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Navaratnam Chambers
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Work Department

Alternative dispute resolution, litigation


Founder and Senior Partner of Navaratnam Chambers.

He specialises in company law, commercial and administrative law disputes for both private and public listed companies, major financial institutions and multinational corporations. He also acts in professional liability, tax, construction and commercial arbitration disputes as well as libel and media disputes for and against leading local and international publications. He is also well versed with capital markets and securities industry regulatory and enforcement issues.


Nahendran was called to the Malaysian Bar in 1988 and has over 30 years’ experience handling trial and appellate work. He has previously been a partner in Messrs. Zul Rafique & Partners and headed the litigation practice in Messrs. Kadir Andri & Partners.

Industry Experience

Nahendran acts as barrister/counsel or arbitrator in commercial and company law disputes involving issues in contract, corporate governance, fiduciary duty, fraud, director’s duties, tort, conspiracy and statutory liability. He is familiar with capital markets and securities, banking insurance, construction, energy, project finance, joint ventures, technology, oil & gas, cross border disputes, professional liability, media and communications law, defamation, information and privacy law, trusts, administrative law and land law.  

His degree in Material Science gives him a unique advantage in dealing with complex technical issues.  He is especially conversant with issues involving statutory and contractual interpretation and has a unique and distinctive experience with regulatory, licensing and enforcement schemes in the securities industry and telecommunications, water and energy sectors in Malaysia.

He has represented the Securities Commission and the Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange, New Straits Times, Sime Darby, YTL, Petronas, Malaysian Airlines, Tabung Haji, Permodalan Nasional, Tenaga Nasional, Astro, Time, Maxis, the Malaysian Competition Commission, foreign multinational and international companies, several leading banks and insurance companies, the Malaysian Bar and many leading legal, engineering and accounting practices and acts as Counsel for many leading law firms.

Nahendran is a Chartered Arbitrator. He is listed to receive appointments as Arbitrator with the Asian International Arbitration Centre (AIAC), the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), the Malaysian Institute of Arbitrators (MIArb) and the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC). He has been appointed privately and by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), SIAC and the AIAC both as sole arbitrator and as member or chairman of an Arbitral Tribunal.

He is also an accredited mediator and is a member of the mediation panels of the AIAC, Malaysian Mediation Centre and Securities Industry Dispute Resolution Centre  (SIDREC). He is also an accredited adjudicator on the AIAC panel of adjudicators and has acted in two Royal Commissions of Inquiry.


Nahendran has been a contributing editor for the Malayan Law Journal Annotated Statute series and the Butterworth’s Handbook on Civil Appeals and the Malaysian White Book. 

He has delivered numerous papers for the Bar Council, and LexisNexis on civil trial practice and procedure, defamation and evidence, and to the Malaysian Institute of Corporate Governance on director’s duties and corporate governance.

He modelled and wrote the Bar Ethics Course and the Kuala Lumpur Legal Aid Centre’s working manual. He has also authored a chapter entitled “Independent Director – Perceptions, Roles and Responsibilities” issued by the Securities Commission of Malaysia and three text books published by Sweet & Maxwell entitled “A Trial Lawyer’s Companion” – a handbook for civil trial practice in Malaysia, “A Manual for Legal Secretaries and Paralegals” and the “Litigation Practice Guide”. 

He contributed the Malaysian chapter for Financier Worldwide Commercial Arbitration Annual Review and had been the Malaysian correspondent for the International Law Office from 2011 to 2012.

He has also been an adjunct lecturer at the School of Administration and Law of the now Mara University of Technology.

Professional Activities and Appointments

Nahendran has served on numerous sub-committees of the Malaysian Bar including the sub-committee for the Independence of the Judiciary, Human Rights, Legal Aid, Editorial, Professional Development and Civil Procedure.

He has also served as an elected representative of the Kuala Lumpur Bar and as past Chairman of Kuala Lumpur Legal Aid.

He is a regular coordinator and course leader for Advocacy courses conducted by the Malaysian Bar.

He served for two years on appointment by the Chief Justice of Malaya on the Advocates and Solicitors Disciplinary Board to deliberate on disciplinary complaints against lawyers. 

He was a member of the judiciary reform committee of PEMUDAH, treasurer of the Malaysian Institute of Arbitrators, and a member of the Rules Reform Committee of the Malaysian Bar.


English, Bahasa Malaysia


Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitration (FCIArb)

Fellow of the Malaysian Institute of Arbitrators (MIArb)

Member of the AIAC Advisory Council

Member of the ICC Malaysia Arbitration Committee


Bachelor of Laws (Monash University Australia)

BSc (Materials Science) (Monash University Australia)

Advocate & Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya

Chartered Arbitrator

Lawyer Rankings

Malaysia > Dispute resolution

(Hall of Fame)

Nahendran NavaratnamNavaratnam Chambers

Dispute resolution boutique Navaratnam Chambers has a breadth of experience across corporate, commercial and administrative litigation, as well as in arbitration, mediation and adjudication proceedings. With a broad litigation experience, Nahendran Navaratnam heads the practice; Wong Wye Wah has particular expertise across energy, insurance, telecoms, media and IT sector disputes.