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Practice Areas
Dispute Resolution

Corporate and insolvency litigation; asset and debt recovery; receivership; commercial litigation; defamation and professional negligence.

Competition Law. Compulsory land acquisition. Land Reference hearings and appeals under the Land Acquisition Act 1960. Planning Development hearings. Appeals to the Appeals Board under the Town and Country Planning legislation. Judicial Review against compulsory acquisition, and development and planning orders.

Maritime transportation and insurance; marine cargo and hull claims; maritime arbitration; maritime casualty, salvage and collision claims; marine environment and regulatory; ship building and registration; maritime lien and mortgages; arrest of ships and releases and maritime litigation.  Represent a wide rand of maritime interests including ship owners, charterers, P & I clubs, shipyards, banks, oil and gas multinationals, container terminal operators, freight forwarders and logistic companies.

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Regulatory Compliance & Enforcement
Anti-money laundering, anti-corruption, breach of trust, securities legislation and prosecution by  Attorney General’s Chambers, Securities Commission and Bursa Malaysia.

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Deals with both contentious and non-contentious work, advise clients on a broad range of matters, including regulatory compliance, environmental audits and tortious liability issue, represent clients in civil tort claims, and in dealings with and prosecutions by the Department of Environment.

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Energy, Natural Resources & Green Technology (ENRGT)
Joint ventures in respect of ENRGT projects, licensing, operation, management agreements as well as other associated agreements, advises on land acquisition and other related land issues.

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• LL.B (Hons) (IIUM) (First Class Honours)
• LL.M (Hons) (Cantab) (Second Class Upper)
• M.A. (Cantab)
• Advocate & Solicitor, High Court of Malaya

Admission to the Bar

Malaya (1996)

Professional Memberships

• Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb)
• Fellow of the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust Society
• Member of the Malaysian Bar
• Member of the Shipping and Admiralty Committee of the Malaysian Bar
• Member of the International Bar Association (IBA)
• Member of the London Court of International Arbitration

Awards and Recognition

• Asialaw Profiles 2014 - a "Recommended Lawyer".

• Asialaw Profiles 2015 - "Rajasingam Gothandapani is noted for his shipping law expertise."

• Asialaw Leading Lawyers 2015 and 2016 - a "Leading Lawyer" in Dispute Resolution and Litigation and Energy and Natural Resources practice.

• Benchmark Asia Pacific 2014 - Benchmark Disputes Star

• Chambers Asia Pacific 2010 - a "Leading Individual" for Shipping.

• Chambers Asia Pacific 2012 - "Is a leading individual in the sector and the main shipping partner at the firm." 

• Chambers Asia Pacific 2013 - "Widely respected litigator Rajasingam Gothandapani heads the firm's maritime and admiralty practice and specialises in contentious matters in this field." 

• Chambers Asia Pacific 2014 - "Rajasingam Gothandapani is the leading figure of the firm's shipping practice and focuses predominantly on contentious matters. He is noted for his high level of activity, his candid assessment of issues and the strategic quality of his advice." 

• Chambers Asia Pacific 2015 - "Rajasingam Gothandapani leads the shipping practice and is very active in the maritime courts. "He has an in-depth understanding of the issues raised and is often able to answer questions on the legal points on the spot," said a client." 

• Chambers Asia Pacific 2016 - "Rajasingam Gothandapani heads the shipping practice at the firm and focuses predominantly on such contentious matters as hull claims and ship arrests. He has extensive High Court and Court of Appeal experience and is described by sources as "intelligent and hard-working."

• Chambers Asia Pacific 2017 - "Rajasingam Gothandapani "leads an efficient team, is quick to respond to developments on the ground and is able to address any of our concerns," a client reports. His broad practice incorporates shipping arbitration, maritime salvage and ship finance matters. He successfully defended Maersk Malaysia in a dispute against a shipper in relation to unpaid freight duty."

• Expert Guides 2012 and 2015 - ranked as an expert in Malaysia for International Trade and Shipping and Maritime practice.

• The Cambridge Commonwealth Trust Scholarship (1996-1997) for postgraduate studies at the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom.

• The Chevening - British High Commission Scholarship (1996-1997) for postgraduate studies at the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom.

• The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2011 - "He as having exceptional shipping litigation expertise. The firm recently demonstrated its broad expertise by seeking to enforce an RM120m Islamic facility under the Syariah principle of Al-Bai’ Bithamin Ajil."

• The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2013 - "Rajasingam Gothandapani and ... are ‘reactive and commercial, and have excellent legal and procedural knowledge’."

• The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2014 - a "Recommended Lawyer".

• The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2015 - "Rajasingam Gothandapani has been advising the Johor government on landowner disputes in relation to a major deep-water terminal development."

• The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2015 - "At Shearn Delamore & Co, practice head Rajasingam Gothandapani has been representing developers of a deepwater terminal in Southern Johor against claims of losses brought by a group of local fishermen. The practice also recently advised on collision and contractual claims, ship arrests and financing disputes."

• The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2016 - "Shearn Delamore & Co defends a broad range of Malaysian and international clients’ maritime interests in multimillion-ringgit disputes, and frequently represents clients in the Court of Appeal. The team also handles non-contentious matters, including financing. Rajasingam Gothandapani heads the shipping practice."

• The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2017 - "Shearn Delamore & Co handles contentious and non–contentious shipping matters. Highlights for Rajasingam Gothandapani included representing Maersk Malaysia in a dispute."

• The Royal Award carrying the title “Pingat Jaya Cemerlang” - bestowed by Their Highnesses in the Council of Malay Rulers for emerging as the Overall Best Graduate for the Year 1995.


Contributor to International Law Office Legal Newsletter on Shipping and Transport. Published articles include :- “Specialized Admiralty Court in the Making”, “Government Reviews National Cabotage Policy”, “Arresting Ships in Malaysian waters to secure a claim in arbitration”, “Ownership, Registration, Transfer and Mortgage of Malaysian-Flagged Ships”, “Actions In Rem : Practice and Procedure”, “Act amended to allow ship arrest to secure a claim in arbitration”, “Proposed Arbitration Act amendments on ship arrest”, “Foreign crew : recognition of competency certificates”, “New Admiralty Court established for resolution of admiralty and maritime disputes”, “Domestic shipping licence and foreign ship managers”, “Pre-empting arrest : when shipowners resort to lodging a caveat against arrest”.


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