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

Steven Thiru & Sudhar Partnership
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Work Department

Dispute Resolution, Arbitration And Adjudication


Senior Partner
Practice Area:
Dispute Resolution (including arbitration, anti-competition and tax and revenue tribunal matters)
Competition & Anti-Trust Law
Corporate & Securities Litigation
Insolvency & Restructuring
Insurance & Reinsurance
Regulatory and Compliance:
Revenue and Tax Law
Utilities, Infrastructure & Construction


Sudhar is an experienced advocate and solicitor specialising in civil and commercial litigation and commercial arbitration.

He has a diverse practice with an emphasis on civil fraud, corporate, construction, energy and natural resources, insurance and reinsurance, public law, regulatory and tax disputes.

Sudhar has more than 25 years’ experience in the field of dispute resolution, including domestic and international arbitrations, where he acts as counsel, arbitrator or expert on Malaysian Law in disputes across various industries. He is also an accredited adjudicator.

He is listed as a leading or recommended lawyer in the fields of dispute resolution, competition and anti-trust law, and tax law.

Sudhar is described in the legal directories as “a formidable opponent” and “a very steady counsel and detailed lawyer.” He is also described as being “extremely knowledgeable” and being adept at mastering and simplifying complex facts and legal principles. Clients have further described him as a passionate, proactive and strategic lawyer who cares for his clients on a personal level.

Sudhar is a co-author of Veerinder on Taxation (6th Edition) (2022), a co-author of the Chapter on Judicial Review in Bullen & Leake & Jacob’s Malaysian Precedents Of Pleadings (2nd Edition) (2020), a co-author of the Chapter on Litigation in the Construction Court in Law and Practice of Construction Law in Malaysia (2021), and a contributing editor to Malaysian Civil Procedure (Sweet & Maxwell).

Sudhar has been an Advocate & Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya since 1997.


English, Bahasa Melayu


Sudhar was the Past President of the Malaysian Institute of Arbitrators for the term 2018 – 2019. He is a Fellow of the Malaysian Institute of Arbitrators (MIArb), a Fellow of the Asian Institute of Alternative Dispute Resolution (AIADR) and a Fellow of the Malaysian Society of Adjudicators (MSA). He is also a Member of the Chartered Tax Institute of Malaysia (CTIM) and a Member of the Malaysian Insurance Institute (MII).


Sudhar has a B.Comm. (Accounting & Finance) and an LL.B. (Hons) from Monash University, Australia and an LL.M. from the London School of Economics. His background in accounting and finance provides a significant advantage in the commercial cases that he handles.

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.