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Who We Are

Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill is one of the largest law firms in Malaysia and has been providing personalised legal representation since 1902. While our size and long heritage assure clients that they are in capable hands, we have also proven to be an adept and dynamic partner in their affairs. We think out of the box and provide novel solutions that are different from others.

Our deal experience includes major corporate and commercial transactions associated with or materially impacting social, economic and financial developments in Malaysia. We have also acted on some of the most difficult and complex cases in which the decisions have significantly shaped the laws of the country. Our clients range from government authorities and companies, conglomerates, financial institutions and multinational corporations to small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), start-ups and private individuals.

We have advised or led on contentious and non-contentious matters in jurisdictions outside Malaysia or requiring foreign law advice. As the only firm in the country to be selected as a member of Multilaw and Interlaw, each of which is an international network of prominent independent law firms, we have access to over 8,000 lawyers in more than 150 cities worldwide.

We are consistently ranked as one of the leading law firms in the country by prestigious industry publications such as Chambers Asia Pacific, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, Asialaw Profiles and IFLR1000.


A journey over 100 years in the making

  • 1902, Allen & Gledhill was founded in Singapore.
  • 1959, Allen & Gledhill Malaysia was set-up.
  • 1972, Allen & Gledhill became an independent law firm, with practices based in Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Johor.
  • 1993, Lee Hishammuddin was founded by a team of dynamic lawyers.
  • 2005, partners of Lee Hishammuddin and Allen & Gledhill combined their strengths to form the present firm.

Today, we are based in Kuala Lumpur with branches in Johor Bahru and Penang.

 

CHAMBERS ASIA PACIFIC 2020

CHAMBERS ASIA PACIFIC 2019

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The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2020

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Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific 2020

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  • Commercial & Transaction
  • Construction
  • Labor & Employment
  • Tax

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  • Commercial & Transaction
  • Construction
  • Labor & Employment
  • Tax

ASIAN-MENA Counsel ‘IN-HOUSE COMMUNITY FIRM OF THE YEAR in MALAYSIA’ - 2019

ASIAN-MENA Counsel ‘IN-HOUSE COMMUNITY FIRM OF THE YEAR in MALAYSIA’ - 2018

  • Employment
  • Taxation
  • Most Responsive Domestic Law Firm
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  • Telecommunications, Media & Technology
  • Compliance/Regulatory
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  • Litigation and Dispute Resolution
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Asia Pacific Legal 500 (2020)

Dispute Resolution - Tier 1 Led by 'experienced and capable partners', Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill's dispute resolution team handles a full range of contentious matters including commercial disputes, banking and insolvency litigation, and construction and real estate disputes with clients benefiting from it being 'part of a seamless, multi disciplinary firm'. With a breadth of experience across civil and commercial litigation and arbitration proceedings, Lambert Rasa-Ratnam heads up the practice which includes: Nitin Nadkarni, who heads the international arbitration team, and Kumar Kanagasingam who is highlighted for banking and insolvency disputes. Other names to note include 'persuasive and quick thinking' capital market and securities litigator SM Shanmugam — who is 'a formidable figure both in and out of the courtroom' — and Darshendev Singh who handles a range of litigation and alternative dispute resolution with a particular focus on those relating to construction, engineering, oil & gas, and infrastructure projects.

Intellectual Property - Tier 1 The intellectual property team at Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill benefits from 'subject matter experts' who provide 'fast responses, customized service and flexible arrangements'. The group handles a full range of IP matters and counts telecoms, tobacco and automotive among its sector specialisms. The 'outstanding' practice head Bahari Yeow's expertise spans non-contentious matters and IP disputes, while Zhi Jian Lim focuses on litigation, and Eunice Wei Lynn Chan combines IP protection and portfolio management experience with commercial, competition, and regulatory expertise – particularly in the pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and food sectors – in advising on non-contentious matters.

Islamic Finance -Tier 1 Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill's Islamic finance team is a popular choice for domestic and international financial institutions and counts United Overseas Bank, RHB Islamic Bank and Mapletree Investments among its clients. Weng Hwee Tay – who has been particularly active in advising foreign funds and banks on mezzanine financings – heads up the practice which includes Megat Hizaini Hassan, who has a breadth of experience in advising lenders on project finance transactions, restructuring projects and debt issuance.

Labour & Employment - Tier 1 The 'very professional and efficient' employment and industrial relations team at Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill provides 'sound technical legal advice' on a range of compliance, contractual, contentious matters. Its impressive client roster includes major Malaysian companies and multinationals, such as CIMB Bank and Samsung Electronics. Practice head and 'good strategist' Heng Seng Lim is highlighted particularly for corporate advisory work while Thavalingam Thavarajah focuses on employment disputes. Other names to note include Shariffullah Abdul Majeed who has particular industrial relations experience and senior associate Amardeep Singh attracts praise for being 'a good communicator'.

Real Estate & Construction -Tier 1 The real estate and construction team at Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill offers a full-service to its real estate sector clients and combines real estate development and transactions expertise with corporate and disputes capabilities. The team is jointly led by corporate and commercial partner Weng Hwee Tay and Nitin Nadkarni who specialises in international arbitration. Other names to note include Bella Chai Yee Chu and Darshendev Singh for transactional and contentious matters respectively.

Tax - Ranked: Tier 1 The tax team at Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill is known for handling high-value tax disputes relating to transfer pricing, sales and services tax, capital allowance, withholding tax, tax incentives and customs valuation, and is particularly active in bringing tax appeals before the Special Commissioners of Income Tax. The group is also instructed in non-contentious and advisory matters. Aznam Mansor, who focuses on advising private clients, anti-money laundering and civil tax recovery-focused partner Bahari Yeow.

IT & Telecoms (TMT) -Tier 1 The TMT group at Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill expertise spans the IT and telecoms sector, with capabilities to handle regulatory, compliance and licensing advice, transactional matters as well as project finance and dispute resolution. Practice head Adlin Abdul Majid is a key name for transactional and regulatory matters, while G. Vijay Kumar handles a range of telecoms and IT disputes; Bahari Yeow also focuses on IT disputes. The team's fintech expertise has been further strengthened by the arrival of Raphael Tay Choon Tien from Chooi & Company and Cheang & Ariff. Associate Thong Xin Lin has particular telecoms and communications sector regulatory expertise.

Antitrust and Competition - Tier 2 The competition practice at Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill focuses on advising international clients investing in Malaysia on compliance matters and attracts praise for being 'willing to go the extra mile'. Adlin Abdul Majid assists clients with a range of compliance issues, while Eunice Chan Wei Lynn's broad expertise extends to advising clients on competition considerations relating to licensing of intellectual property.

Banking and Finance - Tier 2 The 'very experienced' Weng Hwee Tay leads the team at Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill, which acts across the range of banking and finance matters, including syndicated loans, project and asset finance, bankruptcy and restructuring and bank branch establishment. The practice has a particular strength in transactions, primarily acting for lenders, which include international institutions such as HSBC and Standard Charted alongside domestic banks such as Maybank, CIMB and AmBank.

Capital Markets - Tier 2 The capital markets practice at Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill has experience of assisting clients with the full range equity and debt issuances; the group has been advising on an increasing volume of IPOs in Malaysia and continues to be particularly active in Sukuk issuances. Head of the corporate team, Tay Weng Hwee, is a name to note in the equity space and Megat Hizaini Hassan focuses on Islamic finance.

Corporate and M&A - Tier 2 Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill's 'solution-oriented' corporate and M&A team counts large Malaysian corporates, including Sapura Energy and UEM Sunrise, as well as international companies with activities, or establishing interests, in Malaysia. It has experience across a breadth of sectors and has recently seen an uptick of work in the infrastructure and insurance sectors. Practice head Tay Weng Hwee handles a full range of corporate and commercial transactions. Raphael Tay, who joined the team from Chooi & Company and Cheang & Ariff, brings a breadth of corporate experience and has recently been particularly active in the fintech sector.


Asia Pacific Legal 500 (2019)

Dispute Resolution - Tier 1 Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill's department is well known for its formidable strength in depth. 'Sharp, skilful, knowledgeable articulator' Andrew Chiew, who along with Sean Yeow and Kumar Kanagasingam specialises in banking disputes, acted for AmBank Islamic Bank and PricewaterhouseCoopers in a financing dispute and an insolvency dispute respectively. Persuasive SM Shanmugam in corporate and securities litigation, Darshendev Singh in projects and energy, G Vijay Kumar in TMT disputes, and Nitin Nadkarni in arbitration, including international arbitration. Lambert Rasa-Ratnam is 'a trusted litigation authority'. The 'hardworking' Ho Ai Ting, who specialises in real estate and corporate disputes and provides 'detailed advice', made partner in 2018.

Intellectual Property - Tier 1 Peopled by 'many good, experienced, very friendly lawyers', the practice at Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill is led by the 'helpful, knowledgeable' Bahari Yeow, who 'explains complex matters in an easily understandable manner'. Yeow and the 'resourceful, efficient, accommodating' Lim Zhi Jian, who made partner in 2018 and is 'committed and solution-driven', go 'above and beyond' and 'think outside the box'. The 'attentive, dedicated' Eunice Chan Wei Lynn is especially strong in franchise- and competition-related IP. Data protection expert Adlin Abdul Majid heads the group jointly with Yeow. Clients of the team include Philip Morris, Apple, Orange and Panasonic.

Islamic Finance - Tier 1 The team at Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill is led by Tay Weng Hwee, who is 'especially good at devising practical solutions to issues'. The 'readily available' Megat Hizaini Hassan, who is noted for his industry knowledge, frequently acts on Islamically structured loans and debt capital markets issuances.

Labour & Employment -: Tier 1 Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill's team is 'committed to quality', 'examines matters thoroughly from all sides' and 'does everything possible to make the client succeed'. The full-service practice is led by the 'knowledgeable, meticulous, clear-sighted' Lim Heng Seng and the 'astute' Thavalingam Thavarajah; Thavarajah defended ExxonMobil Exploration & Production Malaysia against a multimillion-dollar claim relating to overtime pay for offshore oil-rig employees.

Real Estate & Construction - Tier 1 Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill's department provides 'the best solutions for the client's needs', and has 'good industry knowledge'; real estate transactions, construction and contentious work are all areas of deep experience. Tay Weng Hwee heads the transactional team. Ho Ai Ting is 'prompt and hardworking'; the 'really helpful' Bella Chu Chai Yee, who is 'able to work around non-straightforward situations', is commended for her 'attention to detail and risk evaluation'; and Darshendev Singh 'always delivers in a timely fashion'. Chu acted for UEM Sunrise on various transactions, including joint venture and land acquisition matters, and advised Koh Brothers Group on its subsidiary Changi Properties' joint venture with the Tang Group of Companies. Other clients include S P Setia, Malaysian Pacific and China General Nuclear Power Group. Nitin Nadkarni is recommended for construction disputes.

Tax - Tier 1 With superb strength in depth and an excellent client base, the team at Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill handles the full range of tax work. Clients include Atlan Holdings, Carlsberg Brewery Malaysia, Cititower and the Commonwealth of Australia.

IT & Telecoms (TMT) - Tier 1 Commended for 'always providing useful strategies and insights', the 'renowned' team at Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill has 'good knowledge of industry dynamics' and 'always focuses on clients' long-term interest'; it 'examines matters thoroughly from all angles'. The practice handles the full range of TMT matters, and counts high-profile companies such as Telekom Malaysia among its clients. Fintech is an increasingly active area for the firm. 'Very effective, impressive litigator' Bahari Yeow can 'explain complex legal matters in layperson terms', the 'highly competent, technically accomplished' Adlin Abdul Majid is 'a strong, helpful leader', and the 'attentive' G. Vijay Kumar is 'highly versatile and solution-driven'. Senior associate Thong Xin Lin is also recommended.

Antitrust and Competition - Tier 2 The 'very professional' full-service practice at Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill has excellent strength in depth, with highly active partners as well as 'associates who respond effectively to clients' needs'. The five-lawyer team's client base comprises mostly foreign clients, though large government-linked companies such as Telekom Malaysia also instruct the group on antitrust matters. TMT expert Adlin Abdul Majid heads the practice and Eunice Chan Wei Lynn are also active in the space.

Banking and Finance - Tier 2 Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill has excellent multi-jurisdictional capabilities, and handles financial restructuring as well as project, asset and corporate finance and syndicated loans; it is praised for its 'industry knowledge'. The team is led by Tay Weng Hwee; its clients include Kenanga Investment Bank, Mapletree Investments and CIMB Bank. Megat Hizaini Hassan is a 'readily available' Islamic finance expert. Cindy Sim is a 'responsive and thorough' associate. Bella Chu Chai Yee made partner in 2018.

Corporate and M&A - Tier 2 With particular experience in foreign direct investment, and growing expertise in the insurance and infrastructure sectors, Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill's full-service department has excellent strength in depth. Group head Tay Weng Hwee and corporate real estate expert Bella Chu Chai Yee acted for HSS Engineers on its purchase of engineering consultancy firm SMHB, and advised Owens & Minor on the Malaysian aspects of its purchase of Halyard Health's Surgical & Infection Prevention business. Steven Tee joined from Rahmat Lim & Partners in August 2017; Aaron Gerard Sankar is another name to note.


Asia Pacific Legal 500 (2018)

Dispute Resolution - Tier 1 Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill’s disputes team is one of the largest in the country and receives praise for its ‘creative and pragmatic approach to instructions’. It acted for Maybank, as the issuer of a letter of credit, in an over €29m dispute arising from an underlying contract involving several parties. Other clients include Telekom Malaysia, Malaysia Airlines and Sunway Holdings. Lambert Rasa-Ratnam, Nitin Nadkarni and Kumar Kanagasingam lead the practice. Darshendev Singh was made partner.

Intellectual Property - Tier 1 Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill’s ‘business-oriented’ team ‘goes the extra mile and produces good results’. Bahari Yeow ‘impresses by achieving pragmatic solutions for his clients’, and Adlin Abdul Majid is noted for his expertise and knowledge; both head the practice. Previous work highlights have included representing Philip Morris in a trade mark infringement and passing off dispute. The government of Malaysia and LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton have also been clients.

Islamic Finance - Ranked: Tier 1 Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill is known for its expertise in sukuk issuances and works for clients active in a wide variety of Islamic finance matters such as syndicated loans, club deals, project finance, asset finance and capital markets transactions. Megat Hizaini Hassan advised AmBank Islamic (formerly AmIslamic Bank) on its collaboration with the State Government of Johore related to an Islamic financing for a state-driven housing scheme in Johore for a total value of RM300m. Highlights also included assisting AmInvestment Bank with the upsizing of Sabah Credit Corporation’s existing Islamic commercial papers programme of up to RM750m as well as its MTN programme valued at RM1.5bn, conducted under the Shariah principle of Musharakah. Tay Weng Hwee heads the department.

Labour & Employment - Tier 1 Leading employment practitioners Heng Seng Lim and Thavalingam Thavarajah head the ‘excellent’ employment department at Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill. Highlights included advising the South East Asian Central Banks (SEACEN) Research and Training Centre in two judicial reviews related to unfair dismissals connected to a SEACEN restructuring process. Other clients include Universiti Utara Malaysia, CIMB Bank and Chevron Malaysia.

Real Estate & Construction - Tier 1 Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill’s real estate and construction practice advises clients on the sale and purchase of land, as well as housing, retail, hospitality and industrial project developments; it has a particular expertise in real estate finance, acting for lenders and borrowers alike. Its lawyers are also experts in construction disputes before the courts and in arbitration proceedings. Real estate transactional department head Tay Weng Hwee is acting for UEM Sunrise in its joint venture with The Malay College Old Boys Association (MCOBA) for the construction of the latter’s new headquarters as well as a mixed development in Seputeh. It is also advising Malaysia Pacific Corporation on its joint venture with the associated company of Chun Fu Construction (Taiwan) to develop thirteen pieces of land in Pasir Gudang Johor. Tay and director of the construction disputes practice Nitin Hadkarni heads the group, which includes Megat Hizaini Hassan and Aaron Gerard Sankar.

Tax - Tier 1 Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill houses the largest specialised tax team in the country. Recent highlights included acting for Tenaga Nasional in the biggest tax litigation in the country against the Malaysian tax authority in a challenge to a RM2bn tax bill. A list of selected clients includes Syarikat SESCO, Berjaya Times Square and Perumahan Kinrara.

IT & Telecoms (TMT) - Tier 1 Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill has a proven track record acting for corporations in regulatory, licensing, compliance and data protection matters. Adlin Abdul Majid is the key contact for transactional and regulatory issues, the telecom disputes practice is headed by G Vijay Kumar, while the IT disputes section is jointly led by Bahari Yeow and SM Shanmugam. Highlights for the practice have included advising Oracle on its eligibility to apply as a foreign corporation for a Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) status, an initiative by the Government of Malaysia to attract foreign and local investment into the country.

Antitrust and Competition - Tier 2 Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill is reputed for its work in competition matters, acting for foreign investors, government-linked corporations and public companies. Adlin Abdul Majid, who advises clients on compliance with the Competition Act, also leads the practice. The group advised a major banking corporation on competition issues connected with a proposed bank-assurance agreement; it has also provided constant competition law training to employees of a corporation that recently merged.

Banking and Finance - Tier 2 Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill advises on syndicated loans, project finance, equipment financing and leasing, bank branch openings and regulatory matters, among others. Weng Hwee Tay leads the practice, which includes Megat Hizaini Hassan. Kenanga Investment Bank, United Overseas Bank, RHB Bank and Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA) are clients.

Corporate and M&A - Tier 2 Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill’s corporate practice is ‘top level, punctual, professional and good value for money’ according to one source. Highlights for the practice included acting for Reliance Holdings on the complex sale of the substantial and remaining stake in listed corporation Reliance Pacific in an RM200m operation, and advising Perusahaan Minyak Sawit Bintang and Yong Peng Realty (both subsidiaries of I&P Group) on the sale of business assets, including land, machinery, equipment and vehicles, to Sime Darby Plantation. Practice head Tay Weng Hwee is key contact.

 


CHAMBERS ASIA PACIFIC (2020)

Dispute Resolution – Band 1 Standout disputes team, drawing on a strong bench of high-quality litigators. Its diverse expertise spans company, banking, insolvency and real estate cases, as well as construction disputes. Also often represents clients in domestic and international arbitration. Particularly adept in handling financial services regulatory cases. Regularly acts for leading Malaysian and foreign clients in a variety of sectors, including energy, finance and engineering. Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients):

  • An interviewee asserts: "Their partners across departments have a good rapport and conscientiously work as a seamless team to provide the right services to match their clients' needs." This source adds that "they have a veritable arsenal of senior partners and consultants."
  • A further client extols their "ability to identify issues, provide holistic recommendations and deliver as promised."

Work highlights: Represented the Malaysian United Indigenous Party in a judicial review application to quash the Registrar of Societies' dissolution order against it, which would have revoked the party's registration ahead of Malaysia's general election in 2018.

Notable practitioners: Andrew Chiew Ean Vooi is recognised for his handling of banking and shareholder disputes. He also specialises in insolvency cases and acts for Malaysian and international clients from a range of sectors. G. Vijay Kumar focuses on commercial cases, including shareholder, director and professional negligence disputes, often acting for Malaysian corporates. A client notes: "He picks out nuances and details, highlighting how we should approach matters. He is willing to listen and give advice at the right time," and that "his advocacy is superb." Lambert Rasa-Ratnam is a leading litigator who is highly regarded by clients for "his wealth of experience." Also active on arbitration cases, he receives instructions on mandates that include land, director, contractual and professional negligence disputes. Nitin Nadkarni is a highly experienced lawyer, with one source noting that "he is very articulate and knowledgeable about construction." He often acts for clients in the energy and engineering spaces and is regularly engaged on international arbitration proceedings. Sean Yeow is well placed to handle insolvency and banking disputes. A client says that "he exhibits strong business acumen and is always able to provide effective legal solutions," adding: "We derive immense comfort and reassurance from dealing with him."

Employment & Industrial Relations – Band 1 Leading employment practice, typically representing employers in both contentious and non-contentious matters. Regularly represents clients in litigation, including unfair dismissal cases, as well as advising on issues such as employee transfers, redundancies and trade union matters. Often active on cases involving judicial review applications. Advises domestic and international clients from numerous sectors, including finance, aviation, TMT, energy and retail. Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients):

  • A client reports: "They always keep us updated on the latest developments in our matters and provide timely feedback to our queries." This source adds: "Their services are highly sought after given their wide areas of legal expertise."
  • Another interviewee appreciates the firm's provision of "business-friendly advice."

Work highlights:

Represented Samsung Electronics in defence of a claim brought by three former employees for unjust dismissal.

Notable practitioners: Lim Heng Seng has an excellent market reputation, assisting clients with workforce structuring and other employment advisory matters, as well as dismissal cases. One client comments: "He is very professional and patient, and his advice is practical, pragmatic, and business-focused." Thavalingam Thavarajah has extensive experience in employment disputes, representing clients in trade union and unfair dismissal cases. A client lauds him as "the country's premier specialist," describing him as "pragmatic, very experienced, extremely knowledgeable and very well known in the industrial courts."

Tax – Band 1 First-rate tax practice, highly regarded for its team depth and high-profile clientele. Especially strong on disputes, regularly handling high-profile tax appeals on issues such as income and withholding tax, as well as transfer pricing. Also offers commendable advisory services, including on GST and SST regulations. Acts for leading international clients from a range of sectors, as well as local corporates. Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients):

  • Clients praise the team's depth, commenting: "They are a high-quality team with good depth, and they are very client-focused and responsive."
  • Another interviewee commends the firm's "very professional and highly efficient" approach.

Work highlights: Represented Shell Business Service Centre in a transfer pricing dispute, relating to its judicial review application to the High Court of Malaysia against a notice of assessment between 2011 to 2013 raised by Malaysia's Inland Revenue Board.

Intellectual Property – Band 2 Respected team handling litigation and advisory matters for a range of domestic and international clients. Especially knowledgeable of personal data protection issues, with strong expertise in the TMT space. Its diverse coverage spans trade mark, copyright and breach of confidential information disputes, as well as franchising agreements and patent applications. Its clientele includes leading names in the technology, consumer goods and healthcare sectors. Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients):

  • A client notes: "They are meticulous in providing their services and are able to grasp the issues at hand. They are very fast in giving feedback."
  • Another source adds: "They do not merely advise on the law, but are also committed to solving business problems."

Work highlights: Acted for Philip Morris on obtaining an urgent ex parte injunction to restrain infringing goods from leaving Malaysian territorial waters.

Notable practitioners: Bahari Yeow is often engaged by leading global and domestic brands on trade mark infringement cases, IP portfolio management and IP searches. Clients note that "he is creative and efficient, providing comprehensive and well thought-out advice." Lim Zhi Jian handles trade mark and patent matters, including infringement cases and portfolio management. Interviewees say he is "friendly, approachable, experienced and knowledgeable."


CHAMBERS ASIA PACIFIC (2019)

Dispute Resolution – Band 1 Standout disputes team, drawing on a strong bench of high-quality litigators. Its diverse expertise spans company, banking, insolvency and real estate cases, as well as construction arbitration. Particularly adept in handling financial services regulatory cases. Regularly acts for leading domestic and international clients in a variety of sectors, including energy and finance. Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients):

  • "Their partners exhibit an exceptional sense of professionalism, are very knowledgeable in terms of law and process, and enjoy a strong rapport with clients. They have an unparalleled breadth of expertise and experience, combined with their willingness to go above and beyond."
  • "a particular strength of the firm is its advocacy skills in court and its quality of written submissions,"
  • "ability to foresee issues and strategise well."

Work highlights: Represented AmBank Islamic Bank against claims by TRW Square and Boulevard Plaza, which concerned the legality of MYR400 million loan facilities provided by the client to the companies. Acted for Securities Commission Malaysia on an insider trading case, which concerned activities by a former director of a public listed company.

Notable practitioners: With over 30 years of experience, Nitin Nadkarni is frequently cited as a leading figure for construction disputes. Especially active on international arbitration, he specialises in engineering, infrastructure and energy mandates, alongside a range of general commercial cases. Lambert Rasa-Ratnam heads the firm's dispute resolution practice and has extensive experience acting as both a litigator and arbitrator. He handles a range of civil and commercial matters, including banking, insolvency and administrative disputes. Andrew Chiew Ean Vooi often handles litigation in the areas of banking and insolvency, with knowledge of both conventional and Islamic finance matters. He also focuses on company disputes and advises both Malaysian and foreign clients. Sean Yeow is recognised for a focus on litigation in the finance sector, as well as insolvency and contractual disputes. Clients appreciate that he is "practical and provides explanations that are easily understood."

Employment & Industrial Relations – Band 1 Leading employment practice, typically representing employers in both contentious and non-contentious matters. Regularly represents clients in litigation, including unfair dismissal cases, as well as advising on issues such as employee transfers, redundancies and trade union matters. Advises domestic and international clients from numerous sectors, including finance, TMT, energy and retail. Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients):

  • "They are very technically knowledgeable and provide practical advice on how to overcome the various challenges we faced."

Work highlights:

Acted for ExxonMobil Exploration & Production in a high-value claim regarding employee overtime payments. Defended CIMB Bank against a claim of constructive dismissal brought by its former head of direct investments.

Notable practitioners: Lim Heng Seng is well regarded for his broad employment advisory practice, which covers trade unions and employment regulation issues as well as staff migrations and terminations. He is valued by one client for providing "very practical and pragmatic advice" and for "taking a quick decision" when faced with pressing issues. Thavalingam Thavarajah is an esteemed lawyer who is widely regarded as a market-leading practitioner for employment disputes. He has an impressive track record of handling high-profile employment cases, with interviewees attesting to his "vast experience and expertise in industrial relations matters." In addition to his disputes practice, he is also capable of assisting with non-contentious tax work.

Tax – Band 1 First-rate tax practice which is highly regarded in the market both for the size of its team and for its list of high-profile local and multinational clients. Especially strong on disputes, the team regularly handles high-profile tax appeals on issues such as income and withholding tax, transfer pricing and investment allowance. Also offers commendable advisory services, including on GST regulations. Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients):

  • "We are highly impressed with the firm. They are technically sound, very professional and provide quick responses."
  • "They are very good, straight to the point and strategists. There is a sense of assurance from the solicitors that every strategy adopted is with a purpose."

Work highlights: Successfully represented Atlan in obtaining leave for an application for judicial review in respect of the Customs’ decision of imposing import and excise duties on goods traded in a duty-free shop. Assisted the Commonwealth of Australia and its tax authorities with a cross-border tax dispute in the jurisdiction of the courts of Malaysia.


CHAMBERS ASIA PACIFIC (2018)

Dispute Resolution – Band 1 Standout disputes team, drawing on a strong bench of high-quality lawyers. Its diverse expertise spans company, banking, insolvency and real estate cases, as well as construction arbitration. Regularly acts for leading domestic and international clients in a variety of sectors, including energy and finance. Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients):

  • "The lawyers' responsiveness and accessibility is impressive. They provide prompt responses to all of our queries and deliver a quick turnaround of work."
  • "exceptional sense of professionalism" and its "strong rapport with clients."
  • "really impressed with their quality in a short period of time."

Work highlights: Represented Maybank in a dispute over a letter of credit, which had been issued to cover Southern HRC's contractual payment to Danieli & C. Officine Meccaniche. Assisted Sentul Raya with filing for a judicial review in opposition to the compulsory acquisition of 11 plots of its land towards the Mass Rapid Transit Sungai Buloh-Serdang-Putrajaya project, which was worth a combined MYR2 billion.

Notable practitioners: Nitin Nadkarni is a renowned name in the construction disputes arena, with strong expertise as a litigator and arbitrator. He often presides over energy and infrastructure cases, while also handling general commercial disputes. He defended several parties, including Malaysia Airlines, against a judicial review application by Malaysian Airline System Employees Union relating to travel allowances. Lambert Rasa-Ratnam maintains a market-leading reputation, acting on both litigation and arbitration. His broad focus includes banking, company, land and contractual disputes. He was involved in assisting Sunway Holdings with a sale and purchase agreement dispute in the property space. Andrew Chiew Ean Vooi is especially active on banking and insolvency cases, on behalf of both domestic and international clients. He defended Al Rajhi Banking & Investment Corporation against a void disposition and undue preference claim by the liquidator of Inai Offshore. Sean Yeow particularly focuses on banking and insolvency litigation, often acting for financial institutions, liquidators and receivers. He represented Bukit Kiara Development in a balance of purchase price dispute relating to the sale of land.

Employment & Industrial Relations – Band 1 Leading employment practice, typically representing employers in both contentious and non-contentious matters. Regularly represents clients in litigation, including unfair dismissal cases, as well as advising on issues such as employee transfers, redundancies and trade union matters. Advises domestic and international clients from numerous sectors, including finance, energy and retail. Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients):

  • "quality of service and effectiveness of communication."
  • "their strength is co-operation and working together."

Work highlights: Acted for CIMB Bank in a constructive dismissal claim in the Court of Appeal, which had been brought against the client by a former CEO. Represented Chevron Malaysia in defence of an unfair dismissal claim in the High Court, which was linked to redundancy as a result of the client's company-wide restructuring.

Notable practitioners: Lim Heng Seng is a highly experienced practitioner with a particular emphasis on employment advisory work. He especially focuses on staff migration, trade union, benefits and termination matters. He advised Cabot Malaysia on a judicial review application brought by an employee, in relation to a claim for constructive dismissal. Thavalingam Thavarajah is a renowned employment litigator, advising leading global and local companies on high-profile cases. A client attests: "I recommend him a lot; he is able to work on good solutions." He acted for Lotus Engineering Malaysia in an unfair dismissal claim by six foreign employees, in a case related to the closure of the company's Malaysian operations.

Tax – Band 1 First-rate tax practice which is highly regarded in the market both for the size of its team and for its list of high-profile local and multinational clients. Especially strong on disputes, the team regularly handles high-profile tax appeals on issues such as income and withholding tax, transfer pricing and investment allowance. Also offers commendable advisory services, including on GST regulations. Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients):

  • "they are one of the top legal firms where tax litigation matters are concerned."
  • "The firm is very capable and gives us the distinct feeling that we can trust their advice."

Work highlights: Represented Tenaga in a high-value reinvestment allowance dispute against the Inland Revenue. Advised Petronas Group on numerous tax appeals, including issues relating to export duty, research and development and advertising issues.

Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill believes that like all businesses, we have a social role to play in the wider community in which we operate. We have endeavoured to support community and public interest causes.

Towards that end, the firm:

  1. has formally established a framework to employ its legal expertise and resources in pro bono work, without expectation of a fee, in the areas involving human rights, fundamental constitutional liberties and the rights of marginalised minority and aboriginal peoples;
  2. renders legal services in matters pertaining to the Advocates & Solicitors Disciplinary Board and the Malaysian Bar Council;
  3. encourages its lawyers, regardless of their department, to provide legal services pro bono and perform voluntary work; and
  4. contributes time, expertise and other resources, from time to time and through appropriate means, to help improve community welfare, assist the disadvantaged and alleviate poverty.

We have acted in the following public interest litigations:

  • Malaysian aboriginal people’s land rights
      • • Mohamad Bin Nohing (Batin Kampung Bukit Rok) & Ors v Pejabat Tanah dan Galian Negeri Pahang & Ors [2013] 5 MLJ 268, High Court of Malaya (Temerloh) [“Kampung Bukit Rok case”]
        • • Ketua Pengarah Jabatan Hal Ehwal Orang Asli & 1 Lagi v Mohamad Bin Nohing & 5 Lagi (Rayuan Sivil C-01-45-02/2013), Court of Appeal (Putrajaya)
        • • Pengarah Tanah Dan Galian Negeri Pahang & 1 Lagi v Mohamad Bin Nohing & 5 Lagi (Rayuan Sivil C-01-85-03/2013), Court of Appeal (Putrajaya)
      • • Rosli Bin Along & 2 Yang Lain v Kerajaan Negeri Kelantan & 1 Yang Lain (Permohonan bagi Semakan Kehakiman No. 25-7-2011), High Court of Malaya (Kota Bharu) [“Pos Belatim case”]

      Mr. Lim Heng Seng was the lead counsel in both the above cases. In the Kampung Bukit Rok case, LHAG acted as solicitors and counsel on behalf of the Semelai Orang Asli of Kampung Bukit Rok and Kampung Ibam in Temerloh, Pahang and in the Pos Belatim case, LHAG acted as solicitors and counsel on behalf of the Temiar Orang Asli of Pos Belatim in Gua Musang, Kelantan.

  • Freedom to profess and practise religion
      • • Jill Ireland Lawrence Bill v Menteri Bagi Kementerian Dalam Negeri Malaysia & Anor [2014] 1 LNS 1279, High Court of Malaya (Kuala Lumpur) [“Jill Ireland case”]
        • • Menteri Bagi Kementerian Dalam Negeri & Anor v Jill Ireland Lawrence Bill & Another Appeal [2015] 7 CLJ 727, Court of Appeal (Putrajaya)
      • • Jerry W.A. Dusing @ Jerry W. Patel & Anor v Menteri Keselamatan Dalam Negeri Malaysia & 1 Lagi (Permohonan bagi Semakan Kehakiman No. R2-25-407-2007), High Court of Malaya (Kuala Lumpur) [“SIB Sabah case”]
        • • Jerry W.A. Dusing & Anor v Menteri Keselamatan Dalam Negeri Malaysia & Anor [2014] 9 CLJ 321, Court of Appeal (Putrajaya)

      In both the Jill Ireland case and SIB Sabah case, the issues revolve around the decision of the Ministry of Home Affairs allegedly made pursuant to the Printing Presses And Publications Act 1984 (“PPPA”) to withhold and/or prohibit the distribution and/or importation of Christian publications e.g. audio CDs and educational materials for children which contain the use of the word “Allah”. Mr. Lim Heng Seng acted as lead counsel for solicitors in the applications for judicial review against the decision of the Ministry of Home Affairs.

  • Child’s rights and interests
      • • Ketua Pengarah Pendaftaran Negara, Malaysia & 2 Lagi v Navin A/L Moorthy & 1 Lagi (Rayuan Sivil No. W-01(NCVC)(A)-516-12/2014), Court of Appeal, Putrajaya [“Navin case”]
      • • Indira Gandhi A/P Mutho v Pathamanathan A/L Krishnan (Saman Pemula No.: 24-513-2009), High Court of Malaya (Ipoh) (which is reported in [2015] 7 MLJ 153) [“Indira Gandhi case”]
      • • Gan Beng Wei & 1 Lagi v Lee Geok Yen @ Nur Laili Binti Abdullah (Saman Pemula No.: MT3-24-760-2007), High Court of Malaya (Shah Alam) [“Gan Beng Wei case”]

      In the Navin case, Mr. Lim Heng Seng acted as lead counsel for solicitors representing the applicant in the matter at the High Court. The respondents in the matter at the High Court appealed against the High Court’s decision declaring that the applicant is entitled to Malaysian citizenship and directing the Ketua Pengarah Pendaftaran Negara (Director of the National Registration Department of Malaysia) to exercise the special power under Article 15A of the Federal Constitution to register the Applicant as a Malaysian citizen.

    • The Indira Gandhi case whereas emanated from an earlier action in Indira Gandhi A/P Mutho v Pengarah Jabatan Agama Islam Perak & Ors [2013] 5 MLJ 552) where the plaintiff's wife had successfully applied for a declaration that the conversion of her three children by her husband the respondent to Islam was unconstitutional, null, void and of no effect.
    • In the Gan Beng Wei case, LHAG acted as solicitors and counsel on behalf of the plaintiffs in this Originating Summons. Mr. Lim Heng Seng was involved in the conduct of this case together with Mr. Lambert Rasa-Ratnam.
  • Persecution of a Muslim bookstore manager
      • • Jabatan Agama Islam Wilayah Persekutuan & Ors v Berjaya Books Sdn. Bhd. & Ors [Federal Court Civil Application No.: 08(f)-27-0112015(W)]
      • • Jabatan Agama Islam Wilayah Persekutuan & Ors v Berjaya Books Sdn. Bhd. & Ors [2015] 3 MLJ 65
      • • Berjaya Books Sdn. Bhd. & Ors v Jabatan Agama Islam Wilayah Persekutuan & Ors [2014] 1 MLJ 138
      • • Ketua Pendakwa Syarie v Nik Raina Binti Nik Abdul Aziz [Mahkamah Rayuan Syariah Di Kuala Lumpur Kes Rayuan Jenayah No.: 14000-111-0005-2015]
      • • Ketua Pendakwa Syarie v Nik Raina Binti Nik Abdul Aziz [Mahkamah Tinggi Syariah Di Kuala Lumpur Kes Jenayah Bil.: 14600-111-0025-2012]

      On 23 May 2012, the religious enforcement department of the Federal Territories, Jabatan Agama Islam Wilayah Persekutuan (JAWI) raided Borders bookstore and seized several books by a renowned writer, Irshad Manji, titled “Allah, Kebebasan dan Cinta” and “Allah, Liberty and Love” whereas the publications were not banned whether by federal law or the state religious law. A ban on the publications was only gazetted 3 weeks later. Despite various representations made to JAWI, the Home Minister and the Religious Minister, JAWI proceeded to prosecute the Muslim bookstore manager, Nik Raina Nik Abdul Aziz. Rosli launched a judicial review application against JAWI, the Home Minister and the Religious Minister challenging not only the unconstitutionality of state religious law but also the illegal enforcement and prosecution actions.

  • Persecution of a Malay scholar
      • • Kassim @ Osman Bin Ahmad v Dato’ Seri Jamil Khir Bin Baharom & 3 Ors [Judicial Review Application No. 25-119-06/2014]
      • • Ketua Pendakwa Syarie v Kassim @ Osman Bin Ahmad [Dalam Mahkamah Tinggi Syariah Di Wilayah Persekutuan Putrajaya Kes 14400-134-0010-2014, 14400-136-0011-2014 dan 14400-134-0014-2014]

      On 16.2.2015, Yayasan Kepimpinan Perdana Putrajaya invited an 82 year old Malay scholar known as Kassim Ahmad to an intellectual discourse. He presented a paper entitled “Seminar Pemikiran Kassim Ahmad: Suatu Penilaian Hala Tuju Bangsa & Negara Malaysia untuk 30 Tahun Akan Datang”. The talk stirred public controversy. On 26.3.2015, the Jabatan Agama Islam Wilayah Persekutuan (“JAWI”) raided Kassim’s house in Kedah, seized his writings, arrested him and removed him from his home state in Kedah through the state of Penang and Selangor to bring him to Kuala Lumpur. He was then charged for breaching the state Fatwa of the Federal Territories. In doing so, JAWI did not comply with the state laws of Kedah, Wilayah Persekutuan, Penang and Selangor. JAWI also breached various constitutional provisions on fundamental liberties. Rosli mounted a Judicial Review application against JAWI, the Chief Syarie Prosecutor, Religious Minister and the Government of Malaysia. On 21/12/2015, the Court of Appeal delivered a landmark decision that declared JAWI’s actions as illegal and void, and chastised the High Court for abdicating its supervisory powers. The Court of Appeal also awarded cost and damages for JAWI’s illegal actions which is unprecedented.

  • Forfeiture of a Chinese company’s land to build a mosque
      • United Allied Empire Sdn. Bhd. v Pengarah Tanah dan Galian Selangor & 5 Ors [Shah Alam High Court Judicial Review Application No. 25-38-04/2013]
      • • United Allied Empire Sdn. Bhd. v Pentadbir Tanah Daerah Kuala Selangor [Shah Alam High Court Land Reference No. 15-72-07/2013]

      United Allied Empire Sdn. Bhd. (UAE) is a Chinese-owned company which had over the years purchased and amalgamated several pieces of land in Kuala Selangor to become an integrated development land. In the development plan, having taken into account the population density, UAE made provision for a mosque reserve measuring 1 acre. Jabatan Agama Islam Selangor (JAIS), the Religious Department of Selangor used the Land Acquisition Act 1960 to request the Selangor State Authority to acquire its entire parcel of land measuring 26 acres purportedly to build a mosque and paid very low compensation. Rosli challenged the low compensation. Rosli also mounted a judicial review challenging that the forcible acquisition was in breach of the express and implied provisions of the Land Acquisition Act and was made mala fide as there was already a mosque and that 26 acres is disproportionate to the requirement for a mosque.

  • Slander by Muslim Rights Movement (ISMA)
      • • Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir v Abdullah Zaik Abd Rahman & 15 Ors (KLHC Civil Suit No. 23NCVC-4-01/2014)

      Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (ISMA) published and circulated 70,000 pamphlets to various mosques in Malaysia defaming a known civil rights activist, Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir. A legal suit was mounted by Marina Mahathir against ISMA. On 17.8.2015, the suit was settled and ISMA retracted its allegations by its deputy president reading out in open court a statement of public regret.

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  • Negligence suit by the Government of Malaysia against peaceful assembly organisers (Bersih 3.0 Rally)
      • • Government of Malaysia v Wong Chin Huat & Ors (KLHC Civil Suit No. 21NCVC-102-05/2012)

      Bersih 3.0 Rally was held on 28.4.2012 organised by a coalition of non-governmental organisations that is called Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (Bersih 2.0). Following the Bersih 3.0 Rally, the Government of Malaysia commenced a civil action against the individual organisers claiming monetary compensation for damages to police vehicles. This was a first-of-its-kind civil suit by the Government of Malaysia against assembly organisers. Mr. Ang Hean Leng and Mr. Hoi Jack S’ng successfully defended one of the organisers, Dr. Wong Chin Huat, and also successfully counterclaimed the Government of Malaysia for wrongful arrest and detention. Dr. Wong was awarded damages and costs.

Send an email to enquiry@lh-ag.com or contact Mr. Lim Heng Seng, head of the firm’s CSR & Pro Bono Committee, to find out more about our initiatives.

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