Karthini Mahendranathan Karthini Mahendranathan
Senior Associate, Dispute Resolution Division

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Karthini is a graduate from the University of Malaya with an LLB (Hons) in 2011. She represented her university at the Philip C. Jessup International Moot Competition which attracted the participation of 650 universities worldwide. Upon emerging champions of the national rounds, she represented Malaysia to the international rounds at Washington DC in 2009. She was ranked within the top 5 best speakers in national rounds and the top 80 in the world. In 2010, she represented her university at the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot held in Vienna, Austria.

She commenced her pupillage in the Construction and Engineering Department at Skrine. She was admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya in 2012 and is now a Legal Associate with Skrine. She is a registered member of the Society of Construction Law Malaysia.

Further Details

Areas of Practice

Arbitration (International and Domestic), Alternative Dispute Resolution, Construction & Engineering, Contracts, Commercial Disputes.

Professional Affiliations

  • Malaysian representative to the Asia-Pacific Forum for International Arbitration (AFIA)
  • Supervisor at University Malaya’s Legal Aid Clinic (KBGUM)
  • Secretary, Young Members Group of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) Malaysia Branch, 2014-2018
  • Committee Member of Lighthouse Club Kuala Lumpur, the Construction Industry Charitable Organisation, 2017/2018
  • Associate Member of CIArb
  • Member of the Society of Construction Law Malaysia - 2013-present
  • Volunteer, Befrienders, 2016- present
  • Volunteer, Tenaganita, 2012


  • Advocate & Solicitor, High Court of Malaya
  • LLB (Hons) University Malaya
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma

 Selected Experience 

Oil and gas

  • Assisted Cairn Energy in a dispute against the Government of India arising out of a production sharing contract for the exploration, development and production of oil in India wherein the amount in dispute is USD 278.8 million. Successfully resisted attempts to set aside the Award at the High Court, Court of Appeal and Federal Court. For more details, see the write up in relation to the Court of Appeal proceedings on the Global Arbitration Review website: http://globalarbitrationreview.com/news/article/32822/
  • Advised Malaysia’s national oil corporation with regard to a dispute with contractors relating to an incident which occurred at a gas processing plant.


  • Assisting in a dispute concerning the design, construction and completion of a free zone port involving a claim of more than RM1 billion.
  • Co-counsel for the Respondent, a subsidiary of a Malaysian airport company which manages most of the airports in Malaysia in an ongoing arbitration in relation to the design and building of an Aircraft Fuelling System wherein the Claimant, the Concessionaire of the Aircraft Fuelling System, brought a claim for inter alia the design changes, which had to be made in the construction of the fuel hydrant pipeline, in the sum of about RM30 million and the Respondent counterclaims for reinstatement or diminution in value of the Aircraft Fuelling System due to defective design.
  • Co-counsel for the Respondent, the Employer in a property development, and a subsidiary of a Malaysia-based by Advertise" target="a652c_1521686723_wwwskrinecom_407479"> investment holding company who is in an ongoing arbitration brought against it by the Main Contractor appointed to carry out the construction and completion of a mixed development including a service apartment and a hotel. The claim is for the sum of RM56 million whilst the counterclaim is for the amount of RM50 to 60 million.


Tribunal Secretary

  • Appointed as Tribunal Secretary in an international arbitration under the UNCITRAL Rules wherein the award would affect millions of consumers in Philippines and was of a value of billions of pesos. See the write-up below for more information.


  • Co-counsel for a Malaysian company which is the sole importer of rice in the country in a fast track arbitration in respect of claims exceeding RM24 million arising out of a breach of a contract for the sale and purchase of rice.
  • Co-counsel for an independent power producer who received a demand for RM5 million under a bank guarantee issued pursuant to a power purchase agreement. Successfully obtained an interim injunction order restraining the owner of the electricity generating facilities from interalia receiving any proceeds under the bank guarantee until the final disposal of the suit.
  • Drafted the Malaysian jurisdiction part of the briefing paper on “The Prevention Principle across the Indo-Pacific” by DLA Piper.


Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific 2018


We are pleased to announce that our firm is recognised as a Top Tier Firm in the inaugural Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific 2018. Some of our partners were also listed in the rankings.


Who’s Who Legal Awards 2018


We are pleased to announce that Skrine has once again been named Malaysia Law Firm of the Year. The award was conferred at the Who’s Who Legal Awards 2018 on 8th May 2018 in London, United Kingdom.


Asian Legal Business Malaysia Law Awards 2018


Skrine has been ranked as Arbitration Law Firm of the Year and Maritime Law Firm of the Year.


The Chambers Asia Pacific 2018 Rankings

Skrine has been ranked as Leading Firm for Dispute Resolution, Intellectual Property and Projects, Infrastructure & Energy.



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