18 December 2023 - English barrister and King’s Counsel Ng Jern-Fei KC is to become a Malaysian registered foreign lawyer with boutique disputes law firm Lim Chee Wee Partnership (LCWP), where he will be bringing his 20 years of international arbitration (IA) experience and expertise to LCWP’s IA practice from 2 January 2024.
With the addition of Ng to its team, LCWP will be the only law firm in Malaysia who has a King’s Counsel as a registered foreign lawyer within its ranks, a mark of distinction that is underscored by the fact that Ng is Malaysian and was born in and grew up in Malaysia.
“We are delighted to welcome Ng Jern-Fei KC onboard as a registered foreign lawyer, to complement and add specialist advocacy firepower to our IA practice. He made Malaysia proud when he became one of the youngest silks to be appointed in England and Wales, and is now the first and only King’s Counsel to be affiliated with a Malaysian practice,” said LCWP Senior Partner Dato’ Lim Chee Wee.
“He has been instructed in some 350 international arbitrations as counsel over the past 20 years. This and his many years of experience practising English law will be immensely valuable to our clients,” said LCWP Managing Partner Lee Shih.
Ng is also admitted as an advocate and solicitor in Singapore. He has a multi-jurisdictional practice which also includes England, Hong Kong, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands and now Malaysia. He will continue to maintain his UK practice as a member of 7BR Barristers’ Chambers in London, his Singapore practice with Duxton Hill Chambers, and will continue to be an arbitrator member of Temple Chambers in Hong Kong.
“I am looking forward to being part of LCWP, one of three Malaysian firms listed in the Global Arbitration Review’s GAR 100 leading international arbitration firms. I am confident that my mutually complementary affiliations in four different jurisdictions will serve to reinforce LCWP’s offerings in this space,” said Ng.
Ng was ranked in the 2023 GAR 45 under 45, the Global Arbitration Review’s guide to the leading figures of the international arbitration bar under the age of 45, and is one of only seven Asia-based practitioners on the list. He frequently acts as counsel for governments, multi-national corporations and high net worth individuals across the globe, both in court and in arbitration. He also has sat as arbitrator in arbitrations seated in Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Hong Kong, London and Geneva. Ng is described in the directories of leading lawyers as “an absolute superstar of the Bar”, “simply the best”, “one of the biggest names for Asia-related arbitration” and an “absolutely brilliant advocate!”
LCWP and Ng have experience teaming up on a number of cross-border litigation and international arbitration cases over the past 15 years, including a US$40m commodities arbitration seated in London, a US$50m multi-jurisdictional civil fraud litigation in London, a US$4m oil supply dispute heard in Singapore, a multi-million dollar civil fraud dispute and a commodities supply contract seated in Paris. LCWP and Ng are currently working on several international arbitration cases governed by Malaysian law and English law.
The surge in interest in and demand for international arbitration representations reflects Asia’s economic growth and development, as regional trade pacts drive the growth of dynamic trade networks and the demand for investment and infrastructure. Hence Asian, and Malaysian, trade and investments deals increasingly involve multiple parties across multiple borders embodied in multiple contracts, said Ng and Lim.
This has made Asia a growth centre for arbitration as an alternative dispute resolution method, and Malaysia is following the same trend.