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Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill
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Senior Partner (Employment)


Heng Seng, a senior partner of LHAG who himself is ranked as a Band 1 practitioner by Chambers Asia-Pacific 2023, leads the Employment & Industrial Relations Department, known for its “value and commitment”. Before entering private practice, he served in various capacities with the Malaysian Judicial and Legal Service including a seven-year spell as Chairman of the Industrial Court where he also served as Chairman of the Social Security (SOCSO) Appellate Board.

Heng Seng’s practice covers all aspects of employment and industrial relations law, with a particular focus on corporate advisory work. He advises widely on corporate reorganization and restructuring where management of transition and migration of people requires sensitive and sensible handling.

Heng Seng has also developed expertise in advising corporate clients on the due and proper exercise of their managerial prerogatives based on good and accept- ed industrial relations practices and well-established principles of industrial jurisprudence.

Heng Seng’s forte is strategic and close collaboration with client’s human resource and/or legal personnel in identifying people issues and proposing systemic solutions aimed at avoidance, resolution, and settlement of workplace issues. This intentional approach immunizes corporate clients from time-consuming and expensive litigation.

Heng Seng selectively litigates employment and industrial relations cases in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Federal Court. He chairs the firm’s Pro Bono Committee and actively acts as counsel in strategic litigation cases involving aboriginal and native peoples’ fundamental rights.

Heng Seng’s clients include international household names with significant operations in Malaysia, such as: (i) BASF (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd; (ii) Orange SBusiness Services Malaysia Sdn Bhd; (iii) ACCA Malaysia Sdn Bhd; (iv) HRD Aero Systems, Inc.; (v) CIBA VISION Johor Sdn Bhd; (vi) CHEP (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd; (vii) Samsung Electronics (M) Sdn Bhd; (viii) Vesta Partners; (ix) DHL Asia Pacific Shared Services Sdn Bhd; (x) ORIX Leasing Malaysia Berhad; (xi) Games Workshop Group PLC; (xii) Cochlear Malaysia Sdn Bhd; (xiii) Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Tax Services Sdn Bhd; (xiv) OTL Asia Sdn Bhd (f.k.a. CKE Transport Agency Sdn Bhd); (xv) Valmont Industries, Inc.; (xvi) Teknion Furniture Systems (M) Sdn Bhd; (xvii) Schenker Logistics (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd; (xviii) Alfred Kärcher SE & Co. KG; (xix) Cathay Pacific Airways Limited; (xx) COHU Malaysia Sdn Bhd; and (xxi) Rizing, LLC; as well as leading Malaysian corporates.

Heng Seng’s legal advisory expertise have also been sought by local and foreign government and statutory bodies, diplomatic missions, and international organisations such as: (i) Bank Negara Malaysia (Central Bank of Malaysia); (ii) the United States of America Department of Justice; (iii) Islamic Financial Services Board; (iv) International Committee of the Red Cross; (iv) International Rescue Committee, Inc. and (v) The South East Asian Central Banks (SEACEN) Research and Training Centre.

Heng Seng has been a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for the Industrial Law Reports published by the Malaysian Current Law Journal since 2004.

Heng Seng is a regular speaker and panelist in employment and industrial relations law seminars and conferences, where he shares his knowledge and experience on topics of current interest to practitioners. Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific 2023 ranked him as a “Litigation Star” in the Labor & Employment, and Commercial & Transactions categories. Heng Seng is also recognised as a “Leading Individual” in the Labor & Employment in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2023 rankings. He is one of three senior partners ranked as an “Elite Practitioner” in Asialaw 2023/2024. In the recent Chambers Asia-Pacific 2023 rankings, Heng Seng is ranked as a “Band 1” lawyer in the Employment & Industrial Relations Practice.


English, Malay


Advocate & Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya


LLB Hons (Hons), University of Malaya
LLM, London School of Economics & Political Science, University of London
Advocate & Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya