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Donovan & Ho

Work Department

Dispute Resolution / Labour and Employment




Donovan has been recognised as a recommended lawyer for labour and employment law by Legal 500 Asia Pacific in their 2017, 2018 and 2019 rankings, where he is described as “understanding, efficient and direct“ and “the name to note“.

Donovan assists corporate clients on various employment law issues, including drafting of employment contracts and handbooks, advising on workforce reductions, termination of employees and compliance issues, and representing them in employment litigation such as unfair dismissal claims and judicial review proceedings involving the decisions of the Industrial Court or the Minister of Human Resources.

Donovan also has extensive experience in dispute resolution and has represented international corporations in a wide range of matters, including commercial and civil litigation, international arbitrations, intellectual property disputes and construction adjudication.

He was the former regional legal counsel for South East Asia of PPG Industries, one of the largest paints and coatings manufacturers in the world.  In this role, he oversaw the organisation’s in-house legal services in South East Asia, supporting business units in the region across 6 countries, as well as Australia and New Zealand. Prior to his appointment at PPG Industries, Donovan was an associate in the dispute resolution and intellectual property practice group of Wong & Partners, a member firm of Baker & McKenzie.

Donovan was admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya in 2007. He is also a registered foreign lawyer with the Singapore International Commercial Court. He is a Fellow at the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators as well as at the Malaysian Institute of Arbitrators and a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He also sits on the Malaysian Bar’s Professional Standards and Development Committee and the Industrial and Employment Law Committee.


English, Malay


Registered Foreign Lawyer (Full), Singapore International Commercial Court
Fellow, Singapore Institute of Arbitrators
Fellow, Malaysian Institute of Arbitrators 
Member, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
Member, Malaysian Bar Industrial and Employment Law Committee
Member, Malaysian Bar Professional Standards and Development Committee


Certificate in Legal Practice
LLB (Hons), University of London

Lawyer Rankings

Malaysia > Labour and employment

Described as providing a ‘unique service‘, Donovan & Ho‘s labour and employment team counts L’Oreal within its client portfolio. Led by Donovan Cheah, it handles disputes as well as a broad spectrum of non-contentious matters. Specifically, it assists with internal misconduct investigations (including fraud and breach of fiduciary duties) as well as retrenchment and closure of businesses. One notable recent case is its defence of a medical device manufacturer in a series of unfair dismissal claims. Other industries served include: hospitality, food and beverages, IT, manufacturing, chemicals, professional services and construction.