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Nereen Kaur Veriah

Partner, Christopher & Lee Ong

Practice Area:

Building and Construction
Arbitrator, Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution

Advocate & Solicitor, High Court of Malaya
LLB (University of London) (Second Upper)
C.L.P. (Legal Profession Qualifying Board, Malaysia) (Second Upper)
LLM (Queen Mary University of London) (International Dispute Resolution)
Diploma in International Arbitration (The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators)
FMIArb (Fellow, The Malaysian Institute of Arbitrators)
FCIArb (Fellow, The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators)
Hon Secretary of The Malaysian Institute of Arbitrators (2019-2021)

T +60 3 2273 1919 / +60 3 2267 2727

Nereen Kaur Veriah is an arbitrator who regularly receives appointments, particularly in respect of building and construction disputes. 

Nereen Kaur Veriah is an empaneled arbitrator with several arbitration centres, including the Asian International Arbitration Centre (AIAC) and Thailand Arbitration Centre (THAC).

Apart from sitting as an arbitrator, Nereen Kaur Veriah is also a litigation and alternative dispute resolution lawyer who specialises in buiding and construction disputes.

Construction Disputes
  • Dispute on the construction of a landmark bridge project in Malaysia under the statutory adjudication regime in Malaysia.
  • Dispute in respect of the construction of an oil and gas platform (relating to additional works).
  • Dispute relating to the construction of a cable stay bridge involving numerous inter-related work packages and excessive delays and defects in works.
  • Advising on the structural integrity of a rail network and perusal of technical expert reports to determine extent of liability as a result of excessive soil movement.
  • Successfully resisting a setting aside application on a jurisdictional point thereby upholding the right to refer FPSO disputes to adjudication under the statutory adjudication regime in Malaysia.
  • Involved in several High Court applications and trials as well as appeals at the Court of Appeal representing building and construction companies in respect of claims for monies wrongfully withheld, extensions of time, variation works, under-payment and damages for defective works.
  • Dispute between a port authority and its contractors in respect of the development and construction of a port (dispute over defective execution of work involving several contractors).
  • Numerous domestic arbitrations in respect of construction dispute relating to variation of works and LAD charges.
  • Advisory work on a multi-party dispute in respect of failed demolition works-advising foreign architectural firm.
Project Work
  • Drafting construction contracts for a national sports complex and successfully negotiating and incorporating clauses on variations and anticipated costs in favour of the client.
  • Advisory work for a Malaysian Government Agency in respect of the construction of a secure facility and preparation of bespoke Main Contract, Project Management Contract and related consultancy contracts for the Government Agency to cater for specific requirements of the Government Agency (including clauses in respect of extension of time events, the scope of liquidated ascertained damages and termination).
Other experience
  • Resisting a highly-contested defamation action against a state-owned company and achieving an amicable settlement for the state-owned company.
  • Civil suit against former bank employees for misappropriation of funds and obtaining a monetary settlement for the client.
  • Advisory work for clients in respect of the enforcement of foreign judgments against a local company under common law.
  • Obtaining injunctive relief for a statutory body against individuals who posed as authorized trading officers in futures contracts.
  • Investigating and assessing the paper-trail as well as carrying out advisory work in respect of multi-layer fraud (involving a multi-million-dollar scam) committed by the former directors of a company.
  • Member, Malaysian Bar.
  • Council Member, Malaysian Institute of Arbitrators, 2017/2018.
  • Hon Secretary, The Malaysian Institute of Arbitrators 2019-2021
  • Fellow, Malaysian Institute of Arbitrators.
  • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
  • Author, “The Big Picture-Incorporation of an Arbitration Clause by Inference”, Malaysian Institute of Arbitrators Newsletter, July 2013
  • Author, “The case of Mohamed Azahari Mantiasin-Will the Right to Choose One’s Representation in Sabah be Limited?”, Malaysian Institute of Arbitrators Newsletter, July 2014
  • Contributor, “Specialized Arbitration: Emerging Trends and Practice- Emerging Trends in Third-Party Funding in Investment Arbitration”- Thomson Reuters-September 2021
  • Contributor, “Law and Practice of Construction Law in Malaysia- Chapter 3- Statutory Control of the Construction Industry” – Sweet & Maxwell, November 2021