Shaikh Abdul Saleem

Managing Partner

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Saleem read law at University of Essex, England and graduated in 1995. Thereafter he continued his barrister’s course at Middle Temple and was called to the English Bar in 1996. Saleem was called to the Malaysia Bar on the 5th of September 1997.

Saleem is a founding partner of SDC and has more than 20 years’ experience in dispute resolution and commercial law.

Saleem acts on behalf of various financial institutions in the recovery of loan and enforcements of security as well as in disputes against financial institutions. This includes work relating to receivers and liquidators. Saleem also acts for various private and public listed companies in matters involving land disputes, construction claims, corporate litigation, quasi criminal matters and other general civil litigation matters.

Saleem is a qualified advocacy trainer for the Bar Advocacy Training course.

James P. David

Managing Partner

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James graduated with an LLB (Hons) from Sheffield University and obtained an LLM (Hons) from Cambridge University. He is admitted as a solicitor of England & Wales and called to the Malaysian Bar. He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb).

James is a founding partner of SDC. From 1995, he has been involved in insurance, shipping and aviation, international trade, offshore energy and has a substantial practise in policy advise, recoveries and defence. He is regularly instructed by general and liability insurers including P&I, FD&D and hull and also acts for ports, off-shore operators and contractors, freight forwarders and commodity traders.

He is a qualified arbitrator and sits on the panel of the Kuala Lumpur Regional Arbitration Centre (KLRCA) and Thai Arbitration Institute (TAI). He is consistently named as a leading individual in his field.

Cahaya Narimas Faad

Partner

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Cahaya studied law at the International Islamic University Malaysia. She then obtained her LLM (Maritime Law) from University College London. She was admitted as an advocate and solicitor at the High Court of Malaya in 2011.

Cahaya specialises in transportation law with a particular emphasis on shipping and other forms of international carriage of goods. She is experienced in both ‘dry’ and ‘wet’ shipping disputes and acts for a wide range of clients including shipowners, charterers, freight forwarders, traders, ports and logistics operators. Cahaya also has a sizeable portfolio acting for general insurance companies particularly in the field of marine and liability insurance.

She is an active advocate and experienced in alternative dispute resolution. She is fluent in English and Malay.

Gurmeet Kaur

Partner

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Gurmeet graduated with an LLB (Hons) University of London. She was admitted as an advocate and solicitor at the High Court of Malaya in 2011.

Gurmeet started her legal journey with the firm but spent almost a year on secondment to Carigali Hess Operating Company where she gained invaluable experience drafting and negotiating commercial contracts for drilling services, development projects, production operations and maintenance works, and logistics.

In her practice, Gurmeet has more than 7 years’ experience in dealing with commercial disputes ranging from retail, supplier trading agreements and tenancy matters. She also has substantial experience acting for banks and other financial institutions in corporate as well as retail loan recoveries. She is an avid litigator and regularly conducts hearings and trials before various courts throughout the West Malaysian circuit right up to the Court of Appeal.

She is fluent in English, Malay, Punjabi, and Hindi.