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Dato’ Firoz Hussein bin Ahmad Jamaluddin

Firoz has over 25 years’ (civil, commercial, and public law) onshore and offshore experience as a Barrister (England & Wales, called 1991) and an Advocate and Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya (2006). Firoz has been actively in practise for 23 years and has appeared before the various Courts in Malaysia including the Federal Court on behalf of clients, specializing in corporate and commercial litigation, constitution, and public law.

He has advised on major corporate commercial and political litigation cases across Malaysia represented both foreign and local clients for individuals and corporations in a variety of litigation and various disputes.

Firoz’s advisory profile includes matters relating to commercial litigation, shareholder disputes, construction contract disputes, insurance litigation, and other issues relating to politics. He has also advised and litigated matters pertaining to banking and insurance matters. He has also represented Malaysia in litigation before the International Court of Justice in The Hague

Academic Qualifications:

LLB (Hons)  from the University of Leicester

LLM(Hons) from the University of Cambridge

Professional Qualifications:

Called to the Bar of England & Wales (Inner Temple) 1991

Called to the Bar as an Advocate and Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya 1996

Appointments and Professional Memberships:

  • Firoz was called to the English Bar undertook his pupillage at Atkin Chambers, Gray’s Inn in London.
  • In 1994, he joined Squire and Company, advising on insurance-related litigation.
  • Firoz was then recruited by Holman Fenwick & Willan, based in London and Singapore, an international law firm specializing in shipping.
  • Firoz returned to Malaysia and joined Skrine & Company in Malaysia.
  • In 1998, Firoz established Puthucheary Firoz & Mai a firm specializing in commercial litigation, and was Counsel for several major litigation cases.
  • Prior to joining Zaid Ibrahim & Co., Firoz was with Harafizam Wan & Aisha Mubarak for 6 years, focusing on Counsel work in company, commercial and political litigation.

Practice Area:

Civil and Commercial Litigation. Commercial and Construction Arbitration. Public and Private International Law.

Further details of specific practice areas and experience can be obtained by emailing: office@mcnairchambers.com

Key Cases:

Public International Law:

  • Revision of the Judgment of 23 May 2008 in the case concerning Sovereignty over Pedra Branca/Pulau Batu Puteh, Middle Rocks and South Ledge (Malaysia/Singapore) – represented the Malaysian Government in seeking to review an earlier decision of the International Court of Justice conferring sovereignty over Pedra Branca/Pulau Batu Puteh to Singapore. The case was withdrawn before the hearing.
  • Timor-Leste and Australia – advised the Government of the Republic of Timor-Leste in relation to a dispute over the maritime boundary in the Timor Sea between Timor-Leste and Australia.

Private International Law:

  • Lombard Commodities Ltd v Alami Vegetable Oil Products Sdn Bhd [2010] 1 CLJ 137 – case concerning the enforcement of an award made under the Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards Act.

Civil and Commercial Litigation:

  • Lembaga Kemajuan Tanah Persekutuan v Dr. Tan Kee Kwong – major defamation case involving a statutory body and an opposition politician.
  • Merong Mahawangsa Sdn Bhd & anor v Dato Shazryl Eskay Abdullah [2015] 8 CLJ 212 – major commercial case in which the Federal Court ruled on the invalidity of influence-peddling contracts as being void on the grounds of being contrary to public policy.
  • Ungku Sulaiman Abd. Majid & anor v Pengarah Tanah Dan Galian Johor & anor [2012] 2 CLJ 273 –  historical claim in relation to lands owned by royals from the State of Johor against the Government of the State of Johor.
  • UEM Genisys Sdn Bhd v United Engineers Berhad & ors [2010] 108 CLJ 785 – shareholder dispute involving fraud and oppression.

Public Law:

  • Tan Sri Joseph Kurup v Danny Anthony Andipai [2009] MLJU 131 – election petition involving a challenge against a leading political leader on the validity of an election.
  • Dewan Undangan Negeri Selangor & ors v Mohd Hafarizam Harun [2016] 7 CLJ 143 – constitutional case on the power of the State Parliament to cite a lawyer for contempt.

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