in the change of business ownership of a luxury hotel in Kuala Lumpur and advising on the transfer of employees from one entity to another pursuant to Malaysian law.
  • Representing Agarcorp Sdn Bhd in an unfair dismissal representation at the Kuala Lumpur Industrial Court.
  • Representing Affin Bank in an unfair dismissal representation at the Kuala Lumpur Industrial Court.

Established in May 2018, Messrs Steven Thiru & Sudhar Partnership is a young firm that is not short on experience. The two Senior Partners are well known  in the legal profession. Steven Thiru was the 31st President of the Malaysian Bar and T. Sudhar was a former President of the Malaysian Institute of Arbitrators.

The firm can lay claim to a solid pedigree in terms of the range and breadth of work, experience and track-record in litigation matters .The firm prides itself on its ability to represent clients at all levels of the courts including providing advisory / pre-trial advice and conducting trials and appeals  in a range of litigation and dispute resolution work.

Over a short time the firm has gained a formidable reputation for its advisory, litigation and arbitration work in the main in  general litigation , competition and anti-trust, digital and data protection law, employment law, human rights and public law, judicial review, land acquisition and reference , regulatory /compliance , tax and revenue matters. The firm is based in Kuala Lumpur but undertakes work nationwide and is able to handle cross-border work as well.

Litigation and dispute resolution highlights to date include:

  • Successfully dismissing a Plaintiff / Main Contractor’s Originating Summons for interim measures against the Defendant / Employer pending arbitration in respect of construction assets on Site consequential to the termination of a construction contract. The value of the entire project is estimated to be in the region of RM5.4 billion.
  • Representing the major transport system developer in a RM300 million claim for breach of contract/ misrepresentation and negligence.
  • Successfully defending the public utilities electricity supply vendor in a claim for wrongful termination of supply against a counterclaim of RM99 million.
  • Representing a government-owned water asset management corporation in an arbitration matter involving the development of a water treatment plant and water reticulation system. The RM993.8 million dispute is the first of its kind to be heard in Malaysia.
  • Representing the Malaysian Institute of Accountants in the first completed disciplinary proceedings involving the auditors of 1MDB.
  • Successfully obtaining judgement against an employee for tort of conversion and dishonest assistance for the sum of US$5,361,200 (RM21 million).

The firm also boasts a solid track record in employment and industrial relations. It’s expertise includes consultation on employment terms and conditions, employee misconduct, retrenchment and all aspects of employment and industrial relations including representing clients in employment disputes.

Highlights of the Employment and Industrial Relations Section:

  • Defending the decision by a client to dismiss an employee who had been accused in the media of sexual grooming and being a sexual predator
  • Providing advice to a major transportation company on acts of insubordination and for a breach of fiduciary duties owed by employees to its employer, and the appropriate disciplinary action to be taken against senior employees
  • Establishing the principle that failure to furnish an employee facing disciplinary proceedings with all relevant and material evidence amounts to a fundamental breach of procedural fairness and natural justice.
  • Advising and representing an employer in a suit brought by an employee who was dismissed for participation in political activities contrary to the employer’s Code of Ethics.
  • Advising an international school on steps to manage a senior employee experiencing mental health issues, and the proper procedures to medically board out the employee, if necessary.
  • Assisting both local and international corporations realign their manpower and human resource capacities in the light of the Covid-19 pandemic in compliance with labour and employment law and regulations.

Steven Thiru sums up the firm’s philosophy, “We subscribe to time-tested values, these include a commitment to professionalism and mutual respect.  When it comes to representing our clients, we will leave no stone unturned. We are relentless in pursuit of our client’s interests and bring the best of our knowledge and experience to every matter we handle.”

Appellate Matters & Judicial Reviews Steven
Arbitration and Alternate Dispute Resolution Sudharsanan
Competition & Anti Trust Sudharsanan
Data Protection and Security David
Employment, Labour and Industrial Relations Janice Ann
General Litigation Steven
Land and Real Estate including Land Acquisitions Steven
Public Law and Human Rights Steven
Tax and Revenue Disputes Tania Kat-Lin
Regulatory and Compliance Sudharsanan
Tax and Revenue Disputes Sudharsanan
Arbitration and Alternate Dispute Resolution Dawn Wong Keng
Administrative, Company, Constitutional, General and Civil Litigation (including contractual disputes, land disputes and trust related matters), Industrial Relations, Land Acquisition David Ng Yew
Administrative, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Company, Constitutional, General Litigation, Housing Law, Industrial Relations, Media and Medical Gregory
Civil and General Litigation (including contractual disputes, negligence cases, statutory claims and land disputes); Administrative Law; Employment Law Hadi Mukhlis
Gregory Das photoMr Gregory DasPartner Practise Areas: General Litigation (including appellate matters and judicial reviews) Public…
Tania Kat-Lin Edward photoMs Tania Kat-Lin EdwardPartner
Hadi Mukhlis Khairulmani photoMr Hadi Mukhlis KhairulmaniPartner Areas of Practice: General Litigation (including appellate matters and judicial reviews)…
Janice Anne Leo photoMs Janice Anne LeoPartner Practise Areas: Employment, Labour and Industrial Relations
David Mathew photoMr David MathewPartner Practise Areas: General Litigation Corporate & Securities Litigation Public Interest Law,…
David Yew Kiat Ng photoMr David Yew Kiat NgPartner Practise Areas: Employment Law & Industrial Relations Real Estate & Property
Sudhar Thillainathan photoMr Sudhar ThillainathanSenior Partner Practice Area: Dispute Resolution (including arbitration, anti-competition and tax and revenue…
Steven Thiruneelakandan photoMr Steven ThiruneelakandanManaging Partner Practise Areas: General Litigation (including appellate matters and judicial reviews)…
Dawn Wong Keng Jade photoMiss Dawn Wong Keng JadePosition: Partner Practice Areas: General Litigation, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Corporate & Securities…
English (fluent)
Bahasa Malaysia
Chinese (Mandarin and dialects)
Member of Chambers Asia-Pacific

CLIENT: Datin Yam & Grace

COMPANY/FIRM: LBCN Development Sdn Bhd

TESTIMONIAL: Our firm’s legal cases have been well taken care of by Messrs Steven Thiru & Sudhar Partnership since 2018 and we have full confident that the firm will continue to do so in protecting our interest as well as doing their very best to win the cases/suits for us. All the partners and staffs who handle our cases are very well trained and professional. They are very friendly which resulted in a good client relationship which are very important and crucial for court proceedings as the flow of ideas and discussions will accumulated into good defence for the cases. Most importantly, the lawyers put in their greatest effort in understanding the case and come up with a good case structure to help the client to win the legal suit. Besides, they are also very willing to provide their advice & extend their assistance without hesitation in other matter as well.

Admission as Partner: Tania Kat-Lin Edward

Messrs Steven Thiru & Sudhar Partnership is pleased to announce that Ms Tania Kat-Lin Edward is admitted as a Partner of the Firm with effect from 1st July 2022.


The Federal Court in the recent case of Majlis Daerah Segamat v. Tenaga Nasional Berhad decided that the imposition of rates by a local authority under the Local Government Act 1976 (“LGA”) can be challenged by judicial review in circumstances where the objection to the imposition of rates does not fall under Section 142 LGA. This is despite the appeal procedure to the High Court provided under Section 145 LGA.


  1. On 10th March 2022, the High Court allowed an appeal filed by a public utility against the decision of the Deputy Registrar which awarded RM60,000.00 in general damages against the Defendant in respect of defamatory postings published on his Facebook page.