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

Level 8, Wisma UOA Damansara

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 22 years of experience in civil and commercial litigation and arbitration. She is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
She acts for clients in a broad range of 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 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. Having a strong interest in rights-based disputes, her other area of interest is Administrative Law.
Preetha also heads the Tax and Revenue practice and acts for clients in disputes with the tax authorities.
Ranked in Chambers Asia Pacific 2021 for Dispute Resolution, she is described as “fast at picking up complicated issues and very good at giving precise advice”.
She in a regular speaker at international conferences and is particularly active at the International Bar Association, holding the position of Secretary of the Asia Pacific Regional Forum.
At the firm, Preetha heads the Social Responsibility Unit and in this capacity co-ordinates and directs the various pro-bono activities undertaken by the firm.


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 > Tax

Skrine represents clients in court and before the relevant tribunals on tax matters and assists with tax planning, audits and investigations. Litigator Preetha Pillai heads the tax and revenue practice and specialises in representing clients in disputes with the tax authorities. The team regularly supports the corporate, employment and intellectual property teams on the tax aspects of transactions, and works closely with Koon Huan Lim’s customs and trade remedies team and Vijay Raj’s rates and assessment team. Senior associate Manshan Singh is also recommended for contentious matters.