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General & Civil Litigation

 

An integral aspect of the service we provide is to advise clients on overall litigation strategy especially in complex disputes, and also to participate, lead and advise clients in any settlement negotiations.

Introduction

The firm has been noted in international legal guides as having one of the best civil litigation or dispute resolution practices. Its litigation lawyers have been involved in most of the high profile civil cases. The team is led by Nagarajah Muttiah and fellow senior litigator Mr. Romesh Abraham.

The matters and legal disputes which come within the ambit of the team’s portfolio include corporate disputes, shareholder and joint venture disputes, hostile take-overs, insolvency and corporate recovery, claims in contract, tort and trust, commercial disputes, defending prosecutions under various regulatory statutes including the Employees Provident Fund Act, the Trade Description Act and Securities legislation, applications under the Companies Act including for capital reduction or restructuring, planning and rating appeals and land acquisition cases.

The civil litigation team also handles public law disputes where persons adversely affected by decisions of public bodies seek to challenge such decisions by way of judicial review.

An integral aspect of the service we provide is to advise clients on overall litigation strategy especially in complex disputes, and also to participate, lead and advise clients in any settlement negotiations.

Accolades

“Shook Lin & Bok’s team ‘inspires confidence by giving practical, well-researched advice’. Yoong Sin Min heads the banking and finance litigation  department, and acts for Ernst & Young, Public Bank and Maybank, as well as representing Affin Bank in an appeal before the Federal Court. Nagarajah Muttiah is responsible for general and civil litigation, insurance and shipping, and arbitration, and acted for a leading Malaysian insurer in a dispute with an international reinsurer. Steven Thiruneelakandan and Lam Ko Luen are highly recommended.” – Legal500 Asia-Pacific (2017)

“Maintains a strong reputation in the market, especially for handling disputes in the banking, finance and insurance spaces, frequently instructed by leading financial institutions. Also handles cases relating to land law, shipping and defamation, and regularly mandated for both litigation and arbitration cases.”  – Chambers Asia-Pacific (2017)

“This firm’s dispute resolutions practice is among the strongest in the country and is home to litigators with a wealth of experience in various areas of litigation and arbitration. It has a dedicated banking litigation department that represents the likes of Public Bank, OCBC, Affin Investment Bank and Maybank. The corporate and commercial litigation team handles a wide range of disputes, including IP, insurance, liquidation and construction litigation and international arbitration.” – Chambers (Asia-Pacific) 2013

Sources say: “The team works well and is responsive to clients’ needs.” – Chambers (Asia-Pacific) 2013

“Offers a good service to clients and one of the only firms that compete at the top level of litigation.” – Chambers Asia [2012]

“Litigation is regarded as a real practice strength and the group regularly represents clients in Malaysia’s highest courts.” – Chambers Asia [2012]

Band 1 firm in Dispute Resolution – Chambers [2010]

Tier 1 firm for Dispute Resolution – Legal 500 [2009/2010]

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