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Tan Sri Dato’ Cecil W. M. Abraham

Senior Partner Advocate & Solicitor

Year of Call T +603 2726 3700 F +603 2726 3733

1970 D +603 2726 3776 E cecil@cecilabraham.com

Overview

Tan Sri Dato’ Cecil Abraham is the Senior Partner at Cecil Abraham & Partners. His career at the bar spans 47 years.

Within that time, he has appeared in all the High Court divisions as well as before the Court of Appeal, the Federal Court, the Special Court and the Privy Council on a regular basis. He has over 250 reported decisions of note to his name. He is first and foremost an advocate and is regarded by his peers and clients alike as one of Malaysia’s leading counsel known to be devastatingly effective in Court. He has a strong reputation for dealing with complex disputes where the stakes are high and is known to work hard to achieve a satisfactory result for his clients.

Tan Sri Dato’ Cecil Abraham’s practice covers a wide breadth of areas that includes Corporate and Commercial, Environmental, Banking and Securities, Insurance, Maritime, and Competition Law as well as Arbitration. He has in recent times argued the leading cases in Malaysia on unjust enrichment in Dream Property Sdn Bhd v Atlas Housing Sdn Bhd [2015] 2 MLJ 441, the doctrine of separate legal entities in Gurbachan Singh v Vellasamy s/o Ponnusamy [2015] 1 MLJ 773, on equitable fraud in Zung Zang Wood Products Sdn Bhd v Kwan Chee Hang Sdn Bhd & Ors [2014] 2 MLJ 799, the powers of liquidators in Ooi Woon Chee & Anor v Dato’ See Teow Chuan & Ors [2012] 2 MLJ 713 and the exercise of royal prerogative powers in Dato' Seri Ir Hj Mohammad Nizar bin Jamaluddin v Dato' Seri Dr Zambry bin Abdul Kadir (Attorney General, intervener) [2010] 2 MLJ 285 and His Royal Highness Sultan Ismail Petra Ibni Almarhum Sultan Yahya Petra v His Royal Highness Tengku Mahkota Tengku Muhammad Faris Petra & Anor and another suit [2011] 1 MLJ 1, to name but a few.

He holds of the distinction of having acted for the former Prime Minister of Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew and several Prime Ministers of Malaysia.

He is also regularly appointed as an arbitrator in domestic and in international commercial arbitrations and is the only Malaysian to be regularly appointed as an arbitrator in investment treaty disputes. He is also presently involved in several investment treaty disputes as counsel for the investors.

He has been regularly recognised as a leading individual by Legal 500 Asia Pacific and is ranked in Tier 1 by Chambers & Partners Asia Pacific in the area of dispute resolution. In 2016, he was named by Asian Legal Business as Dispute Resolution Practitioner of the Year.

practice areas

  • Banking and Securities Litigation
  • Corporate and Commercial Litigation
  • Commercial and Investment Treaty Arbitration
  • Competition Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Insurance Law
  • Land & Property Law
  • Media Law Disputes
  • Public & Administrative Law
  • Public International Law

Reported Cases

ADMINISTRATIVE LAW

  • Tun Dr Mahathir bin Mohamad & Ors v Datuk Seri Mohd Najib bin Tun Hj Abdul Razak [2017] 9 MLJ 1 High Court
  • Tun Dr Mahathir bin Mohamad & Ors v Datuk Seri Mohd Najib bin Tun Hj Abdul Razak [2016] 11 MLJ 1 High Court
  • Tenaga Nasional Bhd v Majlis Daerah Hulu Terengganu [2014] 6 MLJ 800
  • Empayar Canggih Sdn Bhd v Ketua Pengarah Bahagian Penguatkuasa Kementerian Perdagangan Dalam Negeri Dan Hal Ehwal Pengguna Malaysia & Anor [2013] 7 CLJ 681
  • Wong Kin Hoong & Anor (Suing For Themselves And On Behalf All Of The Occupants Of Kampung Bukit Koman, Raub, Pahang) v Ketua Pengarah Jabatan Alam Sekitar & Anor [2013] 4 MLJ 161
  • Zakaria Bin Abdullah & Ors v Lembaga Perlesenan Tenaga Atom & Ors [2013] 5 MLJ 206
  • Matthias Chang v The District Grand Lodge Of The Eastern Archipelago (Sued By Its District Grand Master Joseph William Yee Eu) And Ors [2005] 2 MLJ 252
  • Gasing Meridian Sdn Bhd v Datuk Bandar Kuala Lumpur [2004] 1 CLJ 219
  • Subramaniam Vythilingam v The Human Rights Commission Of Malaysia (Suhakam) & Ors 2003] 6 CLJ 175
  • Datin Azizah Bte Abdul Ghani v Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur & Ors And Another Appeal [1992] 2 MLJ 393
  • Club Employees Union Selangor v Lake Club [1988] 3 MLJ 173

Arbitration

  • Measat Broadcast Network Systems Sdn Bhd v Av Asia Sdn Bhd [2014] 3 CLJ 915
  • AV Asia Sdn Bhd v Measat Broadcast Network Systems Sdn Bhd [2014] 3 MLJ 61
  • AV Asia Sdn Bhd v Pengarah Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre For Arbitration & Anor [2013] 10 CLJ 115
  • Government Of The Lao People's Democratic Republic v Thai-Lao Lignite Co Ltd ('Tll'), A Thai Co & Anor [2013] 3 MLJ 409
  • Dancom Telecommunication (M) Sdn Bhd v Uniasia General Insurance Bhd [2008] 6 MLJ 52
  • Sarawak Shell Bhd v Ppes Oil & Gas Sdn Bhd & Ors [1998] 2 MLJ 20
  • Klockner Industries-Anlagen Gmbh v Kien Tat Sdn Bhd & Anor [1990] 3 MLJ 183
  • Kien Tat Sdn Bhd v Klockner Industrie-Anlagen GmbH [1989] 1 MLJ 498
  • Ganda Edible Oils Sdn Bhd v Transgrain BV [1988] 1 MLJ 428

BANKING & FINANCE

  • CIMB Bank Bhd v Maybank Trustees Bhd And Other Appeals [2014] 3 MLJ 169
  • Michael Chow Keat Thye v Suruhanjaya Sekuriti Malaysia & Anor [2013] 10 CLJ 505
  • Alliance Bank Malaysia Bhd v W Shalihudin Bin W Ibrahim and Another Suit [2012] 10 MLJ 374
  • Mayban Trustees Bhd v Cimb Bank Bhd and Other Appeals [2012] 6 MLJ 354
  • Mayban Trustees Bhd v Cimb Bank Bhd and Other Appeals [2012] 2 MLJ 187
  • Mohd Alias Bin Ibrahim v Rhb Bank Bhd & Anor [2011] 3 MLJ 26
  • Bumiputra-Commerce Bank Bhd, Kuala Terengganu v Chendering Development Sdn Bhd & Ors [2004] 1 MLJ 657
  • Bank Bumiputra Malaysia Bhd, Kuala Terengganu v Chendering Development Sdn Bhd & Ors & Another Case [2000] 7 CLJ 473
  • Che Wan Development Sdn Bhd v Co-Operative Central Bank Bhd [1993] 2 CLJ 447
  • Che Wan Development Sdn Bhd v Co-Operative Central Bank Bhd [1990] 2 MLJ 365
  • Che Wan Development Sdn Bhd v Co-Operative Central Bank Bhd [1989] 3 MLJ 40
  • Tunku Kamariah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah Bte Sultan Iskandar v Dato James Ling Beng King [1989] 2 MLJ 249

BANKRUPTCY

  • Re Haji Yahya Lampong, Ex Parte Sabah Development Bank Bhd [1987] 2 MLJ 488

CIVIL PROCEDURE

  • Malpac Capital Sdn Bhd v Yong Toi Mee & Ors and another appeal [2017] 1 MLJ 262 Court of Appeal
  • Kabushiki Kaisha Ngu v Leisure Farm Corp Sdn Bhd & Ors [2016] 5 MLJ 557 Federal Court
  • Leisure Farm Corp Sdn Bhd v Kabushiki Kaisha Ngu & Ors [2015] 4 MLJ 543
  • Rosli Bin Dahlan v Tan Sri Abdul Gani Bin Patail & Ors [2014] 11 MLJ 481
  • Kerajaan Negeri Kelantan v Petroliam Nasional Bhd and Other Appeals [2014] 6 MLJ 31
  • Alliance Bank Malaysia Bhd v W Shalihudin Bin W Ibrahim and Another Suit [2012] 10 MLJ 374
  • Terengganu Forest Products Sdn Bhd v Cosco Container Lines Co Ltd & Anor and Other Applications [2011] 1 MLJ 25
  • Cosco Container Lines Co Ltd & Anor v Terengganu Forest Products Sdn Bhd and Another Appeal [2011] 1 MLJ 617
  • Kerajaan Negeri Kelantan v Petroliam Nasional Bhd & Anor [2011] 6 CLJ 649
  • Lembaga Kemajuan Tanah Persekutuan (Felda) & Anor v Awang Soh Mamat & Ors and Another Application [2010] 3 CLJ 895
  • Lembaga Kemajuan Tanah Persekutuan (Felda) & Anor v Awang Soh Bin Mamat & Ors [2009] 4 MLJ 610
  • MCAT Gen Sdn Bhd v Celcom (M) Bhd [2007] 1 MLJ 195
  • Arthur Anderson & Co v Interfood Sdn Bhd [2005] 6 MLJ 239
  • Tan Sri Dato' Eric Chia Eng Hock v Nkk Corporation (Japan) [2004] 7 CLJ 137
  • Vincent Tang Fook Lam v Sok Chun Tang (P) [2004] 2 MLJ 145
  • Petroleum Nasional Bhd v Kerajaan Negeri Terengganu [2004] 1 MLJ 8
  • ESPL (M) Sdn Bhd v Harbert International Est Sdn Bhd [2004] 1 MLJ 296
  • Dr Chan Chin Cheung Lwn. Chan Chak Cheung & Satu Lagi [2003] 4 CLJ 237
  • Kerajaan Negeri Terengganu v Petroliam Nasional Bhd & Anor [2003] 1 MLJ 260
  • Pembinaan Kota Laksamana (Melaka) Sdn Bhd & Anor v Damansara Realty Bhd & Anor [2003] 8 CLJ 538
  • Subramaniam Vythilingam v The Human Rights Commission Of Malaysia& Ors [2002] 7 CLJ 357
  • Koh Siak Poo v Sayang Plantation Bhd [2002] 1 MLJ 65
  • Chia Yan Tek & Anor v Ng Swee Kiat & Anor [2001] 4 MLJ 1
  • Zainuddin Bin Muhammad v Atsco Ltd & Anor [2001] 3 MLJ 713
  • Allied Capital Sdn Bhd v Mohamed Latiff Bin Shah Mohd and Another Application [2001] 2 MLJ 305
  • Arab-Malaysian Prima Realty Sdn Bhd v Sri Kelangkota-Rakan Engineering JY Sdn Bhd & Ors [2000] 2 CLJ 632
  • Interfood Sdn Bhd v Arthur Andersen & Co & Anor [2000] 5 MLJ 26
  • Lee Teck Chee & Anor v Merrill Lynch International Bank Ltd [1998] 4 CLJ 188
  • Saraswathy Devi A/P Nadchatiram v Vijayalakshmi Devi A/P Nadchatiram [1998] 1 MLJ 89
  • Skrine & Co v MBF Capital Bhd & Anor [1998] 3 MLJ 649
  • Tsoi Ping Kwan v Loh Lai Ngoh & Anor [1997] 3 MLJ 165
  • Tuan Haji Ishak Bin Ismail & Ors v Leong Hup Holdings Bhd And Other Appeals [1996] 1 MLJ 661
  • Ooi Bee Tat v Tan Ah Chim & Sons Sdn Bhd & Anor and Another Appeal [1995] 3 MLJ 465
  • H & R Johnson (Malaysia) Bhd v H & R Johnson Tiles Limited & Anor [1995] 2 CLJ 581
  • Tai Kwong Goldsmiths & Jewellers (Under Receivership) v Yap Kooi Hee & Ors [1995] 1 MLJ 1
  • Kuala Lumpur Landmark Sdn Bhd v Standard Chartered Bank [1994] 2 MLJ 559
  • First Malaysia Finance Bhd v Dato' Mohd Fathi Bin Haji Ahmad [1993] 2 MLJ 497
  • Pembinaan KSY Sdn Bhd v Lian Seng Properties Sdn Bhd and Another Appeal [1993] 1 MLJ 316
  • Sunkyong International Inc v Malaysian Rubber Development Corporation Bhd [1992] 2 MLJ 146
  • Ting Ling Kiew & Anor v Tang Eng Iron Works Co Ltd [1992] 2 MLJ 217
  • Zainal Abidin Putih & Anor v Che Wan Development Sdn Bhd [1992] 2 MLJ 233
  • Standard Chartered Bank v Kentland Sdn Bhd & Anor [1990] 2 MLJ 319
  • Trustees Of Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi (Penang) Registered & Ors v SM Idris & Anor and Another Application [1990] 1 MLJ 273
  • Midford (M) Sdn Bhd & Anor. v The Director-General Of Royal Customs, Malaysia & Ors [1990] 2 CLJ Rep 479
  • Canopee Investment Pte Ltd & Ors v Landmarks Holdings Bhd & Ors [1989] 2 MLJ 469
  • Beaufort International Hotels Ltd. v Tanjong Aru Hotel Sdn Bhd [1988] 1 CLJ Rep 378
  • Palmco Holding Bhd v Sakapp Commodities (M) Sdn Bhd & Ors [1988] 2 MLJ 624
  • Seasiana Sdn Bhd v Saab Scania Ab & Anor [1986] 1 MLJ 430
  • Ace King Pte Ltd v Circus Americano Ltd & Ors [1985] 2 MLJ 75
  • Datuk Hong Kim Sui V Tiu Shi Klan & Anor; Albert Teo Chin Kion v Tiu Shi Klan & Anor [1985] 1 MLJ 145
  • Permodalan Plantations Sdn Bhd v Rachuta Sdn Bhd [1985] 1 MLJ 157
  • Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation Ltd v Philip Wee Kee Puan [1984] 2 MLJ 1
  • Pacific Centre Sdn Bhd v United Engineers (Malaysia) Bhd [1984] 2 MLJ 143
  • National Company For Foreign Trade v Kayu Raya Sdn Bhd [1984] 2 MLJ 300
  • Tractors Malaysia Bhd v Southern Estates Sdn Bhd & Anor [1984] 1 MLJ 118
  • Lim Gait Tong v Peninsular Land Development Bhd & Anor [1982] 1 MLJ 330
  • T Wall & Sons Ltd & Anor v Rasa Sayang Ice Cream (Sued As A Firm) & Anor [1981] 2 MLJ 271
  • The "Fuji Hoshi Maru"; United Asian Bank Bhd v M/V Fuji Hoshi Maru, Owners & Ors Interested [1981] 2 MLJ 333
  • KC Lim & Associates Sdn v Pembenaan Udarama Sdn Bhd [1980] 2 MLJ 26
  • Quality Tractors (M) Sdn Bhd v United Asian Bank Bhd [1980] 1 MLJ 95
  • Ted Bates (M) Sdn Bhd v Balbir Singh Jholl [1979] 2 MLJ 257
  • Nadefinco Ltd. v Kevin Corporation Sdn Bhd [1978] 2 MLJ 59
  • Cantrans Services (1965) Ltd v Clifford [1974] 1 MLJ 141
  • Pit Stop Auto Accessories v Tan Kock Siang; The Minister of Communications (Applicant) [1974] 2 MLJ 79
  • Del E Webb International Hotel Co v Hotel Merlin Penang Sdn Bhd [1973] 1 MLJ 31

CLUBS AND UNINCORPORATED ASSOCIATIONS

  • Charan Dass a/l Sadhu Ram v YM Tunku Abdul Aziz & Ors [2006] 3 MLJ 416
  • Raja Servai a/l Shs Iyadorai v Tunku Abdul Aziz Ibrahim & Ors [2005] 5 MLJ 160
  • Dato' Joseph Chong Chek Ah v Tan Sri Dato' Chan Choong Tak [1997] 5 CLJ 125
  • Tengku Abdullah Ibni Sultan Abu Bakar & Ors v Mohd Latiff Bin Shah Mohd & Ors and Other Appeals [1996] 2 MLJ 265
  • Mohd Latiff Bin Shah Mohd & Ors v Tengku Abdullah Ibni Sultan Abu Bakar & Ors and Other Actions [1995] 2 MLJ 1

COMMERCIAL LAW

  • Lee Tiow Kee & Anor v Ng Geok Hwa [2017] 4 MLJ 92 Court of Appeal
  • Leisure Dotcom Sdn Bhd v Globesource Sdn Bhd [2015] 5 MLJ 789
  • China Road & Bridge Corp & Anor v DCX Technologies Sdn Bhd and Another Appeal [2014] 5 MLJ 1
  • K-Zaq (M) Sdn Bhd v Johnson Matthey Public Ltd & Ors [2014] 1 MLJ 272
  • Malaysia Building Society Bhd v Prima First Development Sdn Bhd & Another Appeal [2013] 5 CLJ 239
  • Gurbachan Singh S/O Bagawan Singh & Anor v Vellasamy S/O Pennusamy & Ors and Other Applications [2012] 2 MLJ 149
  • Alliance Bank Malaysia Bhd v W Shalihudin Bin W Ibrahim and Another Suit [2012] 10 MLJ 374
  • Ng Chooi Foong v Dynaura Mutiara Sdn Bhd & Anor [2011] 7 CLJ 145
  • Chase Perdana Bhd v Md Afendi Bin Hamdan [2009] 6 MLJ 783
  • Metramac Corporation Sdn Bhd (Formerly Known As Syarikat Teratai Kg Sdn Bhd) v Fawziah Holdings Sdn Bhd; Tan Sri Halim Saad & Che Abdul Daim Hj Zainuddin (Interveners) [2007] 5 MLJ 501
  • Standard Chartered Bank v KTS Sdn Bhd [2006] 4 MLJ 617
  • Tan Heng Chew & Ors v Tan Kim Hor & Ors [2006] 5 MLJ 313
  • Dato' Tan Heng Chew v Tan Kim Hor [2006] 2 MLJ 293
  • Choo Chin Thye v Concrete Engineering Products Bhd & Other Appeals [2005] 4 MLJ 14
  • Tan Kim Hor & Ors v Tan Heng Chew & Ors [2004] 7 MLJ 224
  • Tan Kim Hor & Ors v Tan Heng Chew & Ors [2003] 1 MLJ 492
  • Dato' Mohd Anuar Bin Embong & Anor v Bank Bumiputra Malaysia Bhd [2003] 3 MLJ 37
  • Ho Kam Phaw v Fan Sin Nin [2000] 2 MLJ 529
  • Kluang Wood Products Sdn Bhd & Anor v Hong Leong Finance Bhd & Anor [1999] 1 MLJ 193
  • Sababumi (Sandakan) Sdn Bhd v Datuk Yap Pak Leong [1998] 3 MLJ 151
  • Ang Hiok Seng @ Ang Yeok Seng v Yim Yut Kiu (Personal Representative Of The Estate Of Chan Weng Sun, Deceased) [1997] 2 MLJ 45
  • YK Fung Securities Sdn Bhd v James Capel (Far East) Ltd [1997] 2 MLJ 621
  • Datuk Yap Pak Leong v Sababumi (Sandakan) Sdn Bhd [1997] 1 MLJ 587
  • Dato Mohd Anuar Bin Embong & Anor v Bank Bumiputra (M) Bhd [1997] 1 MLJ 642
  • Charles Grenier Sdn Bhd v Lau Wing Hong [1996] 3 MLJ 327
  • Bains Harding (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd v Arab-Malaysian Merchant Bank Bhd & Ors [1996] 1 MLJ 425
  • Kokomewah Sdn Bhd v Desa Hatchery Sdn Bhd [1995] 3 CLJ 511
  • Malaysian Rubber Development Corp Bhd v Glove Seal Sdn Bhd [1994] 3 MLJ 569
  • Lim Kar Bee v Duofortis Properties (M) Sdn Bhd [1992] 2 MLJ 281
  • Lim Foo Yong & Sons Realty Sdn Bhd v Datuk Eric Taylor [1990] 1 MLJ 168
  • Datuk Eric Taylor v Lim Foo Yong & Sons Realty Sdn Bhd [1990] 1 CLJ 415
  • Goh Hooi Yin v Lim Teong Ghee & Ors [1990] 3 MLJ 23
  • Happy Shopping Plaza Sdn Bhd v Sun Properties Sdn Bhd & Ors [1987] 1 MLJ 319
  • Sun Properties Sdn Bhd & Ors v Happy Shopping Plaza Sdn Bhd [1987] 2 MLJ 711
  • Lim Yee Teck & Ors v Shell Malaysia Trading Sdn Bhd [1985] 2 MLJ 265
  • Si Rusa Beach Resort Sdn Bhd v Asia Pacific Hotels Management Pte Ltd [1985] 1 MLJ 132
  • Ooi Boon Leong & Ors v Citibank Na [1984] 1 MLJ 222
  • Lim Keng Siong & Anor. v Yeo Ah Tee [1983] 1 CLJ 233
  • Shell Malaysia Trading Sdn Bhd v Lim Yee Teck & Ors [1982] 2 MLJ 181
  • Citibank Na v Ooi Boon Leong & Ors [1981] 1 MLJ 282
  • Tindok Besar Estate Sdn Bhd v Tinjar Co [1979] 2 MLJ 229
  • Port Swettenham Authority v TW Wu And Company (M) Sdn Bhd [1978] 2 MLJ 137
  • Daiman Development Sdn Bhd v. Mathew Lui Chin Teck and another appeal [1978] 2 MLJ 239
  • T W Wu & Company (M) Sendirian Bhd v Sanko Asia Line Ltd and The Port Swettenham Authority [1975] 1 MLJ 15
  • Port Swettenham Authority v T W Wu and Co (M) Sdn Bhd [1975] 2 MLJ 73

COMPANY LAW

  • Primus (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd v Rin Kei Mei & Ors [2012] 1 CLJ 176
  • Semesta Insurance Underwriting Agency Sdn Bhd v Koperasi Insurance (M) Bhd and Another Suit [2011] 3 MLJ 379
  • Tan Kim Hor & Ors v Tan Heng Chew & Ors [2009] 4 MLJ
  • Mohd Zain Yusoff & Ors v Avel Consultant Sdn Bhd & Anor [2006] 6 MLJ 314
  • Hasmah bte Abdul Rahman v Kenny Chua Kien Lam [2006] 5 MLJ 236
  • Tan Kim Hor & Ors v Tan Heng Chew & Ors [2004] 4 MLJ 118
  • Loh Eng Leong & Ors v Lo Mu Sen & Sons Sdn Bhd & Anor [2004] 4 MLJ 384
  • Loh Eng Leong & Ors v Lo Mu Sen & Sons Sdn Bhd & Ors [2003] 8 CLJ 265
  • Loh Eng Leong & Anor v Lo Mun Sen & Sons Sdn Bhd & Anor [2003] 4 MLJ 284
  • Tan Kim Hor & Ors v Tan Heng Chew & Ors [2002] 2 MLJ 216
  • Loh Eng Leong & Ors v Lo Mu Sen & Sons Sdn Bhd & Anor [2002] 2 MLJ 253
  • Maril-Rionebel (M) Sdn Bhd & Anor v Perdana Merchant Bankers Bhd and Other Appeals [2001] 4 MLJ 187
  • Industrial Concrete Products Bhd v Concrete Engineering Products Bhd [2001] 2 MLJ 332
  • Loh Eng Leong & Ors v Lo Mu Sen & Sons Sdn Bhd & Ors [2000] 5 MLJ 529
  • MBf Capital Bhd & Anor v Tommy Thomas & Anor (No 11) [1999] 5 CLJ 131
  • Lyn Country Sdn Bhd v Eic Clothing Sdn Bhd & Anor [1997] 4 MLJ 198
  • Kimlin Housing Development Sdn Bhd (Appointed Receiver And Manager) (In Liquidation) v Bank Bumiputra (M) Bhd & Ors [1997] 2 MLJ 805
  • Avel Consultants Sdn Bhd & Anor v Mohd Zain Yusof & Ors [1995] 4 MLJ 146
  • Tien Ik Enterprises Sdn Bhd & Ors v Woodsville Sdn Bhd [1995] 1 MLJ 769
  • Vijayalakshmi Devi d/o Nadchatiram v Jegadevan s/o Nadchatiram & Ors [1995] 1 MLJ 830
  • Yamamori (Hong Kong) Ltd. v Borneo Hotel Sdn Bhd & Anor [1994] 4 CLJ Rep 235
  • Arab Malaysian Finance Bhd v Meridien International Credit Corporation Ltd London [1993] 3 MLJ 193
  • William Jacks & Co (M) Sdn Bhd v Chemquip (M) Sdn Bhd & Anor [1991] 2 MLJ 555
  • Faber Merlin (M) Bhd v Merlin Inn Kedah Sdn Bhd (In Receivership) [1991] 2 CLJ Rep 606
  • Kwality Textiles (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd v Arunachalam & Ors [1990] 3 MLJ 361
  • Ling Beng Hui & Ors v Ling Beng Sung [1990] 2 MLJ 186
  • Roxy Electric Industries (Malaysia) Bhd v Syarikat Nominee Bumiputra Sdn Bhd & Ors [1989] 3 MLJ 231
  • Avel Consultants Sdn Bhd & Anor v Mohamed Zain Yusof & Ors [1985] 2 MLJ 209

CONSTITUTIONAL LAW

  • Dato' Pahlawan Ramli Bin Yusuff v Tan Sri Abdul Gani Bin Patail & Ors [2015] 7 MLJ 763
  • Rosli Bin Dahlan v Tan Sri Abdul Gani Bin Patail & Ors [2014] 11 MLJ 481
  • His Royal Highness Sultan Ismail Petra Ibni Almarhum Sultan Yahya Petra v His Royal Highness Tengku Mahkota Tengku Muhammad Faris Petra & Anor and Another Suit [2011] 1 MLJ 1
  • Tengku Muhammad Fakhry Petra Ibni Sultan Ismail Petra v Yang Maha Mulia Pemangku Raja Kelantan & Ors [2011] 1 MLJ 128
  • Dato' Seri Ir. Hj. Mohammad Nizar Bin Jamaluddin v Dato' Seri Dr Zambry Bin Abdul Kadir (Attorney General, Intervener) [2010] 2 MLJ 285
  • Dato' Seri Ir. Hj. Mohammad Nizar Bin Jamaluddin Lwn Dato' Dr Zambry Bin Abd Kadir [2009] 5 MLJ 108
  • Dato' Dr Zambry Abd Kadir v Dato' Seri Ir. Hj. Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin; Attorney General Of Malaysia (Intervener) [2009] 5 CLJ 265
  • Tun Dato Haji Mohamed Salleh Bin Abas v Tan Sri Dato Abdul Hamid Bin Omar & Ors [1988] 3 MLJ 149

CRIMINAL LAW

  • Zainuddin Bin Muhammad v Atsco Ltd & Anor [2002] 1 MLJ 1
  • Commonwealth Of Australia v Midford (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd & Anor [1990] 1 MLJ 475

DEFAMATION

  • Dato' Seri S Samy Vellu v Penerbitan Sahabat (M) Sdn Bhd & Ors (No 1) [2005] 5 MLJ 489
  • Raphael Pura v Insas Bhd & Anor [2001] 1 MLJ 49
  • Raphael Pura v Insas Bhd & Anor (No 2) [2001] 1 MLJ 113
  • Semesta Insurance Underwriting Agency Sdn Bhd v Koperasi Insuran (M) Bhd [2000] 7 MLJ 641
  • Dato' Seri Anwar Bin Ibrahim v Dato' Seri Dr Mahathir Bin Mohamad [1999] 4 MLJ 58
  • Murray Hiebert v Chandra Sri Ram [1999] 4 MLJ 321
  • Insas Bhd & Anor v Raphael Pura [1999] 4 MLJ 650
  • MBf Capital Bhd & Anor v Tommy Thomas & Anor (No 10) [1999] 5 CLJ 123
  • MBf Capital Bhd & Anor v Tommy Thomas & Anor (No 9) [1999] 5 CLJ 16
  • MBf Capital Bhd & Anor v Tommy Thomas & Anor (No 8) [1998] 3 MLJ 232
  • MBf Capital Bhd & Anor v Tommy Thomas & Anor (No 7) [1998] 4 CLJ Supp 72
  • MBf Capital Bhd & Anor v Tommy Thomas & Anor (No 6) [1998] 3 CLJ Supp 390
  • MBf Capital Bhd & Anor v Tommy Thomas & Anor (No 5) [1998] 3 MLJ 226
  • MBf Capital Bhd & Anor v Tommy Thomas & Anor (No 4) [1998] 3 MLJ 216
  • MBf Capital Bhd & Anor v Tommy Thomas & Anor (No 3) [1998] 2 CLJ Supp 487
  • MBf Capital Bhd & Anor v Tommy Thomas & Anor (No. 12) [1998] 4 CLJ 906
  • Dato' V Kanalingam v Tommy Thomas & Anor & Other Cases [1998] 3 CLJ Supp 429
  • Matthias Chang Wen Chieh v Joseph William Yee Eu & Anor [1997] 5 MLJ 727
  • Institute Of Commercial Management United Kingdom v New Straits Times Press (Malaysia) Bhd [1993] 1 MLJ 408
  • Lee Kuan Yew v Chin Vui Khen & Anor [1991] 3 MLJ 494
  • New Straits Times (Malaysia) Bhd v Kumpulan Kertas Niaga Sdn Bhd & Anor [1985] 1 MLJ 226
  • Datuk Harris Bin Mohamed Salleh v Abdul Jalil Bin Ahmad & Anor [1984] 1 MLJ 97

ENVIRONMENTAL LAW

  • Tan Bun Teet & Ors v Menteri Sains, Teknologi dan Inovasi Malaysia & Ors [2013] 3 MLJ 676
  • Wong Kin Hoong & Ors v Ketua Pengarah Jabatan Alam Sekitar & Anor [2012] 7 CLJ 35
  • Wong Kin Hoong & Ors v Ketua Pengarah Jabatan Alam Sekitar & Anor [2011] 7 CLJ 1005
  • Asian Rare Earth Sdn Bhd v Woon Tan Kan & Ors [1992] 1 CLJ Rep 8

EXTRADITION

  • Ottavio Quattrocchi v Menteri Dalam Negeri, Malaysia & Ors [2003] 5 MLJ 20
  • Ottavio Quattrocchi v Menteri Dalam Negeri, Malaysia& Ors (No 3) [2002] 8 CLJ 725
  • Ottavio Quattrocchi v Menteri Dalam Negeri, Malaysia & Ors [2001] 6 MLJ 561
  • Bank Bumiputra Malaysia Bhd & Anor v Lorrain Esme Osman & Ors [1987] 1 MLJ 502

Family Law

  • Suci Mathews v Thomas Mathews [1985] 2 MLJ 228

Fraud

  • Letchuman Chettiar Alagappan (as Executor to SL Alameloo Achi (Deceased)) & Anor v Secure Plantation Sdn Bhd [2017] 5 CLJ 418 Federal Court
  • Zung Zang Wood Products Sdn Bhd & Ors v Kwan Chee Hang Sdn Bhd & Ors [2014] 2 MLJ 799

Industrial Law

  • Govalan v Kuala Lumpur - Kepong Amalgamated Limited [1980] 1 MLJ 29

Insolvency

  • Dato' See Teow Chuan & Ors v Ooi Woon Chee & Ors And Other Applications [2013] 4 MLJ 351
  • Ooi Woon Chee & Anor v Dato' See Teow Chuan & Ors [2012] 2 MLJ 713
  • Leong Moh Sawmill Co Sdn Bhd (In Liquidation) v Standard Chartered Bank & Ors [1996] 2 MLJ 614

Insurance Law

  • American Home Assurance Co v Nalin Industries Sdn Bhd [1993] 2 MLJ 409
  • Malaysia National Insurance Sdn Bhd v Malaysia Rubber Development Corporation [1986] 2 MLJ 124
  • The "Melanie" United Oriental Assurance Sdn Bhd Kuantan v WM Mazzarol [1984] 1 MLJ 260
  • Sino Malay Transport Sdn Bhd v QBE Insurance Ltd [1980] 1 MLJ 177

Intellectual Property

  • Maxis Sdn Bhd v Suruhanjaya Syarikat Malaysia & Ors [2004] 2 MLJ 84

Labour Law

  • UDA Holdings Bhd (Formerly Known As Perbadanan Pembangunan Bandar) v Melewar Leisure Sdn Bhd (Formerly Known As Harta Bumi Sdn Bhd) [2009] 2 MLJ 408
  • Citibank Bhd v Mohamad Khalid Bin Farzalur Rahaman & Ors [2000] 4 MLJ 96
  • Wu Shu Chen (Sole Executrix Of The Estate Of Goh Keng How, Deceased) & Anor v Raja Zainal Abidin Bin Raja Hussin [1997] 2 MLJ 487
  • Tsoi Ping Kwan v Medan Juta Sdn Bhd & Anor [1996] 3 MLJ 367
  • Yeong Ah Chee v Lee Chong Hai & Anor And Other Appeals [1994] 2 MLJ 614
  • Khoo Cheng Yee v Khoo Teng Seong & Ng Seng Kiok & Ors [1992] 2 CLJ Rep 643
  • Keng Soon Finance Bhd v MK Retnam Holdings Sdn Bhd & Anor [1989] 1 MLJ 457
  • Lai Soon Cheong v Kien Loong Housing Development Sdn Bhd & Anor [1986] 2 MLJ 369
  • Voo Min En & Ors v Leong Chung Fatt [1982] 2 MLJ 241

Legal Profession

  • Gurbachan Singh S/O Bagawan Singh & Ors v Vellasamy S/O Pennusamy & Ors (On Their Behalf And For The 213 Sub-Purchasers Of Plots Of Land Known As Pn35553, Lot 9108, Mukim Hutan Melintang, Hilir Perak) And Other Appeals [2015] 1 MLJ 773
  • Tetuan Bakar & Partners v Malaysia National Insurance Bhd & Ors [2010] 4 MLJ 493
  • Foo Ton Hin v Malaysian Bar & Ors [2007] 8 CLJ 141
  • Cherie Booth QC v Attorney General, Malaysia & Ors [2006] 6 MLJ 501
  • Badan Peguam Malaysia v Louis Edward Van Buerle [2006] 1 MLJ 21
  • Re Geoffrey Robertson QC [2001] 4 MLJ 257
  • Tommy Thomas v Peguam Negara, Malaysia & Other Appeals [2001] 3 CLJ 457
  • Majlis Peguam Malaysia & Ors v Au Kong Weng Joseph [1993] 2 MLJ 57
  • Joseph Singaram Pillay v Malaysian Bar [1993] 3 MLJ 257
  • Majlis Peguam Malaysia & Ors. v Joseph Au Kong Weng [1993] 2 CLJ 417

Negligence

  • Zulhasnimar Hasan Basri & Anor v Dr Kuppu Velamani P & Ors [2017] 1 LNS 1057 Federal Court
  • Arab-Malaysian Finance Bhd v Steven Phoa Cheng Loon & Ors And Other Appeals [2003] 1 MLJ 567
  • Dr Wong Wai Ping & Anor v Woon Lin Sing & Ors [1999] 6 CLJ 23
  • Lembaga Letrik Negara Lwn Ramakrishnan [Dialihbahasa Dari [1982] 2 MLJ 128 Oleh Puan Saleha Binte Mohamed Ramly, Ll B(Malaya), Ll M (London) Pensyarah Di Fakulti Undang- Undang, Universiti Malaya] [1983] 1b MLJ 10
  • Mohamed Ibrahim & Anor v Christopher Piff & Anor [1981] 1 MLJ 221
  • Ramakrishnan v Lembaga Letrik Negara, Malaysia [1981] 2 MLJ 347
  • Len Omnibus Co Bhd v North South Transport Sdn Bhd & Anor and another appeal [1978] 2 MLJ 246
  • Choo Fah Fatt & Anor v Che Rus bin Othman & Ors [1977] 1 MLJ 230
  • Government of Malaysia & Ors v Jumat bin Mahmud & Anor [1977] 2 MLJ 103
  • Chan Loo Khee v Lai Siew San & Ors [1971] 1 MLJ 253

Nuisance

  • Steven Phoa Cheng Loon & Ors v Highland Properties Sdn Bhd & Ors [2000] 4 MLJ 200

Occupier’s Liability

  • Lembaga Letrik Negara, Malaysia v Ramakrishnan [1982] 2 MLJ 128

Planning

  • Khoo Ah Imm @ Chang Bee Kiam & Ors v Datuk Bandar Kuala Lumpur & Anor [1997] 2 MLJ 602
  • Bandar Raya Developments Berhad v Ang Yoke Lin Construction Sdn Bhd [1993] 2 CLJ 53

Probate and Administration

  • Lau Siang Kok, Lionel v Lau Chon Kun @ Lau Yu Chak, Datuk Seri Panglima [2013] 2 MLJ 889
  • Gan Yook Chin (P) & Anor v Lee Ing Chin @ Lee Teck Seng & Ors [2005] 2 MLJ 1
  • Lee Ing Chin @ Lee Teck Seng & Ors v Gan Yook Chin & Anor [2003] 2 MLJ 97
  • Sok-Chun Tang v Vincent Tang Fook Lam & Anor [1999] 2 MLJ 274
  • Damayanti Kantilal Doshi & Ors v Jigarlal Kantilal Doshi & Ors [1998] 4 MLJ 268
  • Trustees Of Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi (Penang) Registered & Ors v Poh Swee Siang [1987] 2 MLJ 611
  • Poh Swee Siang v Trustees Of Tong Khoo Kongsi & Ors [1986] 1 MLJ 53b

Shipping

  • Interpetrol Bermuda Ltd. v The Owners Of & All Other Persons Interested In The Ship "Norseman"[1992] 2 CLJ Rep 576
  • United States Of America v The Owners Of & Other Persons Interested In The Vessels " Jade Phoenix " & " Golden Phoenix " Of The Port Of Philadelphia [1988] 2 CLJ Rep 526
  • The "Loon Chong"; The "Loon Chong" Owners & Ors v Eng Hong Trading Co Sdn Bhd [1982] 1 MLJ 212
  • Imperial Garments Sdn Bhd v Luculent Shipping Company Of Panama & Ors [1982] 1 MLJ 281

Societies

  • Kok Wee Kiat v Chong Hon Nyan; Wong Chwee Lai v Chong Hon Nyan; Choo Chong Hee v Chong Hon Nyan; Chan Siang Sun v Malaysian Chinese Association [1985] 2 MLJ 130

Trust/Pension Fund

  • Chong Thian Fook & Ors v Sarawak Shell Bhd & Ors and Another Appeal [2009] 5 MLJ 322
  • Sarawak Shell Bhd & Ors v Chong Thian Fook [2007] 3 MLJ 697
  • Chong Thian Fook & Ors v Sarawak Shell Berhad & Ors [2004] 7 MLJ 53
  • Multi-Purpose Holdings Bhd & Anor v General Holdings Sdn Bhd [2003] 2 MLJ 252
  • Fusing Construction Sdn Bhd v Eon Finance Bhd & Ors [2000] 3 MLJ 95
  • Fusing Construction Sdn Bhd v Sia Kie Sung & Ors [1997] 1 MLJ 552

Unjust Enrichment

  • Dream Property Sdn Bhd v Atlas Housing Sdn Bhd [2015] 2 MLJ 441

Expertise

  • Corporate and Commercial Litigation
  • Commercial and Investment Treaty Arbitration
  • Environmental Law
  • Media Law Disputes
  • Public & Administrative Law

Qualifications

  • LL.B. (Hons) Queen Mary College, University of London
  • Fellow (Faculty of Law) Queen Mary College, University of London
  • Barrister-at-law of the Honourable Society of Middle Temple
  • Bencher of the Honourable Society of Middle Temple
  • Advocate & Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya
  • Advocate & Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore
  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, United Kingdom
  • Fellow of the Malaysian Institute of Arbitrators
  • Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators
  • Fellow of the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration Limited

Professional Appointments

    Panel of Arbitrators:

    • International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID)
    • Hong Kong Arbitration Centre (HKIAC)
    • Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration (KLRCA)
    • Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC)
    • FICCI Arbitration and Conciliation Tribunal (FACT) India,
    • Indonesian National Board of Arbitration (BANI)
    • Indian Council of Arbitration (ICA)
    • Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS)

    Current

    • Member of the Advisory Council of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA)
    • Member of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Court representing Malaysia
    • Member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration
    • Member of the ICC Task Force on Financial Institutions.
    • Member of the Advisory Panel of the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration (KLRCA)

    Past

    • Past Vice President of Asia Pacific Regional Arbitration Group (APRAG), (2006-2009)
    • Past Deputy President of the Malaysian Institute of Arbitrators
    • Past Member of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)
    • Past Chairman of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Malaysia Branch (CIArb)
    • Past President of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA)
    • Past Member of the Review Committee of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Agency (MACC)
    • Past Vice Chair of Committee D, which was the Arbitration and ADR Section of the International Bar Association

SERVICE TO THE PROFESSION

  • Past Chair of the Practice Section of the Malaysian Bar Council on Civil Procedure tasked with amending the Malaysian Rules of the High Court
  • Past Chairman of the Kuala Lumpur Bar Committee
  • Past Member of the Malaysian Bar Council

HONOURS

  • Awarded the title “Dato” by His Royal Highness, The Sultan of Kelantan in 2003
  • Awarded the title “Tan Sri” by His Majesty, the King of Malaysia on 5th June 2010

WHAT OTHERS SAY

  • The Asia Pacific Legal 500 has said the following in their publication:

    “……………..acted for KAF Investment Bank in the Pesaka Astana bonds case, a case concerning the issue of liability in relation to information provided on investment products which has been closely watched by the capital markets industry. Cecil has also acted as defence counsel to Lynas Corporation in judicial review applications and defamation actions regarding its rare earth plant operation; Other clients include Maxis and The New Straits Times.
  • Chambers Asia Pacific has said the following in their publication:

    “Cecil Abraham is a renowned figure in the market, highly experienced in both litigation and arbitration and praised by clients as "clinically incisive" in his approach. He played a leading role in the representation of the MEASAT network in a dispute against AV Asia over the former's alleged breach of a mutual non-disclosure agreement.”

    “Sources praise Cecil Abraham for his long-established profile as one of the top arbitration lawyers in Malaysia. He has significant experience of acting as arbitrator on major cases across the region, notably in Singapore and India, and on high-value ICSID matters. Clients appreciate him for ‘understanding the crucial issues’ in arbitration cases.”

    “Cecil Abraham…is one of Malaysia’s most respected dispute resolution lawyers. He is also acclaimed as a ‘very accomplished arbitrator’, and sits on the panels of numerous regional and international tribunals. He presides particularly frequently over cases considered in India and Singapore, or arbitrated by ICSID. Since publication, Cecil Abraham has joined Cecil Abraham & Partners.”

    “Cecil Abraham…remains a prominent disputes practitioners who is recognised for his expert handling of big-ticket cases. He is frequently called upon as counsel and arbitrator in arbitrations across the region including ICSID cases.”

    “Cecil Abraham has a ‘legendary reputation in Malaysia’ and handles a significant number of appellate and arbitration cases. He is also regularly involved in international disputes and investment arbitrations as an arbitrator. Clients particularly appreciate his ‘excellent legal knowledge and strategic guidance.’ ”