Ms Preetha Pillai > Skrine > Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia > Lawyer Profile

Level 8, Wisma UOA Damansara
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Work Department

  • Commercial Litigation and Arbitration
  • Fraud and Asset Recovery
  • Tax Litigation, Audits and Investigations
  • International Arbitration
  • Administrative Law




Preetha is a litigator with over 20 years of experience in commercial litigation and arbitration. She acts for clients in a broad range of commercial disputes involving joint-ventures, supply of services and goods in the information technology sector, leasing and financing and land matters, to name a few. She is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Preetha has built considerable experience particularly in the area of asset recovery in fraud matters requiring involvement at the forensic investigation stage, providing strategic advice on evidence gathering, obtaining interlocutory orders for preservation of assets and evidence, and ultimately handling the litigation to recover the client’s assets.

Preetha is also part of the Tax and Revenue practice and acts for clients in disputes with the tax authorities.
Her other main area of interest and expertise is Administrative Law.  This area of law is a natural fit for Preetha who has a strong interest in rights-based disputes.
Preetha also heads the Social Responsibility Unit in the Firm and in this capacity co-ordinates and directs the pro-bono activities undertaken by Skrine’s lawyers.


English and Malay.


  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (2018)
  • Officer of the Asia Pacific Regional Forum, International Bar Association (IBA)


  • Diploma in International Arbitration, CIArb London (2018)
  • Advocate and Solicitor, High Court of Malaya (1998)
  • LL.M, King’s College University of London (1997), Chevening Scholar
  • Certificate of Legal Practice (1996)
  • LL.B (Hons), University of London (1994)

Lawyer Rankings

Malaysia > Dispute resolution

With ‘one of the largest dedicated teams for complex disputes in the Malaysian market‘, Skrine‘s dispute resolution practice offer ‘consistently high quality work‘ delivered by ‘professional and responsive quick thinkers‘. ‘Outstanding lawyerWai Hong Leong handles a range of commercial litigation and arbitration proceedings and heads up the team which includes ‘excellent advocateChee Wee Lim, who has experience across the oil and gas offshore sector, regulatory disputes and fraud litigation; Preetha Pillai, who focues on fraud litigation, and administrative and public law litigator Vijay Raj. Other names to note include international arbitration and insolvency specialist Lee Shih and Sharon Chong Tze Ying who has expertise across aviation, competition disputes and regulatory enforcement proceedings.


Malaysia > Tax

The tax and revenue practice at Skrine has the expertise to advise on a range of planning, litigation and regulatory matters spanning a variety of taxes. The group has been particularly active in assisting clients with challenges to rates and assessments. Commercial litigation and arbitration partner Preetha Pillai heads up the practice.