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Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill
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Work Department

Dispute Resolution - Construction


Senior Partner (Energy, Projects, Infrastructure & International Arbitration and Tax, Customs & Trade)


A lawyer with a reputation for energy, construction and tax disputes

Nitin is a consultant and Head of the Firm’s International Arbitration and Tax, Customs & Trade Practices. Nitin’s main area of practice is in international arbitration, with a focus on oil & gas, energy, construction and engineering, and infrastructure projects. Nitin also specialises in income tax and customs litigation and disputes.

Nitin has more than 37 years of experience in representing major governmental organisations, multinational corporations, national and international contractors, sub-contractors, financial institutions and high-profile individuals in arbitration, litigation, income tax, and customs disputes.

Nitin has acted as counsel and sat as arbitrator in disputes arising from projects in or arbitrations seated in Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, London, Switzerland, Vietnam, the United Arab Emirates, Sudan, Paris, and Algeria under ad hoc and institutional rules such as the AIAC, ICC, SIAC and LCIA rules.

In the first case of its kind in Malaysia, he currently represents the Republic of Zimbabwe before the Malaysian courts, to resist applications by Swiss and German investors to enforce ICSID arbitration awards.

Nitin has also acted as counsel in benchmark income tax disputes on major points of tax law. Remarking that the Tax team has “demonstrated that they are up to date with developments in the law”, Chambers Asia-Pacific 2022 – 2023 notably ranked Nitin as a Band 2 practitioner in Tax Practice. Along with being a Band 1 practitioner in Dispute Resolution: Construction. They have also noted that he is “vastly experienced on construction cases and incredibly intelligent”, and “offers potent advice”.

He has been consistently ranked by Chambers & Partners as a leading lawyer (Band 1 from 2013-2023) who is very polished and sought-after, and by Asia Pacific Legal 500 as a leading dispute resolution, and real estate and construction lawyer who is very highly regarded for construction disputes. The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2023 ranked Nitin as a “Leading Individual” in three categories (Dispute Resolution, Real Estate and Construction, and Tax). He has also been recognised as an “Elite Practitioner” by Asialaw 2023/2024 and as a “Litigation Star” for Construction by Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific 2023. At the 8th Asian Legal Business Malaysia Law Awards held virtually in July 2021, Nitin was named “Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year”, and at Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific Awards 2023, Nitin was recognised as “Malaysia Lawyer of the Year”.

In its January-February 2022 issue, Asian Legal Business, a leading provider of legal news and information for legal professionals in the region, recognised Nitin as one of Asia’s Top 15 Litigators 2022. The second edition of the annual ranking highlights 15 of the region’s outstanding lawyers who have demonstrated their ability to solve complex problems and adapt quickly to changing circumstances, especially since the outbreak of Covid-19. Nitin is the only Malaysian lawyer in the list.


English, Malay.


Chairman, Arbitration Sub-Committee of the Malaysian Bar Council (2015-2017, 2019-2022)
Co-Chairman, Arbitration and Construction Law Sub-Committee of the Malaysian Bar Council (2017-2019)
Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
Fellow, Malaysian Institute of Arbitrators
Panel Arbitrator, Asian International Arbitration Centre
Panel Arbitrator, International Chamber of Commerce Malaysia
Panel Arbitrator, Singapore International Arbitration Centre
Panel Arbitrator, China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission
Panel Arbitrator, Bangalore International Mediation, Arbitration & Conciliation Centre
Panel Arbitrator, Hainan International Arbitration Court
Panel Arbitrator, China Chongqing Arbitration Commission
Accredited Mediator, Malaysian Mediation Centre


LLB Hons, London School of Economics and Political Science
Called to the Bar of England and Wales (Middle Temple)
Advocate & Solicitor, High Court of Malaya

Lawyer Rankings

Malaysia > Tax

(Leading individuals)

Nitin Nadkarni – Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill

Recognised for its ‘technical knowledge and expertise’, the tax department at Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill is jointly led by expert Nitin Nadkarni and Jason Tan Jia Xin, who is praised for going ‘above and beyond’ on all tax matters. Well-versed in both the contentious and non-contentious aspects of the practice, the team is engaged by notable international clients to advise on high-value tax transactions, unfair trade practices, audits, and transfer pricing cases, in addition to indirect tax disputes. Ivy Yieng Ping Ling is noted for her ‘impressive breadth of tax knowledge’ and frequently appears before the Customs Appeal Tribunal and High Court, while senior associate Chris Toh Pei Roo focuses on direct tax disputes.

Malaysia > Dispute resolution

(Leading individuals)

Nitin NadkarniLee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill

Malaysia > Real estate and construction

(Leading individuals)

Nitin NadkarniLee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill

The robust real estate offering at Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill is co-led by Tay Weng Hwee, an expert in advising on property finance and joint ventures, and Nitin Nadkarni, a specialist in the field of multi-jurisdictional construction disputes. Recognised as a ‘strong team with business acumen’, the practice handles the full spectrum of real estate matters across the hospitality, retail, industrial, and housing sectors. Acting for a range of leading Malaysian and international developers, investors, contractors, and financiers, the team’s work includes both transactional and contentious elements. Darshendev Singh is a well-versed construction litigator who is praised for his ‘deep expertise and specialisation’, while Bella Chu Chai Yee advises on all aspects of commercial and residential development, in addition to real estate financing considerations.