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David Allan Sagah & Teng Advocates
PO BOX 1956

Malaysia > Law firms in Sabah and Sarawak Tier 1

Sarawak firm David Allan Sagah & Teng Advocates is collectively led by real estate expert David Toh, and corporate litigation specialists Allan Lao and Charles Wong, all of whom are praised for being 'highly effective and competent'. The team boasts a strong banking specialism, with experience in advising foreign and local financial institutions on debt recovery actions, corporate loans, and financing facilities. Elsewhere, the firm has demonstrable expertise in the commercial real estate sector, with a particular focus on multi-property acquisitions and disposals and real estate funding. The group is also recognised for its capabilities in both the insurance and civil litigation fields, and regularly covers finance, commercial, IP, pharmaceutical, and employment disputes. Lidwina Kiew is another key contact in the team and primarily handles contentious litigation cases.

Practice head(s):

David Toh; Allan Lao; Charles Wong

Other key lawyers:


‘The advocates are highly respected and regarded due to their outstanding work as legal advisers, in both litigation and conveyancing. They are supported by a highly effective and competent team of lawyers, and highly efficient support services.’

‘The disputes team, led by Allan Lao, are highly competent and respond to queries promptly. They are often available for a quick and swift discussion of matters which contributes to the efficient conduct of matters.’

‘David Toh is keen and very much in touch with the real estate trends and the legal framework of the property industry.’

‘Allan Lao is a great litigator, giving effective advice when needed.’

‘This practice is top-notch. This is reflected by the amount of bankers and real estate negotiators who have long-standing relationships with them.’

‘Allan Lao is always ready to assist in giving legal advice.’

‘Charles Wong is the go-to person for advice on sale and purchase agreements, as well as service agreements.’

‘Allan Lao is knowledgeable in the areas of his practice. He is humble and yet effective in his approach. He has a friendly personality which makes working with him a pleasant experience.’

Key clients

Naim group of companies (Naim Land / Peranan Makmur / Desa Ilmu)

Berlian Stabil Sdn Bhd / Sumbangan Aneka / Yun Sen group of companies

Saradise Sdn Bhd

Elica Sdn Bhd

Standard Parade Sdn Bhd

Timberland Properties Sdn Bhd

RB Development (part of IJM group of companies)

MJC City Development Sdn Bhd

Lafrowda Development Sdn Bhd

I Properties JTL Sdn Bhd

Sinar Mekar Properties Sdn Bhd

Blessed Builders Sdn Bhd

SPC Land Sdn Bhd

Kenbest Sdn Bhd

Project Bandar Samariang Sdn Bhd

Samalaju Properties Sdn Bhd

GSD Southland Sdn Bhd

Yeshome Development (Kuching) Sdn Bhd

Tecktonic & Sons Holdings

Samalaju Properties Sdn Bhd

GSD Southland Sdn Bhd

Blessed Builders Sdn Bhd

SPC Land Sdn Bhd

Sinar Mekar Properties Sdn Bhd

Lee Onn Construction

Kumpulan Parabena Sdn Bhd

Work highlights

  • Advised United Overseas Bank (UOB) and handled loan facilities amounting to RM 129m, 35m, and 30m, respectively.
  • Advised Maybank Islamic Bank and handled loan facilities amounting to RM88m and RM10m respectively.
  • Advised Small Medium Enterprise Development Bank and handled loan facilities amounting to RM70m, RM45m, and RM17m respectively.

David Allan Sagah & Teng Advocates (DAST) is the largest law firm in Sarawak, with offices established in major cities throughout the region. As the largest law firm in Sarawak, DAST employs its robust resources to provide prompt and exclusive legal services, designed to achieve the objectives of a diverse clientele base. The firm demonstrates its strong emphasis on client-orientated, professional excellence through strategic solutions, personal attention and customised service delivery. The firm’s lawyers are industry leaders in their respective fields, reputed for their experience, expertise and effectiveness.

DAST leads the Sarawak market in areas of conventional and Islamic banking as well as insurance, specifically in motor accident-related matters. The firm is appointed to the panel of almost all banks operating in Sarawak – both foreign and local – as well as a significant number of insurance companies.

The firm’s civil litigation practice covers civil, commercial and corporate disputes, intellectual property, employment, defamation, maritime and medical negligence, and span pharmaceutical, chemical, communications, energy, construction, education and banking industries. Notably, the firm successfully defended a financial institution in the Federal Court against liability arising from the forgery of 196 cheques.

Currently active in personal injury-centered mediation, requirements imposed by the Construction Industry Payment and Adjudication Act (CIPAA) 2012 which has provided impetus for the firm to broaden its alternative dispute resolution capabilities into statutory adjudication and arbitration.

DAST continues to maintain its emphasis and industry edge in real estate, construction, property development and property transaction, frequently providing business-savvy advice on high-value construction agreements, commercial loans and facilities, as well as commercially-viable recommendations on regulatory and compliance issues.

The firm has also been invited to engage in housing-related policy making at both State and Federal Government levels through the appointment of David Toh over the last decade as legal advisor to prominent industry stakeholder, Sarawak Housing and Real Estate Developers’ Association (SHEDA).

The firm’s astute capabilities regularly benefit MNCs, GLCs, and listed companies. The firm is often appointed by leading West Malaysian counterparts to act as jurisdictional counsel in Sarawak.

Department Name Email Telephone
Construction and Property Development David Toh
Civil litigation; Shipping and Insurance; Tax and Corporate Litigation; Native Customary Rights Allan Lao
Construction and Property Development; Corporate and Commercial; Banking Documentation Charles Wong
Conveyancing and Real Estate; Government Loan Documentation; Islamic Law Norazman Bin Supian
Conveyancing and Real Estate Lau Song Ting
Banking Litigation and Debt Recovery Chiam Tah Kui
Banking Litigation and Debt Recovery Eric Lau
Banking Documentation Ting Soon Pang
Civil Litigation; Tax and Corporate Litigation Lidwina Kiew
Motor Accidents Shally Heng
Conveyancing, Banking Documentation, Real Estate Christina Loh
Number of lawyers : 30
Bahasa Malaysia
local dialects
Contacts : David Toh (davidtoh@dast.com.my)