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Founded in 2020, T. Thavalingam & Co. is one of the larger boutique law firms specialising in employment- and IR-related legal services in Malaysia. We act solely for employers on a range of litigation and advisory matters.


Comprised of highly-experienced lawyers who have represented and advised all manner of employers, from multinational conglomerates and government-linked companies to family-owned enterprises, across the full spectrum of industries, including banks & financial institutions, oil & gas, airlines, telecommunications, and consumer goods.

Our lawyers have extensive expertise in handling contentious matters, ranging from unfair dismissal claims, trade disputes non-compliance actions, as well as judicial review applications and appeals.

We frequently advise employers on a range of industrial relations matters, including corporate restructuring/right-sizing exercises and business closures, staff discipline and performance issues, statutory compliance matters, employment terms and conditions, and collective bargaining with trade unions.

With the benefit of over thirty years’ experience, Dato’ Thavalingam has consistently been recognised as a leading labour lawyer by Chambers Asia Pacific, Benchmark Litigation, Euromoney and the Legal 500 Asia Pacific. He, together with his team, are dedicated to providing practical, result-oriented and comprehensive solutions to clients with efficiency and candour.

Since our founding, the firm has been recognised as a Tier 1 Firm for Labour & Employment by Benchmark Litigation, ranked as a Highly Recommended Firm by AsiaLaw, and as a Band 2 Firm by Chambers & Partners in its APAC Guide 2023. In September 2023, our firm was accorded Labour and Employment Firm of the Year at the AsiaLaw Regional Legal Expertise Awards 2023.

Our team has had the benefit of years of experience in preeminent practices which have been consistently achieved top-tier accolades in our fields of practice. In 2021, less than a year after being established, our practice was recognised by Benchmark Litigation as a Tier 2 Firm for Labour & Employment.

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Our primary area of practice consists of defending employers against claims of unfair dismissal brought by employees pursuant to s. 20 of the Industrial Relations Act 1967. These claims encompass direct dismissals for misconduct, poor performance and redundancy, as well as constructive dismissal and forced resignation cases.

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Our firm has extensive experience in acting for employers in trade disputes under the Industrial Relations Act 1967 involving trade unions, ranging from disputes relating to collective agreements and other terms and conditions of employment.

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Our firm extensively advises clients on restructuring / right-sizing exercises, including selection criteria for identifying redundancy and alternative options such as voluntary / mutual separation schemes.

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We routinely advise clients on specific cases of employee misconduct and/or poor performance in order to assist them in evaluating their best options moving forward.

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We assist clients in drafting, vetting and/or amending employment-related documents, ranging from employment contracts to Employee Handbooks, as well as advising on other communications with staff and other stakeholders. 

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We regularly advise clients on compliance issues relating to employment-related legislation, including EPF and SOCSO.



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