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GAR 100 - 5th Edition


05 March 2012

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.

Track record

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.

Recent events

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.



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