Mr Steven Thiruneelakandan > Steven Thiru & Sudhar Partnership > KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia > Lawyer Profile

Steven Thiru & Sudhar Partnership

Work Department

Dispute Resolution, Industrial Relations


Managing Partner
Practise Areas:
General Litigation (including appellate matters and judicial reviews)
Corporate & Securities Litigation
Employment Law & Industrial Relations
Insolvency & Restructuring
Public Interest Law, Human Rights
Regulatory and Compliance
Real Estate & Property
Utilities, Infrastructure & Construction


With almost 30 years of experience under his belt, Steven represents clients at all levels of the courts. His client base includes corporations from the public utilities, infrastructure and project development, aviation and airlines, banks, charities, financial services, education, media, oil & gas, real estate and telecommunications sectors.

In recent years, Steven has successfully represented and advised clients in:

  • a RM579 million dispute involving the evaluation and accreditation of the local medical programs and the termination of the offshore medical programs.
  • several landmark decisions involving meter-tampering, power theft and fraud.
  • cases involving breach of fiduciary duty by high level employees.
  • land acquisition matters involving the methodology of calculation for severance damage caused by an acquisition exercise

Steven is also an established practise in the area of employment law and industrial relations.

Steven was President of the Malaysian Bar from 2015 – 2017.


English, Bahasa Malaysia



  • 2017 – current   :   Council Member (Malaysia), Commonwealth Lawyers Association.
  • 2017 – current   :   Exco Member, Lawasia.
  • 2015 – 2017      :   31st President of the Malaysian Bar.
  • 2006 – 2018      :   Member, Bar Council Malaysia.
  • Advocate & Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya.
  • Member of the Malaysian Bar


  • LL.B (Hons) (University of Leicester)
  • LL.M (University Malaya)
  • Barrister – at – Law (Middle Temple)


  • Reading
  • Long-distance running
  • Music

Lawyer Rankings

Malaysia > Dispute resolution

The disputes team at Steven Thiru & Sudhar Partnership handles litigation and arbitration relating to a diverse array of matters including complex infrastructure project disputes, tax and revenue cases, and public utilities matters. Steven Thiruneelakandan, a seasoned litigator with demonstrable experience in employment and industrial relations disputes, leads the practice alongside Sudhar Thillainathan, who specialises in civil litigation and commercial arbitration. The firm counts state-owned entities, insurance companies, banking institutions, and blue-chip corporations among its key roster of clients.

Malaysia > Labour and employment

Steven Thiru & Sudhar Partnership handles unfair dismissal claims, often involving allegations of misconduct, for its portfolio of clients, including employer defendants and employee claimants. ‘Knowledgeable’ Janice Anne Leo, who advises on contentious employment and labour issues at the Industrial Court, High Court and Appellate Courts, jointly leads the team alongside ‘sharp and strategic’ Steven Thiruneelakandan.