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Clive Navin Selvapandian

Partner, Christopher & Lee Ong

Practice Area:

Shipping & International Trade
Commercial Litigation

LLM (Maritime Law), (Southampton)
Advocate and Solicitor (High Court of Malaya)
Barrister, (Middle Temple)

T +60 3 2273 1919 / +60 3 2267 2692

Clive is lauded by clients as having “an active practice advising clients on a broad range of contentious shipping matters”. Clients say that he "listens well to what we say and is helpful in diagnosing causes of problems faced, helping to solve them amicably.” Chambers and Partners (Asia Pacific), 2021

Clive is also named as a Leading Individual in the 2021 edition of  the Legal 500 (Asia Pacific) and described as “an expert on dispute resolution, who is active on litigation and arbitration, including insurance claims and dry shipping and maritime disputes.

One client says: "He makes the effort to explain issues in depth to us." Chambers and Partners (Asia Pacific), 2020. Another commends him for having “delivered a timely, professional and personal service to our valued client.” Legal 500 (Asia Pacific), 2020

Described as “an up-and-coming practitioner who has a strong track record on both wet and dry shipping disputes”, Clive is “knowledgeable, very prompt and offers clients a lot of comfort as he speaks in very simple terms and delivers what is needed." Chambers and Partners (Asia Pacific), 2019

He is also “very objective, sharp and solution-oriented.” Legal 500 (Asia Pacific), 2019

  • Acted for Claimants in proceedings under the International Convention on Civil Liability for Oil Pollution Damage 1992 and International Convention on Civil Liability for Bunker Oil Pollution Damage 2001.
  • Acted for parties in proceedings under the International Convention Relating to the Limitation of the Liability of Owners of Sea-Going Ships 1957 and the Convention on Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims 1976, as amended by the Protocol of 1996.
  • Acted for shipowners and insurers in proceedings brought by the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency.
  • Acted for and advised both Arresting Party and Defendants/Respondents in numerous ship-arrest hearings, applications to set-aside arrests, claims for damages for wrongful arrests and all steps involved in a judicial sale of a vessel.
  • Acted for and advised cargo owners and shipowners in numerous disputes under the Hague Rules and Hague – Visby Rules.
  • Acted for and advised parties on claims on bills of lading including those under the Bills of Lading Act 1855.
  • Acted for and advised charterers and shipowners on disputes under charterparty agreements and the subsequent arbitrations under the Asian International Arbitration Centre Rules.
  • Acted for and advised parties in disputes over the carriage of dangerous goods.
  • Advised on the Malaysian cabotage policy and regulatory laws governing merchant shipping in Malaysia.
Reported Cases
  • Lead Counsel in a ship-collision claim concerning damage caused by a barge under tow: Owners of the Ship or Vessel ‘MY Ferry 2’ v. Owners and/or Demise Charterers of the Ship or Vessel ‘KKD000132-T’ & Anor [2020] MLJU 298, HC; [2021] MLJU 738, CA (leave to appeal to the Federal Court has been obtained).
  • Junior Counsel in a claim brought against a purchaser of a vessel, who purchased the vessel whilst she was under arrest: Majorole Shipping Sdn Bhd v. The Owners and/or others persons having interest in the ship or vessel ‘Semua Bahagia’ (Suit: WA-27NCC-68 -11/2016), HC. Lead Counsel in the Court of Appeal in Suit: W-02(IM)(ADM)-1179-06/2019.
  • Junior Counsel in a suit before the Admiralty Court that examined the significance of a bareboat charter registry in ship-arrest claims: Rei Management Sdn. Bhd. v. The Owners of the Ship or Vessel ‘Inaimerak Super’ [2016] MLJU 1390, HC.
  • Junior Counsel in a claim concerning the 1957 tonnage limitation convention: Newfield Peninsula Malaysia Inc. v. The Owners of the Ship or Vessel ‘Tanjung Pinang 1’ [2013] 10 MLJ 650, HC.
  • Contributor to Malaysian Civil Procedure 2018 and 2021 editions, Sweet and Maxwell, commonly known as the ‘White Book.’
  • The Moscow Stars – Charter Party Liens and Arbitration,’ The Newsletter of The Malaysian Institute of Arbitrators (Issue 1/2019).
  • ‘New Remedies for Seafarers’, The Sun, 6 February 2017.
  • Member, Malaysian Bar’s Shipping and Admiralty Law Committee (since 2015).
  • Member, International Malaysian Society of Maritime Law (since 2016).
  • Member, Young SIAC of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (since 2017).
  • Member, Young International Arbitration Group of the London Court of International Arbitration (since 2017).
  • Member, The Malaysian Institute of Arbitrators (since 2018).