Suite 12.01, Level 12 Menara 1MK
1 Jalan Kiara, Mont’ Kiara
Kuala Lumpur, 50480
Number of lawyers: 11
Network memberships: International Bar Association, Inter-pacific Bar Association, International Association of Defence Counsel, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
Languages: English, Malay, Mandarin, Cantonese, Hokkien, Tamil, Hindi, Punjabi
Cecil Abraham & Partners is a leading law firm based in Malaysia. The firm is renowned for its expertise in the area of dispute resolution. The firm comprises lawyers with experience in both domestic and international dispute resolution.
Cecil Abraham & Partners acts in a broad range of civil, commercial and construction disputes. The firm’s practice varies from court and arbitration appearances to advice, both strategic and preventative, in the areas of practice referred to above. The members of the firm have significant court and arbitration (including investment treaty) experience. In recent years, clients have come to the firm for assistance in a wide range of matters including those relating to financial crimes, tax litigation, extradition and mutual assistance in criminal matters.
In 2021, the firm was involved in several major disputes. Particularly noteworthy, the firm successfully acted for Raub Australian Gold Mining Sdn Bhd is a libel claim against the online publication, Mkini Dotcom Sdn Bhd and its journalists, where for the first time, the Federal Court of Malaysia considered the distinction in the application of the plea of responsible journalism and the defence of reportage. The Federal Court held, that (i) the defence of reportage in law is a separate defence from the defence of qualified privilege or the Reynold’s defence of responsible journalism and is to be treated as mutually exclusive, (ii) the defence of reportage needs to be pleaded expressly and separately from the plea of responsible journalism; and (iii) in a libel claim a company can recover damages for loss of goodwill and reputation as well as vindication of its reputation without having to prove actual loss. The decision of the Federal Court is reported in Mkini Dotcom Sdn Bhd & Ors v Raub Australian Gold Mining Sdn Bhd  5 MLJ 79. Also noteworthy, is the recent decision of the Federal Court in Catajaya Sdn Bhd v Shoppoint Sdn Bhd & Ors  2 MLJ 374, wherein the Federal Court has laid down clear guidelines as to how termination clauses in contracts are to be construed in Malaysia. The firm successfully acted for Catajaya Sdn Bhd in reversing the concurrent decisions of the Court of Appeal and High Court in this share sale cum land dispute. The firm also successfully acted for Lynas Malaysia Sdn Bhd in an environmental law dispute instituted by the Anti-Lynas Environmental group in seeking to quash the licence granted by the Government of Malaysia to operate one of the world’s largest rare earth plants in the State of Pahang, Malaysia. The firm continues to be involved in several high profile construction and infrastructure disputes in Malaysia pertaining to the LRT3 Project, amongst others.