Rachel Chiah Senior Associate

Contact
T +603 2081 3999 ext 731
E rachel.chiah@skrine.com
 

Overview

Rachel is a senior associate in the firm’s Construction and Engineering practice. She is part of a  team specialising in non-contentious construction and engineering, energy and utilities, and infrastructure matters.
 
Rachel’s practice is focused on front-end drafting and advisory work and she has experience in preparing both standard form (PAM, PWD, FIDIC and AIAC) and bespoke contracts for projects in a range of industries. She also advises on construction regulatory and compliance issues, particularly in relation to the Construction Industry Development Board of Malaysia (CIDB) and renewable energy developments.
 

 

Key Practice Areas

  • Projects and Infrastructure
  • Construction Compliance and Advisory
 

  • Part of the team acting for the developer of waste to energy facility in Manjung, Perak. Advising on project structuring and drafting the engineering, procurement and construction contract (EPCC).

  • Part of the team that acted for an Italian manufacturing company in relation to the demolition and renovation works of their factory in Negeri Sembilan. Advised on and reviewed the tender documents and drafted the construction contract.

  • Part of the team that acted for the developer of a financial education centre in Kuala Lumpur. Advised on, drafted and negotiated the consultancy contracts, the construction contract, the green building index (GBI) agreement, and the operations and management agreement.

  • Part of the team that acted for an American biotechnology company in relation to the development of an industrial biotechnology facility (on a Build, Lease and Transfer basis) in Johor. Advised on, drafted and negotiated the turnkey construction contract and the lease agreements.

  • Part of the team that acted for an American manufacturer in relation to the expansion works for their facility in Bayan Lepas, Penang. Advised on, drafted and negotiated the architectural consultancy services contract and the construction contract.

  • Part of the team that acted for an American company in relation to the fit-out works of co-working spaces in Malaysia. Advised on and drafted the master fit-out works contract for use in the Malaysian jurisdiction.

  • Part of the team that acted for a soap manufacturing company in relation to the construction of their new chemical plant at Pasir Gudang, Johor. Advised on the award of the works and drafted the construction agreement.

  • Part of the team that acted for Lebuhraya Borneo Utara Sdn. Bhd, the project delivery partner, in relation to the construction of the Pan-Borneo Highway in Sarawak. Advised on and drafted the works package contracts.

  • Part of the team that acted for the owner in relation to the construction of a 29MW large scale solar power plant in Kedah. Advised on, drafted and negotiated the EPCC.

  • Part of the team that acted for the main contractor in relation to the communications and signalling systems works package for one of lines of the MRT2 project. Advised on and drafted the master supply agreement and master sub-contract agreement.

  • Part of the team that acted for the contractor in relation to the development of a 30MW large scale solar photovoltaic plant in Bukit Keteri, Perlis. Advised on, drafted and negotiated the EPCC and the operations and maintenance agreement.

  • Part of the team that acted for a federal statutory body (in a joint venture with a subsidiary of a listed Malaysian developer) in relation to a mixed development project in Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur. Advised on, drafted and negotiated the project management and construction agreements.

  • Part of the team that acted for an aerostructure manufacturing company in relation to the installation of a rooftop solar photovoltaic system at their premises. Advised on and reviewed the Supply Agreement of Renewable Energy (SARE), which is a tripartite agreement between a consumer, an asset owner, and Tenaga Nasional Berhad.

  • Part of the team acting for an energy company in relation to their proposed development of rooftop solar projects in Malaysia. Advising on and drafting the power purchase agreement and the engineering, procurement and construction contract (EPCC).

  • Advised a construction materials supplier on certification issues and procedures in relation to scaffolding materials.

  • Advised an engineering company on compliance issues in relation to construction personnel registration and levy payment.

  • Advised a construction support services company on compliance issues arising from their registration with the Construction Industry Development Board of Malaysia. Represented the client at a contractor disciplinary hearing and contractor compliance assurance meeting and assisted in the regularisation of their registration and levy appeal.

  • Advised a contractor on compliance issues in relation to their Government Work Procurement Certificate (SPKK) registration and local contractor registration with the Construction Industry Development Board of Malaysia arising from changes in their company shareholding.

  • Advised a security systems company in relation to the requirements for contractor registrations with the Construction Industry Development Board of Malaysia.

  • Advised a cladding installation company on their foreign contractor registration with the Construction Industry Development Board of Malaysia.

  • Advocate and Solicitor, High Court of Malaya (2016)
  • Barrister-at-Law (Lincoln’s Inn) (2015)
  • Bar Professional Training Course, City Law School (2014)
  • LL.B (Hons), University of Nottingham (2013)

  • Author, “National Recovery Plan: Standard Operating Procedure for the Construction Industry”.
  • Co-author, “Malaysia’s Clean Energy Transition: Gazing into the Crystal Ball”.
  • Co-author, “The Future of Cross-Border Electricity Trade in Malaysia”.
  • Author, “CIDB Reimplements Covid-19 Initiatives for Local Contractors”.
  • Author, “Malaysia’s Total Lockdown: Operation of Electricity Supply Sector and Renewable Energy Developments”.
  • Co-author, “Malaysia’s Total Lockdown: Critical Construction Works Allowed”.
  • Co-author, “NEM NOVA Programme: Malaysia Commences Virtual Meter Aggregation”.
  • Co-author, “Net Energy Metering 3.0: New Rooftop Solar Initiatives”.
  • Co-author, “CIDB’s Initiatives to Ease Burden of the Construction Industry”.
  • Co-author, “Covid-19: Construction Industry Players, Start Your Engines!”.
  • Co-author, “Administration of Government Contracts Affected by the MCO”.
  • Co-author, “Covid-19: Government Issues SOP for Construction Sector”.
  • Co-author, “Covid-19: FAQs by the Ministry of Works for the Construction Industry”.
  • Contributor, World Bank’s Doing Business 2020: Benchmarking Infrastructure Development.
  • Co-author, “Somewhere over the FIDIC Rainbow”.
  • Contributor, Malaysia chapter of the International Comparative Legal Guide to Construction & Engineering (2017).
  • Co-author, “Theres No Such Thing as a Free Ride”.