Firm Profile > Steven Thiru & Sudhar Partnership > KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia

Steven Thiru & Sudhar Partnership

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 is the 31st President of the Malaysian Bar and T. Sudhar is 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.”

Department Name Email Telephone
MANAGING PARTNER Steven Thiruneelakandan +60123158395
SENIOR PARTNER Sudharsanan Thillainathan +60122930795
Appellate Matters & Judicial Reviews Steven Thiruneelakandan
Arbitration and Alternate Dispute Resolution Sudharsanan Thillainathan
Competition & Anti Trust Sudharsanan Thillainathan +60122930795
Data Protection and Security David Matthew
Employment, Labour and Industrial Relations Janice Ann Leo
General Litigation Steven Thiruneelakandan +60123158395
Land and Real Estate including Land Acquisitions Steven Thiruneelakandan +60123158395
Public Law and Human Rights Steven Thiruneelakandan +60123158395
Regulatory and Compliance Sudharsanan Thillainathan +60122930795
Tax and Revenue Disputes Sudharsanan Thillainathan +60122930795
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Gregory Das  photo Mr Gregory Das PartnerPractise Areas:General Litigation (including appellate matters and judicial reviews)Public Interest Law, Human…
Mr Hadi Mukhlis Khairulmani  photo Mr Hadi Mukhlis Khairulmani Partner Areas of Practice:General Litigation (including appellate matters and judicial reviews)Real Estate…
Ms Janice Anne Leo  photo Ms Janice Anne Leo PartnerPractise Areas:Employment, Labour and Industrial Relations
Mr David Matthew  photo Mr David Matthew Partner Practise Areas:General LitigationCorporate & Securities LitigationPublic Interest Law, Human RightsReal Estate…
Mr David Yew Kiat Ng  photo Mr David Yew Kiat Ng PartnerPractise Areas: Employment Law & Industrial RelationsReal Estate & Property
Mr Sudhar Thillainathan  photo Mr Sudhar Thillainathan Senior PartnerPractice Area: Dispute Resolution (including arbitration, anti-competition and tax and revenue tribunal matters)Competition…
Mr Steven Thiruneelakandan photo Mr Steven Thiruneelakandan Managing PartnerPractise Areas: General Litigation (including appellate matters and judicial reviews)Corporate & Securities…
English (fluent)
Bahasa Malaysia
Chinese (Mandarin and dialects)
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