Rajendra Navaratnam obtained his first degree in Electrical Engineering and started his career as an Electrical Engineer in the Power industry for about 10 years before he retrained in law and started his legal career with Azman Davidson & Co in 1988. He became a Partner of Azman Davidson & Co in 1993, where he practises at present.
Rajendra practices primarily in technology related law, in particular in the fields of construction law, insurance and intellectual property in both litigation and arbitration, acting as counsel in litigation and arbitration as well as in an advisory role.
He is also a Registered Patent Agent.
He appears as counsel in the Malaysian courts, including the Court of Appeal and the apex Federal Court.
He also sits as Arbitrator in construction and trade disputes in both international and domestic arbitrations, and is on the panel of international arbitral institutions such as the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration (KLRCA), International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), Vietnam International Arbitration Centre (VIAC) and Pacific International Arbitration Centre (PIAC).
He is also on the panel of arbitrators of the Institution of Engineers, Malaysia has in the past been on the panel of arbitrators of the Palm Oil Refiners Association of Malaysia (PORAM) during the period it was open to non-trade arbitrators.
He is a Fellow and Chartered Arbitrator of the United Kingdom – based Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, (CIArb) and is a Fellow of the Malaysian Institute of Arbitrators.
He is a past chairman of the CIArb Malaysia Branch, is a member of the Construction Law Committee of the Bar Council, member of the Contracts and Practices Committee, Master Builders Association of Malaysia (MBAM) and a past Council Member of the Society of Construction Law Malaysia.
He is on the approved Faculty List of the CIArb for various courses up to Accelerated Route to Fellowship and in various capacities up to Course Director, and sits on the Arbitration sub-committee of the Legal Affairs Committee, ICC Malaysia.
Rajendra has authored chapters on arbitration and construction law in Malaysia in practitioner’s textbooks, in particular “Arbitration in Malaysia: A Practical Guide (Thomson Reuters, Sweet and Maxwell) 2016” and “Construction Law and Practice (European Lawyer Reference) – Jurisdictional Comparisons (2nd Ed) 2016” respectively.
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