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Employment & Administrative Law

Trade dispute; collective bargaining; contracts of service; employment issues; industrial actions; judicial review; law on dismissals; mergers & acquisitions; minimum wage; occupational health & safety; reorganisation & retrenchment; statutory benefits; trade disputes; and union recognition.

Mr. Sivabalah has extensive appearances in the High Court, Court of Appeal, Federal Court and the then Supreme Court, principally in judicial review applications and appeal.

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• LL.B (Hons), University of Malaya (1983)
• Advocate & Solicitor, High Court of Malaya

Admission to the Bar

Malaya (1984)

Professional Memberships

• Member of the Malaysian Bar
• Chairman of the Employment Law Alliance's Asia-Pacific Regional Committee
• Firm Representative and Member of the Board of Directors of the Employment Law Alliance
• Member of the International Bar Association

Awards and Recognition

• Asialaw Profiles 2011 - "A well-known figure in the industry, heads the contentious practice."

• Asialaw Profiles 2013, 2014 and 2015 - a "Recommended Lawyer".

• Asialaw Profiles 2016 - "Sivabalah Nadarahah, a partner within the team has been singled out for praise: “We maintain a long-standing relationship with certain partners, and appreciate their good reputation and professionalism. I would particularly highlight their labour and employment practice with Sivabalah Nadarahah.”

• Asialaw Leading Lawyers (2013 - 2016) - a "Leading Lawyer" in Labour and Employment practice.

• Benchmark Asia Pacific 2014 - Benchmark Disputes Star

• Chambers Asia Pacific 2010 - "Practice leader Sivabalah Nadarajah is widely respected on the Malaysian legal community, not least for his abilities in unfair dismissal claims."

• Chambers Asia Pacific 2011 - "Heads the employment and industrial relation department and is described as “one of the best lawyers for industrial relations law in the country.” His expertise encompasses collective bargaining, industrial actions and reorganization and retrenchment."

• Chambers Asia Pacific 2012 - "Is well regarded as a leading advocate in employment law and has acted on a number of landmark cases. He heads the practice for the firm."

• Chambers Asia Pacific 2013 - "Sivabalah Nadarajah is one of the best-known names in this area, having led numerous landmark cases. He heads the firm's employment group and sources observe that they have "nothing but the greatest things to say about him."

• Chambers Asia Pacific 2014 - "Top-notch lawyer" Sivabalah Nadarajah is the firm's leading employment and industrial relations expert. He is admired by clients for his wealth of experience and for his quick and decisive ability "to put his legal advice within the context of our business."

• Chambers Asia Pacific 2015 - "Sivabalah Nadarajah heads the employment practice and "has a strong reputation in the industry." Clients report: "He has been in this field for a long time and has acted for multinationals - that experience is very useful." He represented Hong Leong Bank on a judicial review application to compel the Director of General Trade Unions to take action against a trade union which had organised an illegal and aggressive picket."

• Chambers Asia Pacific 2016 - "Sivabalah Nadarajah heads the firm's employment practice and is a highly experienced practitioner who has represented employers at all levels of court. His recent work includes advising Malaysian Airline System in relation to a trade union matter. He is commended by clients for his "sound, prudent advice" and is "very well respected" among his peers."

• Chambers Asia Pacific 2017 - "Sivabalah Nadarajah has an excellent reputation for handling employment litigation, including trade union and collective bargaining matters. He recently defended Hong Leong Bank against a claim by a group of employees over the termination of their contracts. Clients describe him as "very humble - one of the leading lawyers, offering very sound and practical advice."

• The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2016 - "Shearn Delamore & Co’s ‘vastly experienced’ practice head Sivabalah Nadarajah is acting for Malaysia Airlines System in a judicial review application challenging a decision of the Minister for Human Resources to recognise a new national union." 

• The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2017 - "Shearn Delamore & Co’s practice is led by Sivabalah Nadarajah, who represented Hong Leong Bank in an Industrial Court dispute with 27 former employees and acted for Bank Kerjasama Rakjat in the Federal Court." 


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