The Malaysian firm is home to the president-elect of CIArb.
- People in Who’s Who:
- Pending cases as counsel:
- Treaty cases:
- Current arbitrator appointments:
- 19 (of which 12 are as sole or chair)
- No. of lawyers sitting as arbitrator:
Founded in 1963 – from the ashes of Bannon & Bailey – Skrine was a small outfit that grew into a full-service firm. At around 100 lawyers, it is one of the largest firms in Malaysia.
Vinayak Pradhan – who’s a big name in local arbitration circles – is head of the dispute resolution practice and has been practising for almost 40 years. A former commissioner for the UN Compensation Commission, he also sits as an arbitrator at ICSID and is a member of the Court of Arbitration for Sport and the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague.
Pradhan will become president of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in 2013.
The arbitration group also spans some other senior partners, notably Lim Chee Wee (vice president of the Malaysian Bar), Ivan Loo (admitted to the English Bar) and Leong Wai Hong (who specialises in cross-border shareholder disputes).
The firm won entry to the GAR 100 for the first time last year.
Who uses it?
Unfortunately, with the odd exception, the firm’s clients are not a matter of public record. It’s known that the firm was appointed to the Port Klang Authority special task force following the PricewaterhouseCoopers-led audit into the Port Klang free zone project. Another recent client is Thai Bitumen Company.
In October 2011, Skrine scored a significant victory for Thai Bitumen Company in a dispute with the Singapore arm of Glencore. The dispute concerned Glencore’s failure to deliver a cargo of 600,000 barrels of Boscán crude oil from Venezuela to Thailand within a 10-day window. Glencore was ordered to pay US$20 million in damages for breaching the contract.
Vinayak Pradhan was one of six local luminaries appointed to the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre of Arbitration’s new “global advisory board”. The board is to advise the KLRCA on how to become “the preferred arbitration centre in the Asia-Pacific region”. It will also help to position Malaysia as an arbitration-friendly destination. The board will be chaired by the Malaysian attorney general, Abdul Gani Patail.
Skrine is one of the largest full service law firms in Malaysia with a depth of experience in a range of legal matters acquired through its 48 years of practice. The firm is currently led by 41 partners with more than 90 lawyers across the Corporate, Dispute Resolution and Intellectual Property Divisions. The firm was named “Malaysian Law Firm for the Year” by Who’s Who Legal in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011; “In-House Community Firm Of The Year” in 2011 for Antitrust and Competition, Intellectual Property, International Arbitration, Islamic Finance, and Restructuring and Insolvency by Asian-MENA Counsel; “Malaysian IP Firm of the Year” in 2009 and 2010 by Managing Intellectual Property; and “Tier 1 Firm” for Banking and Project Finance and Mergers and Acquisitions in 2010 by IFLR 1000.
Skrine is the sole Malaysian member of the Pacific Rim Advisory Council (PRAC), an international law firm association with a unique strategic alliance within the global legal community providing for the exchange of professional information among its 30 top tier independent member law firms and the exclusive Malaysian member of Lex Mundi, the world's leading association of independent law firms, which has gathered 160 premier firms in more than 100 countries with more than 21,000 lawyers. These legal networks provide the firm and its clients with a global reach.
Address: Unit No.50-8-1, 8th Floor Wisma UOA Damansara
50 Jalan Dungun, Damansara Heights
50490 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Telephone: 603 20813999
Fax: 603 20943211