Mr Leonard Yeoh > Tay & Partners > Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia > Lawyer Profile

Tay & Partners

Work Department

Dispute Resolution, Employment and Industrial Relations


Partner and Head of Dispute Resolution, Employment and Industrial Relations. He specialises in corporate and commercial litigation disputes, arbitration, labour and employment, building and construction.

Leonard has substantial trial, appellate and arbitration experience and has litigated as counsel at all levels of the Malaysian and Singaporean court hierarchy as well as domestic and international arbitrations, representing mainly blue-chip corporate clients and foreign multinational companies. From 2001 to 2002, he practiced with one of Asia-Pacific’s premier law firms, based in Singapore and has acted as counsel in numerous cases before the High Court of Singapore and conducted domestic and international arbitrations held in Singapore.

Leonard specialises in corporate and commercial litigation and has handled a broad spectrum of litigation and arbitration, including corporate and commercial disputes, labour and employment, building and construction, intellectual property, projects and infrastructure, private equity, venture capital, banking and finance, defamation, insurance and reinsurance, technology, professional indemnity, insolvency, media and entertainment law, sports sponsorship and marketing law, media advertising law, aviation law and common law claims. A number of cases where he has appeared as counsel in court have created legal precedent and a significant number of these cases have been reported in various leading legal journals and newspapers both in Malaysia and Singapore.


Leonard is consistently rated and ranked as Malaysia’s pre-eminent dispute resolution and employment lawyer by Chambers Asia, the Asia-Pacific Legal 500, Asialaw Leading Lawyers, The Guide to the World’s Leading Labour and Employment Lawyers, The International Who’s Who of Management Employment Lawyers and Asian Legal Business (ALB).

Leonard has been moninated as one of the Disputes Stars at the Asia-Pacific Dispute Resolution Awards in Hong Kong for consecutive years.


English, Bahasa Malaysia (Malay language), Chinese


– Officer & Chair of the the Publications Committee of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA)
– Vice-Chair of the Employment & Immigration Law Committee of Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA)
– International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Malaysia’s Arbitration Committee
– Member of the Home Affairs & Human Resources Committee and also the Arbitration & Legal Affairs Committee of the Malaysian International Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MICCI).
– Member of the Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM)’s Human Resource Management Committee.


Graduated from the University of Leeds, UK with an LL.B (Hons) (Second Upper) in 1994. He was admitted as an Utter Barrister to the Bar of England & Wales in 1995 and is a member of the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn, London. He was admitted as an Advocate & Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya in 1996 and the Supreme Court of Singapore in 2001. He is a Patent Agent in Malaysia.

Lawyer Rankings

Malaysia > Dispute resolution

(Leading individuals)

Leonard YeohTay & Partners

The dispute resolution practice at Tay & Partners has expertise across a range of contentious matters. Leonard Yeoh heads up the practice, as well as the industrial relations group, and has experience in both litigations and arbitrations, while Soo Chuan Cheah focuses on corporate and commercial disputes.

Malaysia > Labour and employment

Tay & Partners assists employers ⁠– including  multinationals, local and international banks and financial institutions, government agencies and local companies ⁠– with employment and industrial relations matters, with particular experience in contentious instructions. Dispute resolution partner Leonard Yeoh has experience representing employers in litigation. Lim May Fenn left to establish JW Yeoh & Fenn.