Siva Kumar Kanagasabai currently heads the Employment Practice Group and the Shipping Practice Group. Apart from Employment and Shipping, Kumar has a broad commercial litigation practice and is a regular trainer in the Bar Council’s advocacy training programme for lawyers.
He handles both contentious and non-contentious employment law issues. He has also acted as Counsel in judicial review hearings, appeals from the Labour Court and conducted trials in the High Court as well as on appeals to the Court of Appeal and the Federal Court. Kumar is named in Chambers Asia Pacific 2009 - 2018 as a leading practitioner in Employment law. In 2011, he was appointed by the Malaysian Government to be a member of PEMANDU’s Human Capital Lab on reforms to labour law. Kumar was recently named the ILO Client Choice Award for Employment/Labour Practitioner of the Year (Malaysia) 2012, 2013 and 2014.
His broad commercial experience includes general monetary claims, insolvency, company law, insurance and defamation.
His experience in shipping and maritime matters includes handling cargo claims, the arrest of vessels, vessel damage claims arising from negligent loading, charter party disputes, claims against freight forwarders, dealing with legal issues arising from seafarers contracts, enforcement of debenture holders’ rights against vessels, ship mortgage defaults, contracts for the sale of goods/commodities and representing parties in bunker supply contract disputes. Kumar is named as a leading shipping lawyer in Chambers Asia-Pacific for 2014 - 2018.