We are a boutique law firm in Malaysia best known for its vibrancy, innovation and excellent service standards.

Corporate & Commercial

Dispute Resolution

Employment Law


Legal 500 Asia Pacific

Leading Firm
– Labour & Employment

Chambers and Partners

Ranked Firm (Band 4)
– Employment and
Industrial Relations

Asialaw Profiles

Recommended Firm,
Labour and Employment


Firm, M&A

Benchmark Litigation

Litigation Star
(Donovan Cheah)


What sets Donovan & Ho apart from other law firms I have worked with is that personal touch. They not just specialise in giving sound legal advice, but they take pride in their work… It feels like it’s tailor-made to suit the needs of their clients. Much effort is made to understand their clients, their business and their needs.

G. Ramakrishnan, Senior Employment Counsel

From the get go, we were able to establish a professional, trusting working partnership with the firm. Donovan & Ho have been my “go to” employment and corporate lawyer… As well as providing the legal tools we needed, we received extensive support, guidance and advice … we go into situations with our eyes open, fully briefed on business ramifications from a legal perspective.

S. Baxendale, Founder

I appreciate Donovan & Ho’s timely and easy-to-grasp client updates, robust yet practical legal solutions, and their affable professional team of lawyers who understand and seek to address their clients’ needs. Their work is grounded on a strong foundation of the law, with a firm grasp of commercial reality and the empathy of experienced employment lawyers.

S.Y. Lee, Regional Labour Counsel

Donovan & Ho have not only been our legal counsel, but also our trusted partner in navigating complex legal matters in our business, and their dedication to client satisfaction is truly remarkable. Their unique blend of friendliness and professionalism sets them apart from others.

H.K, Manager

Provides clients with practical solutions built on a foundation of strong legal and cultural understanding of the employment landscape in Malaysia.

Chambers Asia Pacific

Excellent. The firm has always provided accurate and helpful legal advice. They are responsive to our needs and a true partner.

Asialaw Profiles

Advice is balanced against commercial considerations, with practical bent… Extremely cooperative, fast response, extra mile intention on getting the client fully knowledgeable of all pros and cons of every single term, patiently. Lastly, eager to help. No weaknesses… Has strong business acumen and industry knowledge. Considerate and fair in judgement… Value for money, great professionalism and good/pleasant user experience…


(specialising) in employment litigation… the team is winning plaudits from the market for its labour expertise and is quickly climbing the ranks as a go-to firm for these matters.

Benchmark Litigation

Donovan & Ho might be young (launched 2014) and small, but the firm is hard to miss online thanks to its robust social media strategy… And by the looks of it, the approach is working.

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Managing Non-Recognised Unions in the Workplace

Recognised trade unions under the Industrial Relations Act 1967 ought to be given due regard by employers in workplace matters. However, it is not so straightforward when such trade unions are in the process of seeking recognition, or when trade unions who do not have...

Case Spotlight: Citing Contract Clauses in Adjudication

The Federal Court handed down a decision which saw divergence in the conclusions reached by the panel, and is one that will pave the way payment claims are drafted in adjudications under the Construction Industry Payment and Adjudication Act 2012 (“CIPAA”).  This...

What is the AIAC Fast Track Procedure?

The Asian International Arbitration Centre (AIAC)’s Fast Track Procedure under the AIAC Arbitration Rules 2023 provides for expedited arbitration proceedings, with shorter timelines for the disposal of the entire arbitration. [Schedule 4] What is the AIAC Fast Track...

Case Spotlight: Serial Claimant Ordered by the Industrial Court to Pay Costs

In CSY v Lepcon Tools (M) Sdn Bhd (Award No. 1 of 2024) the Industrial Court took a stern stance against an employee who failed to respect the Industrial Court’s system by ordering her to pay costs to her employer after her unfair dismissal claim was rejected. The...

Case Spotlight: Immunity of Trade Unions Before the Industrial Court

While trade unions are entitled to lodge trade disputes complaints, are employers always on the defensive? After all, there may be instances where employers are legitimately aggrieved by the actions of the trade union.   In the employers’ arsenal of rights, section...

Case Spotlight: Enforcing Confidentiality Obligations in Employment

Enforcing post-termination confidentiality obligations is often easier said than done. Former employers can often face difficulties in obtaining the evidence to substantiate their complaints. To enforce such obligations, the former employer must show evidence of such...

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