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Firm Details

Managing Partners: Steven Thiruneelakandan (Steven Thiru)

Senior Partner: Sudharsanan Thillainathan (T. Sudhar)

Number of partners: 7

Number of Associates: 14

Languages: English, Malay, Mandarin and various Chinese dialects

Website: https://www.stsp.my


For further information about the firm please contact:

Steven Thiru E: [email protected]

T. Sudhar E: [email protected]

Firm Overview

Established in May 2018, Steven Thiru & Sudhar Partnership is a young firm that is not short on experience. The two Senior Partners are well known in the legal profession. Steven Thiru is the 31st President of the Malaysian Bar and T. Sudhar is a former President of the Malaysian Institute of Arbitrators.


The firm prides itself on its ability to represent clients at all levels including providing advisory / pre-trial advice and conducting trials and appeals in a range of litigation and dispute resolution work and has gained a formidable reputation for its advisory, litigation and arbitration work in general litigation, competition and anti-trust, digital and data protection law, employment law, human rights and public law, judicial review, land acquisition and reference, regulatory / compliance , tax and revenue matters. The firm is based in Kuala Lumpur but undertakes work nationwide and is able to handle cross-border work as well.


Main Areas of Practice

Steven Thiru & Sudhar Partnership has a diverse client base including Malaysia’s state-owned entities, blue-chip corporations which include public utilities and power plants, educational institutions, transport, banking, insurance, plantations, construction, foreign clients, prominent individuals and special interest groups. Its lawyers have the experience and the expertise to see contentious matters from pre-trial preparation to the Federal Court , arbitration in construction matters as well as tribunal work in competition law, tax and revenue matters.


The firm also boasts a solid track record in employment, labour law and industrial relations. Its expertise includes consultation on employment terms and conditions, employee misconduct, retrenchment and all aspects of employment and industrial relations including representing clients in employment disputes.


Recent firm highlights include:


  • Successfully dismissing a Plaintiff / Main Contractor’s Originating Summons for interim measures against the Defendant / Employer pending arbitration in respect of construction assets on Site consequential to the termination of a construction contract. The value of the entire project is estimated to be in the region of RM5.4billion.
  • Representing the major transport system developer in a RM300 million claim for breach of contract/ misrepresentation and negligence.
  • Successfully defending the public utilities electricity supply vendor in a claim for wrongful termination of supply against a counterclaim of RM99 million.
  • Representing a government-owned water asset management corporation in an arbitration matter involving the development of a water treatment plant and water reticulation system. The RM993.8 million dispute is the first of its kind to be heard in Malaysia.
  • Representing the Malaysian Institute of Accountants in the first completed disciplinary proceedings involving the auditors of 1MDB.
  • Successfully obtaining judgement against an employee for tort of conversion and dishonest assistance for the sum of US$5,361,200 (RM21 million)
  • Defending the decision by a client to dismiss an employee who had been accused in the media of sexual grooming and being a sexual predator
  • Providing advice to a major transportation company on acts of insubordination and for a breach of fiduciary duties owed by employees to its employer, and the appropriate disciplinary action to be taken against senior employees
  • Establishing the principle that failure to furnish an employee facing disciplinary proceedings with all relevant and material evidence amounts to a fundamental breach of procedural fairness and natural justice.
  • Advising and representing an employer in a suit brought by an employee who was dismissed for participation in political activities contrary to the employer’s Code of Ethics.
  • Advising an international school on steps to manage a senior employee experiencing mental health issues, and the proper procedures to medically board out the employee, if necessary.
  • Assisting both local and international corporations realign their manpower and human resource capacities in the light of the Covid-19 pandemic in compliance with labour and employment law and regulations.


One of the Firm's strengths is its ability to handle a diverse range of matters from virtually any industry. This agility of thought, combined with a depth of knowledge of the law, and a clear grasp of procedure make for formidable representation in virtually any forum.

Main Areas of Practice

Appellate Matters & Judicial Reviews:

Steven Thiru

T. Sudhar

David Matthew

Janice Anne Leo

Hadi Mukhlis Khairulmaini

Gregory Das


Arbitration and Alternate Dispute Resolution:

T. Sudhar

Dawn Wong Keng Jade

Nadeem Muhd Rafiq Thangaraj


Competition and Anti-trust:

T. Sudhar

Dawn Wong Keng Jade


Data Protection: (TMT)

David Matthew


Employment Law and Industrial Relations

Steven Thiru

Janice Anne Leo


General Litigation including Torts:

Steven Thiru

T. Sudhar

David Matthew

Gregory Das


Land Matters including Land acquisitions and reference :

Steven Thiru,

David Matthew,

Hadi Mukhlis Khairulmaini

David Ng


Public Law & Human Rights Law

Steven Thiru

David Matthew

Gregory Das


Regulatory and Compliance:

Steven Thiru

T. Sudhar

Gregory Das

Jeremiah Rais


Tax and Revenue Disputes

T Sudhar

Tania Kat-Lin Edward