Leong Wai Hong Partner

Contact
T +603 2081 3999 ext 820
E lwh@skrine.com
 

Overview

Wai Hong was the Chairman of Skrine’ s executive committee of partners from 2009 to 2013. He is also the Head of the Litigation and Arbitration division since 2011. A graduate of the National University of Singapore, he has practised law in Singapore and Malaysia.

He is described as a "sharp and confident" litigator by The Legal 500: Asia Pacific.  He is also described by clients to Chambers Asia-Pacific as "very practical and strategic, with tremendous patience" and "very smart and quick to grasp issues, very knowledgeable" and provides "solid and practical advice,"  . He is recognised as a “big name” in the litigation field by Who’s Who Legal 100 and a “Dispute Star” by Benchmark Asia-Pacific. He is also recognised as “one of Asia’s leading figures in litigation and receives praise from peers and colleagues for his first-class abilities” by Who’s Who Legal Litigation.

He is recognised in Asia Business Law Journal 2019 as one of ‘Malaysia Top 100 Lawyers – The A List’. He is also recognised as one of the world’s leading practitioners in commercial litigation by Who’s Who Legal (2010–2019). He is recognised as a leading practitioner in Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Experts in Commercial Arbitration (2013-2018).  He is also recognised as a Market-Leading Lawyer in The Lawyers Guide to Asia-Pacific’s Leading Lawyers (2015 – 2018). He is recognised as a “leading lawyer” in The Asialaw Leading Lawyers Guide for (2015-2017). He is also recognised as a “leading individual for dispute resolution” by Chambers Asia Pacific (2011–2017).

He has appeared in many landmark decisions on corporate and commercial litigation, cross-border, defamation, probate, banking, construction, shareholders, trusts and land acquisition disputes. He has given expert testimony on Malaysian law in the Singapore High Courts.

He has appeared as lead counsel in a wide range of arbitrations. He has also sat as a sole arbitrator and as President of three-man panels in arbitrations in Malaysia and overseas. He is a Fellow of the UK Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He is also a Fellow of the Malaysian Institute of Arbitrators. He is on the panel of arbitrators of ICC Malaysia. He is also on the panel of arbitrators of Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC). He is on the panel of arbitrators and adjudicators of the Asian International Arbitration Centre (formerly AIAC). He also sits on the disciplinary committee panel of the Advocates and Solicitors Disciplinary Board of Malaysia. He is a notary public of Malaysia.

 

Key Practice Areas

  • International Arbitration
  • Commercial Litigation and Arbitration
  • Civil Litigation
  • Defamation
  • Professional Liability
  • Land Acquisition and Land Law
 

  • Lead Counsel for the Claimant in an arbitration involving a joint-venture dispute between a Malaysian Company and a US Multinational.
  • Lead Counsel in ICC Arbitration under the auspices of the International Court of Arbitration.
  • Sole Arbitrator in an ICC Arbitration in Mumbai.
  • Sole Arbitrator in an ICC Arbitration in Panjim, Goa.
  • Sole Arbitrator in an ICC Arbitration in Singapore.
  • President of an ICC Arbitration Panel in Kuala Lumpur.
  • Sole Arbitrator in an ICC Arbitration in Singapore.
  • President of an ICC Arbitration Panel in Banjarmasin, Indonesia.

  • Acted for US PGA and as Counsel for public-listed companies and Government Link Companies including Khazanah, Permodalan National Bhd, Sime Darby Bhd, Employees Provident Fund, Brunsfield, Guthrie, Lafarge and K & N Kenanga Bhd in contractual disputes and calls on performance bonds.
  • Acted for a Chinese construction company in respect of a dispute concerning the Penang 2nd bridge.
  • Acted as Lead Counsel for the Plaintiff in a cross-border shareholders’ dispute involving minority shareholders and oppression disputes in several suits involving major corporations like Bonvest Holdings, Metro Holdings and United Overseas Land.
  • Acted as Malaysian Counsel for Yahoo! South East Asia Pte Ltd, a Singapore incorporated company and a subsidiary of Yahoo! Inc. in a dispute with a Malaysian company on an exclusive sale.
  • Acted for the contractor where the Malaysian courts in a leading case held that retention sums withheld by an employer are monies held in trust for the contractor and are claimable upon the liquidation of the employer notwithstanding that the retention sums were not set aside in a designated account separate from the employer’s general funds. The Malaysian courts declined to follow English cases which held that in similar circumstances the contractor will only be an unsecured creditor of the employer.
  • Lead Counsel for the Respondent in an ad-hoc arbitration between a main and a sub-contractor.
  • Lead Counsel for a Singapore company in an arbitration in respect of a Distribution Agreement.
  • Lead Counsel for insurers in arbitrations with law firms under the Malaysian Bar Insurance Scheme.
 

  • Acted as Malaysian Counsel on behalf of His Royal Highness Prince Jefri of Brunei in respect of the world-wide Mareva injunction obtained by the Brunei Government in 2000.
  • Acted as Malaysian Counsel for a trust company administrating a Malaysian estate in several suits filed in the Indian Courts against the State Bank of India and several other parties.

  • Acted as Lead Counsel for the Port Klang Authority and Dato’ Lee Hwa Beng in defamation suits filed by Kuala Dimensi Sdn Bhd and Dato’ Seri Tiong King Sing in 2010 onwards.
  • Acted as Malaysian Counsel for Sam Rainsy, the former Finance Minister of Cambodia, in a defamation suit against a Cambodian newspaper as well as the editor, publisher and printers in Malaysia in 1994.

  • Acts as counsel for solicitors sued in negligence suits under the Malaysian Bar insurance scheme.

  • Acted for major plantation owners like Sime Darby and Guthrie in claims for higher compensation.
  • Acted for clients like Wong Kee Sing Realty Sdn Bhd [reported as Wong Kee Sing Realty Sdn Bhd & Ors v The Collector of Land Revenue, District of Perak [1995] 1 LNS 363] and Brunsfield International Group to quash land acquisition.

  • Appeared as an expert witness on Malaysian law in Singapore High Court Suit No.333 of 2008/M between Walton International Group and 4 others v Winston Yau and one other.
  • Appeared as an expert witness on Malaysian law in Singapore High Court Suit No.741 of 2010/D between Ace Canning Corporation Sdn. Bhd. V Nutritek Overseas Pte. Ltd.
  • Appeared as an expert witness on Malaysian law in Singapore High Court Originating Summons No:1075 of 2012/S between Sarawak Timber Industry Development Corporation and State Financial Secretary Incorporated v Asia Pulp & Paper Company Limited. The judgment is reported in 2013 SGHC 243
  • Provided an expert affidavit on Malaysian Law in Singapore High Court Suit No: 55 of 2018 between Lawrence Liaw Shoo Khen v Piti Pramotedham

Qualifications:
  • Notary Public (2010 onwards)
  • FMIArb (2008)
  • FCIArb (UK) (2006) 
  • Advocate and Solicitor, High Court of Malaya (1992)
  • Advocate and Solicitor, High Court of Singapore (1989)
  • LL.B. (Hons), National University of Singapore (1988)
Professional Affiliations:
  • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Fellow, Malaysian Institute of Arbitrators  
  • Panel of Arbitrators, ICC Malaysia 
  • Panel of Arbitrators, SIAC
  • Panel of Arbitrators, AIAC 
  • Panel of Adjudicators, AIAC 
  • Notary Public 
  • Member, Disciplinary Committee Panel of the Advocates & Solicitors Disciplinary Board

  • Panel Speaker, ‘Summary Procedure in Arbitration’ in “The Bullet Train: Summary & Expedited Procedures in Arbitration”, Asia ADR Week 2019, 27 – 29 June 2019.
  • Presenter, “Cross Border Disputes in Asia: Regional Trends & Recent Developments”, 2019 Lex Mundi Litigation, Arbitration and Dispute Resolution Practice Group Asia Pacific Regional Meeting, Kyoto, Japan, 11 – 13 April 2019.
  • Panel speaker, “The “A” to “Z” of Persuasive Written and Oral Advocacy”, SIAC Academy Kuala Lumpur 2019, 30 – 31 March 2019.
  • Moderator, “Theory, Practice and Hearing of An Application for Early Dismissal”, SIAC Academy Kuala Lumpur 2019, 30 – 31 March 2019.
  • Presenter, ‘Land Alienation Procedures & Opportunities’ and ‘Compulsory Purchase of Land by Government & Private Sector’, 25 February 2014.
  • Author, the Malaysia Chapter for Litigation & Dispute Resolution 2nd Ed., Global Legal Insights UK, 2013.
  • Presented a seminar in Penang for in-house counsel and management staff on Law of landlord and tenant on 26 & 27 August 2013.
  • Presenter, workshop on defamation law, New Straits Times media group, 2012.
  • Contributor, the Malaysian Rules of Court 2012- An Annotation, LexisNexis 2012.
  • Presenter, workshop on defamation law, Bursa Malaysia, 2010.
  • Contributor, the Malaysian Chapter for a book on the different legal systems in the world titled ‘International Commercial Secured Transactions’, a division of Thomson Canada Limited, Carswell, 2010. 
  • Presenter, ‘Recent Issues and Trends in the National Land Code 1965’, Malaysian Land Law Conference 2006.  
  • Contributor, the Malaysian Chapter for a book on the different legal systems in the world titled ‘International Commercial Debt Recovery’, a division of Thomson Canada Limited, Carswell, 2006
  • Author, “Are Former Estate Workers Squatters?”, IPBA Journal, No. 28, December 2002.

  • Listed in Asia Business Law Journal 2019 as one of 'Malaysia Top 100 Lawyers - The A List'
  • Leong Wai Hong heads the firm’s litigation department and is very practical and strategic, with tremendous patience.” - Chambers Asia Pacific.
  • Ranked in Band 1 in Dispute Resolution in Chambers Asia-Pacific (2017 – 2019).
  • Listed as one of the world’s leading practitioners in commercial litigation in The International Who’s Who of Commercial Litigators (2010 – 2019).
  • Listed as a leading practitioner in Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Experts in Commercial Arbitration (2013 – 2019).
  • Recognised as “one of Asia’s leading figures in litigation and receives praise from peers and colleagues for his first-class abilities” by Who’s Who Legal Litigation (2017).
  • Recognised as a “big name” in the litigation field by Who’s Who Legal 100.
  • Recognised as a “Dispute Star” by Benchmark Asia-Pacific (2014) by Euromoney.
  • Listed as a Market-Leading Lawyer in The Asialaw Leading Lawyers Guide to Asia-Pacific’s Leading Lawyers (2015 – 2018).
  • Listed as a “leading individual for dispute resolution” by Chambers Asia Pacific (2011–2017).
  • "[a] sharp and confident [litigator]” - Legal 500 Asia-Pacific (2010-2011).
  • "very smart and quick to grasp issues, very knowledgeable" and provides "solid and practical advice" - Chambers Asia-Pacific.