T. Tharumarajah, D.J.N.
Mr. Tharuma graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the University of London in 1983 and is a Barrister of the Middle Temple. He was admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of the High Court, Malaya in 1985. With more than 30 years of experience, Mr. Tharuma’s area of practice is mainly in Civil Litigation, with a particular interest in Insurance Law, Medical Negligence, Family Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution .
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He is also a qualified civil and family Mediator registered with the Malaysian Mediation Centre. He is able to mediate all civil and family matters.
Mr Tharuma is also a qualified adjudicator (for construction disputes) and is registered with the Asian International Arbitration Centre (AIAC) in Kuala Lumpur. He has sat and delivered several decisions and is actively involved in Adjudication.
He is also a qualified Sports Arbitrator and is currently registered with the AIAC.
Since 2015, Mr. Tharuma has sat on the Penang Appeals Board (Lembaga Rayuan Pulau Pinang) hearing appeals from the Penang State Government’s Town and Country Planning Department (Jabatan Perancang Bandar dan Desa Negeri Pulau Pinang). These appeals involve planning and development matters in the State of Penang. He has sat and heard many appeals as a panel member and assists in writing the Appeals Board decisions.
Mr Tharuma was the Penang Bar Committee Chairman from 2017 to 2019. He is presently the Penang State Bar Committee Representative and sits as a Council member of the Bar Council Malaysia.
Mr Tharuma has also conducted for the Penang Bar Committee, ethics lectures involving pupils-in-chambers and in the areas of family law/custody matters, for practicing lawyers generally.
He has held the following positions in the Bar Council in the following capacities:
1. Chairman of the Civil Law Committee dealing with Law Reform and other related matters;
2. Deputy chair of the Family Law Committee;
3. Deputy chair of Continuing Professional Development Committee;
4. Member of the Legal Profession Act (LPA) Committee; and
5. Member of the Court Liaison Committee.
Currently, he holds the following positions in the Bar Council in the following capacities:
1. Deputy Chairman of of the Civil Law & Law Reform Committee
2. Co-chairman of the Personal Injuries Committee
3. Co-chairman of the Family Law Committee
4. Member of the Ad-hoc Committee to look into proposals for a Contempt of Court Act to be legislated in Malaysia
Mr Tharuma has also represented the Bar Council in discussions with the Judiciary on amendments to Rules of Court implemented in Malaysia.
He has also sat on the Disciplinary Board of the Bar Council Malaysia hearing Disciplinary Hearings on many occassions.
He is a life member of the ASEAN Law Association-Malaysian Chapter and serves as a Council Member. He is currently a delegate member for Malaysia and has sat as Chairman of the ASEAN Business Committee. Currently, he has been appointed as a member of the ASEAN Business & Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee.
He has also been appointed as alternative member of the Governing Board for Malaysia at the ASEAN Law Institute attached to the University of Philippines.
He has also presented a paper, the “ASEAN Charter” in Manila, Phillipines at the ASEAN law Assembly in 2015.
Mr Tharuma has since been appointed as honourary Legal Advisor to the Council of Justices of the Peace, State of Penang, Malaysia.
In July 2017, Mr Tharuma was awarded the Darjah Johan Negeri (D.J.N.) by the State of Penang, Malaysia.
Mr Tharuma is currently the managing partner of T. Tharuma & Associates, where he manages the firm’s Penang Office.
Sohan received his early education at St. Xavier’s Institution, Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia and went on to read law at the University of the West of England, Bristol, United Kingdom and graduated in 2009 with an LLB(Hons). In 2010, Sohan was called to the Bar of England & Wales as a Barrister-at-Law of the Middle Temple. In 2011, Sohan was called to the Malaysian Bar as an Advocate and Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya.
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In 2010, Sohan also qualified as an Accredited Civil and Commercial Mediator with the ADR Group, United Kingdom.
Sohan is mostly involved in general civil litigation. His experience and practice ranges from areas which include among others, personal injury, insurance, corporate & commercial disputes, insolvency & bankruptcy, banking, probate & administration and general recovery claims.
Prior to joining the firm, Sohan was in practice as a partner of a firm in Kuala Lumpur, mainly involved in Civil Litigation with a focus on Corporate & Commercial Disputes and Insolvency Law.
He has conducted matters in all Courts up to the Court of Appeal and assisted lead counsel in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Federal Court.
Outside of Court, Sohan has been instructed to attend Creditor and Contributory Meetings of Companies, both in the capacity of Proxy or Solicitor/Advisor to the Company.
Sohan is also able to advice on commercial contracts and/or service agreements.
Sohan is currently a partner of T.Tharuma & Associates, where he manages the Firm’s Kuala Lumpur Office.