Mr Philip Teoh > Azmi & Associates > Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia > Lawyer Profile

Azmi & Associates

Work Department

Admiralty & Shipping, Insurance and International Trade Practice Group


He has more than 25 years’ experience in the shipping & transport, admiralty, insurance and international trade matters. Through his years of practice, he has amassed experience in the specialist area and handles both contentious and non-contentious matters. He has extensive experience in advising clients with respect to acquisition of insurance, shipping and transport companies and its regulatory requirements. Moreover, he also advises clients on the various aspects of the insurance, shipping and transport and logistics industries including risk and insurance coverage and liability, application for licences, marine and general insurance and reinsurance claims and recoveries. Where appropriate, he actively appearing in all levels of Malaysian Courts (up to the Federal Court) and acting as arbitrator and counsel.


He chambered under the reknowned litigator Mr Harry Elias in Singapore and then commenced his practice with the shipping law practice of Koh & Yang. He later founded the Shipping and Insurance practice of David Chong & Co and practised in both its Singapore and Malaysian offices. He is admitted as Advocate and Solicitor of both the High Court of Malaya and the Supreme Court of Singapore. He has more than 25 years’ experience in the shipping & transport, admiralty, insurance and international trade matters. He is an accredited arbitrator with the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration and has appeared at all levels of Malaysian Courts up to the apex Federal Court. He is also the author of Malaysian Forms and Precedents on Shipping, Insurance Claims, Wills and Trusts, Annotated Statutes on Sale of Goods Act, Merchant Shipping Ordinance, Merchant Shipping (Oil Pollution) Act, Collision Regulations, Halsbury’s Laws of Malaysia on Shipping, Carriers (Land, Air and Sea), Conflict of Laws, Equity, Bailment and Liens. He has previously practised in Singapore and has spoken at Industry conferences in Malaysia and abroad. Prior to joining the firm he established his own firm Philip Teoh & Co. He has previously founded and headed the International Trade, Shipping and Insurance Practices of Messrs. David Chong & Co., and had led the Shipping, Insurance and International Trade practices of Lee Ong & Kandiah and Zaid Ibrahim & Co. respectively. Philip Teoh joined Azmi & Associates in January 2015 as a Partner and Head of the Admiralty & Shipping, Insurance and International Trade Practice Group.


English and Bahasa Malaysia


Advocate and Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya; Advocate and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore


Philip Teoh graduated with Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from National University of Singapore in 1989 and later obtained a Master of Laws from University of Malaya.

Lawyer Rankings

Malaysia > Shipping

Praised for his ‘wealth of experience in maritime matters’, the team at Azmi & Associates is led by Philip Teoh, who is a member of the expert advisory panel on ports, transport and logistics of the Malaysian Competition Commission. Noted for its contentious and non-contentious capability, the practice’s workload includes ship arrests, involving complexities such as extending jurisdictional powers for warrants of arrest. A key work highlight includes the team’s success at the Court of Appeal on novel points involving rem rights and what constitutes effective notice in purchasing, though the matter was overturned by the High Court.