Our People

 

PARTNERS

 

SIVABALAN SANKARAN   

BA Law (Kent)
CLP (Malaysia)
Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration
Certificate in Sports Arbitration (KLRCA)
Advocate & Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya
AIAC Panel of Adjudicators
AIAC Panel of Arbitrators
MCIArb, FAIADR, FMSAdj
 

SIVABALAN SANKARAN was admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya in 1989 and has been in practice since then in Brunei and Malaysia.

He is a highly regarded senior contracts, commercial and litigation lawyer and in his early practice, was a highly-experienced insurance lawyer having been retained by major insurance companies for a variety of matters involving areas of insurance including marine, damage claims, fire and general insurance matters. He has also represented insurance companies from Singapore, Brunei, Malaysia and Netherlands in the drafting of policies, and advice on corporate restructuring, mergers and more.

He worked with international counsel on numerous arbitrations including construction and international commercial contract-related arbitration and is now focused on the Construction sector in Malaysia.

He represents multinational clients in a wide range litigious and non-litigious matters including building contracts and construction disputes, land disputes, and landlord and tenant matters. He is well-versed with banking and finance litigation, defamation and commercial disputes.

Mr Sankaran was listed in Chambers for Business law in Brunei and is a visiting tutor at the Southwestern University of Politics and Law in Chongqing, China. He is a Fellow of the Asian Institute of Alternative Dispute Resolution, a Fellow of the Malaysian Society of Adjudicators, a member of the Malaysian Chartered Institute of Arbitrators as well as an acrcedited Arbitrator and Adjudicator with the Asian International Arbitration Centre (formerly known as KLRCA).

 

 

 

THARMINI PARAMASIVAN

LLB Hons (UKM)       
Advocate & Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya
AIAC Panel of Adjudicators

     

THARMINI PARAMASIVAN was admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya in 2011 and has been in practice since then.

She completed her pupilage at Messrs Jasbeer, Nur & Lee. She was exposed to various general litigation matters including but not limited to patent disputes, goods sold delivered and land disputes.

She then joined Messrs Ching Ling Hau & Partners and continued her practice in general litigation whereby she has appeared on behalf of individuals and companies on land disputes involving unlawful land encroachments and debt recovery.

She joined Messrs Ong Kok Bin & Co in 2013. She has appeared in the High Court and Lower Courts representing banking institutions, companies and private individuals. She has assisted in preparing for trial and appeals before the Appeal Courts in relation to a general disputes and corporate disputes. She has gained experience in banking litigation, debt recovery and execution proceedings (bankruptcy, winding up proceedings, public auctions, seizure and sale, judgement debtor summons). She has gained experience in handling the sale and purchase of properties with and without titles and in this respect drafts and vets Sale and Purchase Agreements and Deeds of Assignments and other related documents. She then continued her practice with Messrs Lai & Associates before joining Messrs Tan Swee Im, Siva & Partners in December 2015.

She is assisting the partners in arbitration, adjudication and litigation matters related to construction industry. She has gained considerable knowledge on CIPAA since joining Messrs Tan Swee Im, Siva & Partners. She is an accredited Adjudicator with AIAC.

 

 

CONSULTANTS

 

TAN SWEE IM    

LLB Hons (London)       
Barrister-at-Law (Middle Temple)       
Advocate  &  Solicitor  of  the  High Court of Malaya
Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration
FCIArb,  FMIArb,  FCIOB,  FMSAdj, FDBF

TAN SWEE IM was called to the Bar as a Barrister-at-Law from the Middle Temple in 1987 and admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya in 1988.

She completed her pupilage with Messrs Shook Lin & Bok and practiced with them. Thereafter she spent 3 years as in-house counsel for the YTL Group, followed by Messrs Abu Talib Sharom and Zahari and Messrs David Chong & Co. In 1999 she started her own firm, Messrs Tan Swee Im & Co. and in  2006 merged with Messrs P.Y. Hoh & Tai to form Messrs Tan Swee Im, P.Y. Hoh & Tai. Since 2015 the firm is known as Tan Swee Im, Siva & Partners. Her main focus is on construction industry and privatisation matters. Recognised by Who’s Who Legal as 1 of only 5 leading construction lawyers in Malaysia.

Her active involvement in major projects include KL International Airport, Malaysia-Singapore Second Crossing, Independent Power Plants at Pasir Gudang and Paka, 10,000 Units Teachers Housing Quarters, KL Sentral, Sg Prai Bridge, Pochentong International Airport Cambodia.

She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a Fellow of the Malaysian Institute of Arbitrators, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building, a Fellow of the Malaysian Society of Adjudicators, a Fellow of the Dispute Board Federation, an arbitrator, adjudicator and mediator on the panel of Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration, a qualified adjudicator, a CIDB Accredited Mediator, and holds a Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration. As an active contributor to the Master Builders Association of Malaysia she was actively involved in the drafting of the CIDB Form of Contract for Building Works and led the drafting on the new standard form of design and build contract promoted by the CIDB.

She and her team prepared the Working Guide, Standard Forms and Checklists on the adjudication process under the Construction Industry Payment And Adjudication Act 2012 (CIPAA) published by the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) to assist parties to make and defend payment claims under CIPAA.

 

WONG HAI WAI    

LLB Hons (London)       
Barrister-at-Law, Lincoln’s Inn       
Advocate & Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya    
 

WONG HAI WAI was called to the Malaysian Bar in 1986 and has been in practice since then specialising in trial court experience including appellate work. He completed his pupilage with Messrs Manjit Singh Sachet, Mohammad Radii & Partners and thereafter joined the firm of Messrs Megat Najmuddin Leong & Partners.

In 1989 he joined Messrs T. H. Su & Co and he was the partner in-charge of litigation department. The main areas of his work are in banking recovery work, insolvency, co-operative societies and construction disputes and arbitration.

He set up his own firm of Messrs Wong Hai Wai & Associates in 1997 specialising in drafting contracts, construction disputes and contract management. The main areas of his work center on construction disputes and arbitrations with the collorary action in court for applications for injunctions against calls for guarantees and performance bonds, applications for leave to enforce arbitral awards, applications to set aside arbitral awards, applications to stay court proceedings, applications to remove arbitrators.

In 2009 he joined Messrs Tan Swee Im, P.Y. Hoh & Tai [now known as Messrs Tan Swee Im, Siva & Partners] as a consultant.

 

 

 

 

LEGAL ASSISTANTS

 

LEEM LAY GIAN

 

LLB Hons (London)       
Advocate & Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya 
    

LEEM LAY GIAN was admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya in 2008 and has been in practice since then.  

She joined Messrs C. L. Boo & Associates, Batu Pahat in 2008 and was assigned to conduct general civil litigation matters such as foreclosure proceedings, bankruptcy proceedings, joint or unilateral divorce petition, petition for Grant of Probate / Grant of Letters of Administration, Small Estate Distribution applications, claims for goods sold and delivered to name but a few. She also handled conveyancing matters. 

Subsequently, in August 2011, Ms. Leem joined Messrs Wang & S. B. Wong, specialising in all sorts of conveyancing practice including sale and sub-sale of properties, land dealing, commercial and corporate loan, perfection of transfer and charge, preparation of tenancy agreements, will writing and more. She was involved in some renowned development projects namely Country Garden, Danga Bay; Tropez Residences, Danga Bay; Bora Residences, Danga Bay; KSL Residences, Taman Century; Twin Galaxy Residences, Jalan Dato Abdullah Tahir; and Seasons Apartment, Larkin all of which are located in Johor Bahru.

At the same time, she has been assigned to handle loans from following banks such as Alliance Bank (Malaysia) Berhad / Alliance Islamic Bank Berhad, Ambank (M) Berhad, Bank of China, CIMB Bank Berhad / CIMB Islamic Bank Berhad, Hong Leong Bank Berhad / Hong Leong Islamic Bank Berhad, Malayan Banking Berhad / Maybank Islamic Berhad, Malaysia Building Society Berhad, OCBC Bank (Malaysia) Berhad / OCBC Al-Amin Bank Berhad, Public Bank Berhad / Public Islamic Bank Berhad, RHB Bank Berhad, Standard Chartered Bank Berhad, and United Overseas Bank (Malaysia) Berhad .

She then continued her practice with Messrs Tan Vincent & Azmi before joining Messrs Tan Swee Im, Siva & Partners in February 2017.

 
 

RYAN YEO

LLB Hons (London)
CLP (Malaysia)
Advocate & Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya     

 

RYAN YEO graduated with a LL.B (Hons) from the University of London and completed his Certificate in Legal Practice (CLP) in 2014. He completed his pupillage with Messrs. Sebastian Cha & Co. and was admitted as an advocate and solicitor of the High Court of Malaya on 20 November 2015.

Whilst a pupil, he was exposed to banking litigation and general civil litigation ranging from debt recovery matters, breach of contract, divorce, bankruptcy and winding-up matters, probate and letters of administration to execution proceedings. 

In June 2016, he had joined Messrs.Trevor George Partnership as a Legal Assistant where his main area of practice was general civil litigation. He has assisted in preparing for trials and appeals before various courts in Malaysia. In addition, he was also practised Industrial and Employment law. 

He joined Messrs Tan Swee Im, Siva & Partners in September 2017.

 

GOK CHIA WEN

LLB Hons (London)
CLP (Malaysia)
Advocate & Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya
 
GOK CHIA WEN was admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya in 2016.
 
She completed her pupilage with Messrs JK Lim. She was exposed to general litigation matters including contract disputes, defamation and probate disputes.
 
Upon completion of pupillage, she joined Messrs Arthur Wang, Lian & Associates. Whilst there, she has assisted in civil litigation matters such as debt recovery, tenancy disputes and execution proceedings (bankruptcy and winding up proceedings).
 
She then continued in Messrs CW Loh & Associates before joining Messrs Tan Swee Im, Siva & Partners.
 
Currently, she is undertaking arbitration, adjudication and litigation matters related to construction industry.

 

 

KRISTIE CHEW PEI YEN

LLB Hons (Cardiff)
Barrister-at-law (Middle Temple)
Advocate & Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya
 
KRISTIE CHEW graduated with a LL.B (Hons) from Cardiff University. She was called to the Bar of England & Wales as a Barrister-at-law from the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple in 2016 and was admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya in 2017.
 

She completed her pupillage with Messrs Rahmat Lim and Partners where she was exposed to the areas of mergers and acquisition where she was involved in various high profile and complex corporate transactions. She has also assisted in arbitration matters and infrastructure projects.

She joined Messrs Tan Swee Im, Siva & Partners in December 2017. Currently, she is undertaking arbitration, adjudication and litigation matters related to the construction industry.

 

TAN EEK PING

B.A. (Hons) Architecture, University of Liverpool
Graduate Diploma in Law (Post-Graduate)
Barrister-at-law (Middle Temple)
Advocate & Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya
 
TAN EEK PING graduated with a Bachelor of Art (Hons) degree in Architecture from University of Liverpool and obtained a post-graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) from the University of Law, UK. He was admitted as a member of the Middle Temple and called to the English Bar as a Barrister-at-law. He was admitted as an Advocate & Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya in March 2018.
 
Prior to reading the law, he was working in an international architecture company based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia where he was exposed to master planning design for cities, designing skyscrapers and mixed-use buildings under the direct supervision of renowned architect Dato’ Dr. Ken Yeang. He then gained experience in real estate and auction business.
 
He completed his pupillage with us and has since worked on infrastructure projects such as highways, Light Rail Transit Line, cogeneration systems involving high pressure boilers and other construction and commercial matters.
 
 
LEONG WAI KENG
 
LLB Hons (London) 
CLP (Malaysia)
Advocate & Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya
ACIArb
AAIADR
 
LEONG WAI KENG graduated with a LL.B (Hons) Degree in Law from the University of London in 2012 and was admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya in 2015.
 
He read in chambers with Messrs Manjit Singh Sachdev, Mohammad Radzi & Partners and was retained as a Legal Associate in the dispute resolution department. He was exposed to general litigation matters including criminal, civil, corporate and commercial disputes.
 
He then joined a construction claims company as a construction claim consultant where he worked closely with the engineers, quantity surveyors and adjudicator on numerous statutory adjudication matters.
 
He joined Messrs Tan Swee Im, Siva & Partners in October 2018 and he is undertaking arbitration, statutory adjudication and general litigation matters.
 
He is an Associate member of the Chartered institute of Arbitrators (UK) and Asian Institute of Alternative Dispute Resolution, and also a member of the Asian International Arbitration Centre Young Practitioner Group. He is currently pursuing a Master of Laws at University of Malaya.
 
 
 

TAN SZE LEE

LLB Hons (University of the West of England, Bristol) (UWE Bristol)
CLP (Malaysia)
Advocate & Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya
 
TAN SZE LEE graduated with a LL.B (Hons) First Class Honours Degree in Law from the University of the West of England, Bristol in 2016 and was admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya in 2018.
 
She completed her pupillage with Messrs Syed Alwi, Ng & Co where she was exposed to personal injury matter and banking litigation including debt recovery matters, bankruptcy proceedings and foreclosure proceedings.
 
She was also involved in conveyancing practice including some renowned housing development projects in Johor Bahru for the Sale & Purchase of Properties, Perfection of Transfer and Charge, Discharge of Charge, preparation of Tenancy Agreements, Will writing and more.
 
She joined Messrs Tan Swee Im, Siva & Partners in November 2018. Currently, she is undertaking both litigation and conveyancing matters as well as adjudication related to the construction industry.
 
 
KATHLEEN DANG
 
LLB Hons (University of Liverpool)
CLP (Malaysia)
Advocate & Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya
 
KATHLEEN DANG graduated with a LL.B (Hons) First Class Honours Degree in Law from the University of Liverpool in 2016 and was admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya in 2018.
 
She completed her pupillage with Messrs Syed Alwi, Ng & Co where she was exposed to general civil litigation matters such as Bankruptcy proceedings, foreclosure proceedings, debt recovery and personal injury cases.
 
She was also involved in conveyancing matters including Sale & Purchase of Properties, Housing Loan, Discharge of Charge, Perfection of Transfer and Charge, Will writing and more.
 
She joined Messrs Tan Swee Im, Siva & Partners in December 2018. Currently, she is undertaking both litigation and conveyancing matters.