Mr Darshendev Singh > Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill > Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia > Lawyer Profile

Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill
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Work Department

Dispute Resolution


Partner (Construction, Engineering, Projects, Infrastructure & International Arbitration)


A lawyer who “provides critical yet practical insight with his sharp intellect and surgical precision of the facts”, “is reliable, efficient, and experienced”, “always delivers in a timely fashion” and “is very focused and constantly thinking outside the lines to come up with creative ways to solve a complex problem.”

Darshendev’s primary area of practice is commercial dispute resolution with a focus on complex disputes relating to construction, engineering, oil & gas, and infrastructure projects.

Besides regularly sitting as an arbitrator and an adjudicator, Darshendev also represents clients in international and domestic arbitration, litigation, mediation, and adjudication. He has been involved in numerous ad hoc as well as institutional arbitrations.

The sole Malaysian recipient of the 2019 Asia Pacific Top 10 Arbitrators Award (under the age of 40 category), Darshendev has also been ranked as a “Next Generation Partner” for both Dispute Resolution and Real Estate and Construction in Malaysia, by The Legal 500 2023 in its Asia Pacific Rankings. He was listed in the Private Practice Arbitration Powerlist (Southeast Asian Region) by The Legal 500. Asialaw Profiles 2023/2024 has acknowledged Darshendev as a “Notable Practitioner” (Construction). He has also been recognised as “Future Star” (Construction) by Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific 2023 and 2021 “Rising Star” in the Malaysian Legal Industry (under the age of 40 category), by the Asian Legal Business. Darshendev received the Lexology Client Choice Award 2021 for Construction in Malaysia. He also contributed to the Malaysian Chapter of the Chambers Construction Law 2023 Global Practice Guide.

Former chairperson of the Young Members Group of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Malaysia), Darshendev is a frequent speaker on the international circuit on issues related to his areas of practice and contributes to global publications on the arbitration and construction law landscape.


English, Malay


• Panel Arbitrator, Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) Reserve Panel of Arbitrators
• Panel Arbitrator, Asian International Arbitration Centre (AIAC)
• Panel Adjudicator, Asian International Arbitration Centre (AIAC)
• Primary Panel Arbitrator, Maldives International Arbitration Centre (MIAC)
Panel Arbitrator, Korean Commercial Arbitration Board (KCAB), KCAB International
Panel Arbitrator, Thailand Arbitration Center (THAC)
Panel Arbitrator, Bali International Arbitration and Mediation Centre (BIAMC)
Panel Arbitrator, Asian Institute of Alternative Dispute Resolution (AIADR)
Panel Arbitrator, Brunei Darussalam Arbitration Centre (BDAC)
Panel Arbitrator, Bangalore International Mediation, Arbitration & Conciliation Centre (BIMACC)
Panel Mediator, Bali International Arbitration and Mediation Centre (BIAMC)
Fellow of the Bali International Arbitration and Mediation Centre (BIAMC)
Fellow of the Asian Institute of Alternative Dispute Resolution (AIADR)
Chairperson, Young Members Group of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Malaysia) (2017-2018)
Deputy chairperson, Young Members Group of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Malaysia) (2016-2017)
Member, Construction Law Sub-Committee of the Malaysian Bar Council (since 2012)
Member, Arbitration Law Sub-Committee of the Malaysian Bar Council (since 2012)
Member, the Society of Construction Law Malaysia
Member, Asian International Arbitration Centre Young Practitioners Group
Member of the Bar Council Arbitration & Construction Law


LLB (Hons), International Islamic University Malaysia
Advocate & Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya

Lawyer Rankings

Malaysia > Real estate and construction

(Next Generation Partners)

Darshendev Singh – Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill

Tay Weng Hwee and Nitin Nadkarni lead the real estate and construction team at Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill. Its practice involves working with some of Malaysia’s leading developers, financiers, institutional investors and contractors on the full range of transactions and disputes. The team advises on high-value real estate projects across various sectors, including hospitality, retail and housing, and is noted for its ‘ability to think outside the box on strategy and advice’; it has particular expertise in advising on land acquisitions and amalgamations. On the contentious side, the practice’s caseload includes disposal of parcels of leasehold and freehold land, as well as disputes relating to real estate development projects. Darshendev Singh is noted for his ‘meticulous nature in disputes’.

Malaysia > Dispute resolution

The ‘top-notch team’ at Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill handles a large volume of complex cases, covering company law, contractual issues and shareholder disputes. On the banking and insolvency front, the practice specialises in liability, liquidation and defending banks in connection with forgery and fraud. Lambert Rasa-Ratnam, who has demonstrable experience in administrative law disputes, jointly leads the practice alongside arbitration expert Nitin Nadkarni and banking specialist Kumar Kanagasingam. Other key members of the group include SM Shanmugam, who is praised as ‘commercially and industrially knowledgeable’, and Darshendev Singh.