He is always at the forefront of the latest legal developments, and he grasps commercial and legal issues quickly, providing solutions and strategies.  

Chambers Asia-Pacific

Guide 2024 - Construction

  He is very experienced and sharp in the points given.  

Chambers Asia-Pacific

Guide 2024 - Construction

Belden Premaraj

Founding Partner

  • LLB (Hons) University of Liverpool
  • Barrister, Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn
  • Advocate & Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya
  • 12 years ranked in Chambers & Partners Asia-Pacific Guide for Dispute Resolution/ Construction
  • Listed In Asia Business Law Journal’s Top 100 Lawyers in Malaysia for 2019-2022
  • Panel Arbitrator, Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC)
  • Panel Arbitrator, Mediator & Adjudicator, Asian International Arbitration Centre (AIAC)
  • Member, ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR
  • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Certified by AOTS of Japan on Commercial Arbitration for Asian Countries
  • Fellow of Asian Institute of Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Fellow, Malaysian Institute of Arbitrators
  • Vice President, Malaysian Institute of Arbitrators 2010-2012
  • Trainer, AIAC Accreditation of Adjudicators
  • Construction and Engineering
  • Oil and Gas
  • Energy and Infrastructure

Belden is the founding partner of Belden Advocates & Solicitors, a construction & engineering dispute resolution and advisory practice.

He specialises in arbitration practice and on-project advisory for the past 30 years with a focus in the construction and engineering, energy and infrastructure and oil and gas industries.

He is regularly appointed as an arbitrator for complex and technical disputes both domestically and internationally.

He has acted as counsel in international and domestic arbitrations including in the following subject-matter:-

  • Design and construction of mixed developments in the UAE
  • Steel erection top side works for 2 FPSO
  • Painting and insulation works for an LNG plant and EPCC for Slug Catcher
  • Design and delay dispute for an EPIC for MPUs
  • Dredging and reclamation works for a container loading jetty
  • Laser docking system, chilled water pipes, runway lighting systems and PC airplane cooling system in the KLIA project
  • Double-track railway infrastructure, track works and systems EPCC for Seremban to Gemas and for Ipoh to Padang Besar
  • Hydrogen Production Unit Plant and a Diesel Heater Treater Plant
  • Steam Cracker Complex Facility
  • Design and construction of a highway and a cable-stay bridge
  • Design and construction of coal fired power station
  • M&E works for a private hospital
  • Construction of a reservoir, pumping plant and laying of pipelines
  • BOT of a district cooling plant and ice storage system
  • Design and construction of a sewerage treatment plant
  • Road infrastructure works, including tunnelling works in Kuala Lumpur
  • Design and construction of a steel-based mosque and religious complex in Putrajaya
  • Design and construction of central railway station Kuala Lumpur

His experience as Arbitrator includes disputes involving:-

  • EPC for oil and gas facilities including onshore and offshore facilities
  • Joint venture oil production and refinery contracts
  • Hydro power generation plant and works in Sri Lanka
  • Highway and infrastructure works in India
  • mixed development in Abu Dhabi
  • Brown field renovation works for an active hospital
  • Project joint venture agreements
  • Government infrastructure projects
  • Renovation and refurbishment of police stations and quarters

His experience in Adjudication and other ADR processes includes:-

  • Claims relating to the construction of a high-end hotel;
  • Claims relating to booster transformers and signalling systems for a double track railway project;
  • Claims relating to the construction of police quarters;
  • Claims relating to water pumping systems for a cooling plant;
  • Claims relating to the construction of office buildings.

He has acted as mediator, early neutral evaluator and expert determiner for a number of disputes.

He is also regularly engaged in Malaysia and internationally as a trainer, presenter and speaker on various topics relating to his area of practice and has written and delivered many papers on these matters.

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