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Clive Navin Selvapandian

Partner, Christopher & Lee Ong

Practice Area:

Shipping & International Trade
Commercial Litigation

Accredited Mediator (Malaysian International Mediation Centre)
LLM (Maritime Law), (Southampton)
Advocate and Solicitor (High Court of Malaya)
Barrister, (Middle Temple)

T +60 3 2273 1919 / +60 3 2267 2692 / +601 7201 4485

Clive has been ranked as a leading shipping lawyer since 2018.

He is a member of the Malaysian Bar’s Shipping and Admiralty Law Committee and the International Malaysian Society of Maritime Law. He speaks often on maritime law issues and his writings have been published in local and international publications.

He qualified as an Accredited Mediator in 2022.

Career Accolades
  • “He has an active practice advising clients on a broad range of contentious shipping matters.” - Chambers and Partners (Asia Pacific), 2022 (Band 3).
  • “Clive is always sharp in his analysis, and very approachable. The firm also advises on oil shipment and trading matters. He and his team are very responsive and trustworthy.” - Legal 500 (Asia Pacific), 2022 (Leading Individual).
  • 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 (Up and Coming).
  • “[A]n expert on dispute resolution, who is active on litigation and arbitration, including insurance claims and dry shipping and maritime disputes.” - Legal 500 (Asia Pacific), 2021 (Leading Individual).
  • “Clive Navin Selvapandian advises clients in relation to shipping disputes, including collision, charter party and cargo cases. One client attests: "He makes the effort to explain issues in depth to us." - Chambers and Partners (Asia Pacific), 2020 (Up and Coming).
  • “Clive Selvapandian delivered a timely, professional and personal service to our valued client.” - Legal 500 (Asia Pacific), 2020 (Leading Individual).
  • “Clive Navin Selvapandian is an up-and-coming practitioner who has a strong track record on both wet and dry shipping disputes. One client reports: "He 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 (Up and Coming).
  • “The 'very objective, sharp and solution-oriented' Clive Selvapandian is a shipping and trade disputes specialist.” - Legal 500 (Asia Pacific), 2019 (Leading Individual).
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, High Court; [2021] MLJU 738, Court of Appeal.
  • Lead Counsel in the Court of Appeal in Suit No.: W-02(IM)(ADM)-1179-06/2019 pertaining to a claim brought against a purchaser of a vessel, who purchased the vessel whilst she was under arrest: see High Court judgment at   Majorole Shipping Sdn Bhd v. The Owners and/or others persons having interest in the ship or vessel ‘Semua Bahagia’ [2019] 1 LNS 2397.
  • 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, High Court. 
  • 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, High Court.
  • 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.
  • Acted for shipowners in proceedings brought by the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency.
  • Acted for cargo owners and shipowners in numerous disputes under the Hague and Hague – Visby Rules.
  • Acted for parties in claims under the Bills of Lading Act 1855.
  • Case Comment on The “MT Cavalier” [2022] MLJU 673 in Volume 22, Issue 6 (July/August 2022) of the Lloyd’s Shipping and Trade Law Newsletter.
  • Contributor to Malaysian Civil Procedure 2021 and 2018 editions, Sweet and Maxwell, commonly known as the "White Book".
  • "Maritime Law Legal Practice in Malaysia" in the August 2021 issue of I-Risk Spot, a publication of the Malaysian Bar.
  • “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, Maritime Arbitration Committee of the Asian International Arbitration Centre’s Young Practitioners’ Group (since 2017).
  • Member, The Malaysian Institute of Arbitrators (since 2018).