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John Mathew

Head, Dispute Resolution and Partner, Christopher & Lee Ong

Practice Area:

Commercial Litigation

LLB (Hons) University Malaya
Advocate & Solicitor, High Court of Malaya
Notary Public

T +603 2273 1919
E john.mathew@christopherleeong.com

John is the Head of Disputes Practice Group of Christopher & Lee Ong. He has over 30 years of experience and has an active practice in general civil and banking litigation.

John was a partner at Lee Ong & Kandiah, which merged with several law firms into Christopher & Lee Ong in July 2013. In his earlier years in practice, John also practised corporate law (both transactional and advisory). This enables him to provide more practical advice, including when managing and resolving disputes.

John was named among the “Commended External Counsel of the Year 2018” in Malaysia by the In-House Community, and was recognised for his “vast knowledge in different areas of law and is meticulous in his legal analysis.”

John is a panel arbitrator with the Asian International Arbitration Centre (AIAC) and has served several years as a member of then Compensation Committee of Bursa Malaysia. In addition, John has been a Notary Public since 2004.

Experience

During his early years of practice, John was principally involved or assisted in general civil litigation and banking litigation matters. Subsequently, his practice took a corporate focus but John never left the litigation world in toto. Upon joining Lee Ong & Kandiah in 2004, he continued his corporate law practice and facilitated the development of the banking litigation practice of the firm. Presently, his focus is on general civil litigation, banking litigation and advising statutory bodies on the interpretation of their relevant statutes and the exercise of their respective statutory functions.

Reported Judgments
  • Datuk Hussain Bin Mohamed v. First Malaysia Finance Berhad & Anor [1990] 1 MLJ 369, High Court Malaya, Kuala Lumpur
  • Co-operative Central Bank Ltd. v. Sri Devi [1990] 1 MLJ 427, Supreme Court
  • Jururus Ladang Sdn. Bhd. lwn. Tradewinds (M) Sdn. Bhd. [1991] 1 CLJ 276, High Court Malaya, Kuala Lumpur
  • Revertex Ltd. & Anor. v. Slim Rivertex Sdn. Bhd. & ors. [1991] 1 MLJ 508, High Court Malaya, Kuala Lumpur
  • Perwira Habib Bank (M) Bhd. v. Saiyo Sdn. Bhd. & ors. [1991] 3 CLJ 1849, High Court Malaya, Kuala Lumpur
  • Lloyds Bank International Ltd v. MPC Holdings Sdn. Bhd. & Anor [1992] 1 LNS 72, High Court Malaya, Kuala Lumpur
  • Bank Negara Malaysia v. Mohd. Ismail Ali Johor & ors. [1992] 1 MLJ 400, Supreme Court
  • Ontrade Finance Limited v. Landmark Enterprise Sdn. Bhd. & ors [1993] 1 LNS 184, High Court Malaya, Kuala Lumpur
  • Overseas-Chinese Banking Corporation Limited v. Banhenly Holdings Sdn. Bhd. & ors. [1993] 2 CLJ 347, High Court Malaya, Muar
  • Raja Zainal Abidin Raja Tachik & ors. v. British-American Life & General Insurance Bhd. [1993] 3 MLJ 16, Supreme Court
  • National Land Finance Co-operative Society Ltd v. Ketua Pengarah Hasil Dalam Negeri [1994] 1 MLJ 99, Supreme Court
  • Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation Ltd v. Kredin Sdn. Bhd [1995] 1 LNS 146, High Court Malaya, Kuala Lumpur
  • United Overseas Bank Limited v. Heap Huat Rubber Co Sdn Bhd [1995] 1 LNS 256, High Court Malaya, Johor Bahru
  • Malayan Banking Berhad v. Syarikat Seri Belian Sdn Bhd [1997] 4 CLJ Supp. 154, High Court Malaya, Melaka
  • Harta Empat Sdn. Bhd. v. Koperasi Rakyat Bhd. [1997] 1 MLJ 381, Court of Appeal
  • OCBC Bank (Malaysia) Bhd. v. Kredin Sdn. Bhd. [1997] 2 MLJ 544, Court of Appeal
  • Malayan Banking Berhad v. Syarikat Seri Belian Sdn. Bhd. [1997] 4 CLJ SUPP 154; High Court
  • Dato' Yap Peng & Ors v. Public Bank Bhd & ors [1997] 3 MLJ 484, Court of Appeal
  • Meton Properties Sdn. Bhd. v. Ketua Pengarah Hasil Dalam Negeri [1998] 1 CLJ Supp. 204, High Court Malaya, Kuala Lumpur
  • Kredin Sdn Bhd v. YTF Investments Sdn Bhd [1998] 1 MLJ 46, Court of Appeal
  • Kredin Sdn Bhd v. OCBC Bank (Malaysia) Bhd [1998] 2 CLJ 797, Federal Court
  • National Land Finance Co-Operative Society Ltd. v. Ketua Pengarah Hasil Dalam Negeri [1998] 4 CLJ SUPP 232; High Court
  • Ketua Pengarah Hasil Dalam Negeri v. Malaysian Co-operative Insurance Society Ltd [2000] 1 MLJ 561, Court of Appeal
  • TMF Trustees Malaysia Berhad v Offshore Works Sdn Bhd & 3 Ors [2016]9 CLJ 137; High Court, Malaya, Kuala Lumpur
Unreported Judgments
  • OCBC Bank (Malaysia) Bhd v. Siong Holdings Sdn. Bhd. [1996] 1 LNS 502, High Court
  • Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation Ltd v. Kredin Sdn. Bhd. [1995] 1 LNS 146, High Court
  • Bank Bumiputra Malaysia Bhd v. Mutalib Bin Datuk Seri Razak [1994] 1 LNS 219, High Court
  • Ontrade Finance Limited v. Landmark Enterprise Sdn. Bhd. & Ors [1993] 1 LNS 184, High Court
  • Lloyds Bank International Ltd v. MPC Holdings Sdn. Bhd. & Anor [1992] 1 LNS 72, High Court
  • YFG Berhad & 2 Ors v. Insanas Enterprise Sdn. Bhd. & 2 Ors [2016] 1 LNS 1084. High Court
Memberships/Directorships
  • Member of then Compensation Committee of Bursa Malaysia
  • Arbitrator empanelled with the Asian International Arbitration Centre (AIAC)