Skrine

Malaysia

Review

Dispute resolution

Leading domestic firm Skrine excels in all categories of dispute resolution. It stands among the best firms for contentious matters relating to arbitration, commercial, competition, construction, intellectual property labour and employment, and white-collar crime. The firm is rapidly growing its experience in niche subspecialty areas such as commercial fraud, aviation, oil and gas, ratings and assessments and anti-dumping disputes. The team is stacked with at least 22 partners, including a set of senior counsel leading the practice, each with more than 25 years in practice.

Key partners within the team, who are also notable counsel in their respective fields, are Guan Huat Khoo, Mubashir Mansor and Ivan Loo. Other recognised partners include Sharon Chong, Preetha Pillai, Siva Kumar Kanagasabai and Kuek Pei Yee.

In one case highlight, the firm is representing 1Malaysia Development, a government linked company, and four of its subsidiaries in an action against the former Prime Minister of Malaysia, Datuk Seri Najib Razak, former Board members and former senior employees. The matter involves allegations related to fraudulent misrepresentation, breach of statutory, breach of trust and fraudulent misappropriation. This high-profile case is worth a staggering $7.8 billion.

On the white-collar crime scene, the firm is representing the Customs and Tax Administration of the Kingdom of Denmark in a civil suit against multiple Malaysian entities and its officers to recover approximately RM1 billion. This matter has been described as the largest fraud in Denmark costing the Danish government DKr12.7 billion. The fraud was perpetrated using pension funds and entities in multiple jurisdictions. Legal proceedings have been filed in the UK, USA, Dubai, Germany, Luxembourg, Canada, and Malaysia. 

On the white-collar crime scene, the Skrine lawyers represented Sysco Corporation whose funds for settlement of trade debts to its supplier in China were diverted through an email scam to a bank account in Malaysia. The mandate for the firm is to freeze the fraudster’s Malaysian bank account and seek recovery of the funds. The labour specialists are defending Hess Exploration and Production Malaysia in a contract dispute with a former contractor, who was an employee of one of Hess’ Service providers.

In a complex and significant construction matter, the firm successfully acted for Turnpike Synergy in arbitration proceedings in the High Court against an injunction application filed by Hatimuda, one of the contractors for the construction of the Sungai Besi-Ulu Kelang Elevated Expressway. The dispute involved matters related to the contractor’s failure to proceed with the project diligently thereby causing serious delays to the progress of works leaving Turnpike with no choice but to terminate the contract.

Upon receiving a distinguished appointment as a judicial commissioner of the High Court of Malaysia, partner Wai Hong Leong left firm to become a judge in January 2022.

Notable clients of the disputes group include Beachfront Services, Hunza Properties, Keller, KPMG, Malaysia Airports, Maybank Islamic and Sky High I Leasing Company.

Client feedback

“The concerned partner of the law firm was very practical, knowledgeable and responsive. They completed the assignment to our complete satisfaction.” – Commercial and transactions

“They are especially well versed with alternative dispute resolution, and it was via arbitration that we got to know them well.” – Construction

“One of the leading law firms specialising in construction law.” – Construction

“The prosecution department is dependable and precise, absolutely top tier. Their litigation department for IP is outstanding. The best we’ve worked with.” – Intellectual property

Kumar Mahadev Ranai Ashok

“He is our go-to lawyer whenever we need any form of advice. Even when it is not related to alternative dispute resolution, he will be able to rope in his team of colleagues over at Skrine, who are able to provide prompt advice and service.”

Peh Fern Loo

“Loo is very knowledgeable, pragmatic and responsive. She has in-depth knowledge of court matters and how to handle the subject dispute we were involved in.”

Shannon Rajan

“Shannon Rajan is one of the very experienced partners in the firm specialising in construction law, and he always has a complementary approach, rather than contradictory, towards the legal input from the in-house legal department in order to collectively formulate a more resilient legal strategy from both commercial and legal points of views.”

Hemalatha Parasa Ramulu
“Hemalatha is one of the finest litigators I have ever met. She is smart, precise, and persuasive in the courtroom. But she also is very savvy at finding solutions before, and outside of, court. I manage enforcement globally, and Hemalatha is the best. Excellent advice and outcomes"