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Skrine

Employment & Industrial Relations

2 ranked lawyersBand 2MalaysiaAsia-Pacific 2021 View ranking table
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What the team is known for

Respected employment practice with a wide breadth of expertise in contentious and advisory matters. Possesses strong knowledge of unfair dismissal, fraud, retrenchment, trade union issues and breach of confidentiality matters. Also assists multinational corporate clients with immigration issues. Acts for Malaysian and foreign clients from many sectors, including banking, insurance, engineering, aviation and energy.

Strengths

One client attests: "They have excellent response times and are very competent lawyers."

"We can connect with their legal team at whatever time needed," confirms another source.

Work highlights

Defended Petroleum Geo-Services Exploration in the Industrial Court against an unfair dismissal claim from an expatriate employee following a global retrenchment exercise carried out by the client.

Notable practitioners

Selvamalar Alagaratnam is well respected for her experience of working on transfers of employees, unjust dismissal cases and trade union matters. A client describes her as "easy to communicate with, excellent with response times and concise in her advice."

Siva Kumar Kanagasabai has experience of working on employment matters relating to immigration and disciplinary actions, whilst he also has significant expertise in the shipping sector. One client notes that he "is very responsive to us."

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Overview

Dedicated to address employment-related issues that arise in the workplace, Skrine’s highly rated Employment practice is committed to provide practical, result-oriented and customised legal solutions.

We have been recognised in Chambers Asia-Pacific and the Legal 500 Asia-Pacific. We have been praised for giving clients “probably the best advice [they] have ever received” (Chambers Asia-Pacific), and for its “excellent response times and sound, up–to–date industry knowledge” (Chambers Asia-Pacific).

Siva Kumar Kanagasabai, described as “always practical and commercial, very quick to respond and offers good technical knowledge” (Chambers Asia-Pacific), jointly heads the practice with Selvamalar Alagaratnam, who has been described as "highly experienced, professional and wonderful to deal with" (Chambers Asia-Pacific). They lead an experienced team of lawyers acting on a diverse range of contentious and advisory matters. The practice provides integrated support to a wide range of clients in various industries on all employment related matters including dismissals, compliance, trade unions, protection of confidential and proprietary information, and investigations.

Members

Alagaratnam, Selvamalar (Head of Department)

Kanagasabai, Siva Kumar (Head of Department)

Foo, Siew Li

Employment & Industrial Relations Department

Skrine

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Department location

Unit no. 50‐8‐1,

8th Floor Wisma,

UOADamansara,

50 Jalan Dungun,

Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia

50490

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Malaysia

Employment & Industrial Relations


Selvamalar Alagaratnam
Band 2
Siva Kumar Kanagasabai
Band 3