You joined CIArb in 2013. Could you tell us about your career so far and your route to membership?
I was called to the Bar by the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn in 2007. On my return to Malaysia, I commenced my pupillage and was called to the Malaysian Bar in 2009.
I am currently a Partner and my practice area revolves around the field of construction law, which includes a mixture of arbitration, adjudication, mediation and litigation.
I joined CIArb thanks to a group of charming CIArb members, among whom were Mr. Vinayak Pradhan, Mr. Ivan Loo, Mr. Ashok Kumar and Mr. Shannon Rajan when they first involved me in the CIArb international arbitration conference in Penang back in 2013.
I have passed the accelerated route to Fellowship and I am currently taking the Module 4 - international award writing course.
How has the Institute contributed to your career development in the field of arbitration?
The Institute’s contribution has been tremendous.
Not only has it raised my profile, but it has also expanded my international network by allowing me to meet many wonderful CIArb members and build friendships. The networking opportunities are simply incredible.
Further, the Resolver and eSolver which are packed with the latest updates in arbitration have kept me updated with the latest developments in the field.
What has been the greatest achievement of your YMG Branch over the past six months?
Being the host of the 1st Regional Conference - which took place in Malaysia in August 2016 - has been one of the greatest achievements.
The conference was a great success. I would like to thank the organising committee, especially Loshini, Austen, Tatvaruban, Suet Mey, Denise Cheong, James Ding and Darshendev, for really pulling out all the stops particularly in the latter part of our preparations.
Could you tell us about the highlights of the first Regional YMG conference?
The meeting of both senior and young practitioners at the conference was certainly the highlight of the conference. The conference provided an unparalleled platform to both senior and young practitioners from around the world to connect with each other.
The conference has indeed achieved one of its objectives in bridging the generation gap within the field of arbitration.
How can other young members get involved in the programmes and activities of the Malaysia YMG Branch?
It’s easy! Be active and attend our programmes and activities or participate in our networking events and conferences. Join our mailing list to get regular updates on our activities and follow us on Facebook or LinkedIn.
What advice do you have for young members trying to build a career in the field of arbitration?
Keeping your professional development continuous - constantly improving skills and increase your knowledge.
As much as it sounds like a cliché, being hungry for knowledge and well-equipped is essential in this field.