nicholas-lai  Nicholas Lai
Senior Associate, Dispute Resolution Division

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Nicholas Lai graduated from the University of Reading, UK and completed the Bar Professional Training Course at Cardiff University, UK the following year where he qualified as a Barrister-at-law at the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn.

Commencing his pupillage at Skrine, he was subsequently admitted to practice as an Advocate and Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya.

He is now a Senior Associate with Skrine in the Dispute Resolution Group.

Further Details

Areas of Practice

Trade Remedies, Contracts, Debt Collection, Corporate & Commercial Disputes, Fraud, Land Disputes, Sale and Purchase Dispute, Banking & Finance, Security & Shares, Defamation, Tort, General litigation


Trade Remedies

  • Acted for multiple exporters and trade associations from a wide range of jurisdictions including Japan, China, Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, France, Finland, Brazil etc.
  • Experienced and well-equipped in handling anti-dumping and safeguard investigations, with notable successes. Collaborated with law firms from the various jurisdictions on anti-dumping / safeguard investigations.
  • Acting in the first ever judicial review case in the Malaysian Special Powers Court on a safeguard decision made by the Malaysian Investigation Authority.

Dispute Resolution

Selected experience in Dispute Resolution :-

  • Assisted in representing a foreign public university in a dispute with its former local corroborative partner regarding scope and effect of corroborative agreement, provisions of courses locally and enrolment & recruitment of students;
  • Assisted in representing foreign accountancy professional body in a defamation / contractual suit arising from the internal disciplinary procedures of the professional body;
  • Assisted in defending a High Court decision at the Court of Appeal on an award to impute liability of RM113 million against a holding company through the principle of “lifting the corporate veil”;
  • Assisted in a multimillion US Dollar contractual suit, involving multiple international corporations, for specific performance of a contract in the absence of a formal sale and purchase agreement;
  • Assisted in the recovery of debts arising from the breach of loan facility agreements on behalf of banks in various matters, both in the High Court and Court of Appeal;
  • Assisted in obtaining injunctive reliefs, amongst others, a freezing order (Mareva Injunction) on assets of a corporation where monies were believed to have been wrongly dissipated;
  • Assisted in representing globally-recognised professional body in obtaining injunctive reliefs of a mandatory order to remove postings on social media platforms which were defamatory to its professional integrity and reputation.


Other Professional Work and Publications

  • Assisted in drafting the Malaysian Chapter of Global Competition Review’s publication, Private Antitrust Litigation 2014 and Private Antitrust Litigation 2015.
  • Assisted in drafting a paper for the International Malaysia Law Convention 2014, Lifting the Corporate Veil – Maxim, Myth or Mystery?



  • Advocate & Solicitor, High Court of Malaya
  • Barrister-at-law, Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn
  • LLB (Hons) University of Reading




The Chambers Asia Pacific 2018 Rankings

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


The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018 Rankings

Skrine is pleased to announce that the Firm has achieved seven Tier 1 practice area rankings in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018.

Our Tier 1 rankings are in the following areas: 
  • Banking and Finance
  • Corporate and M&A
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Intellectual Property
  • Technology, Media & Telecommunications
  • Real Estate and Construction
  • Labour and Employement

Skrine was also listed as one of the leading firms in the areas of Projects & Energy, and Shipping. 

Four Skrine partners were ranked as leading lawyers in their respective areas. 


Skrine Retains Who’s Who Legal Accolade for Malaysia

On 15th May 2017, the Who’s Who Global Awards was held in London, United Kingdom and Skrine was conferred the Award:

Malaysia Law Firm of the Year 2017

Skrine previously received this Award in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.



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