Swee Im Tan is a Barrister-at-Law (Middle Temple), a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a Fellow of the Malaysian Institute of Arbitrators, a Fellow of the Asian Institute of Alternative Dispute Resolution, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building, a Fellow of the Malaysian Society of Adjudicators, a Fellow of the Dispute Board Federation an arbitrator, adjudicator and mediator on the panel of the Asian International Arbitration Centre, a qualified adjudicator, a Malaysia Construction Industry Development Board Accredited Mediator, and holds a Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration.
Swee is also an Advocate and Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya, and founded a legal firm in Malaysia which focuses on the construction, infrastructure and energy sectors. She was in-house counsel for a public listed company and has extensive arbitration experience. She was a key member of the drafting team on the first independent power plants in Malaysia, the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, the Malaysia-Singapore Second Crossing projects and many other major projects in Malaysia as well as internationally. Swee is one of only five lawyers in Malaysia named in Who’s Who Legal for the practice area of Construction.
Swee’s experience in the construction industry ranges from the early procurement strategy stage, contract drafting, advisory during the project life, through to dispute resolution. She is known for her logical and practical approach to matters, with a great ability to keep the big picture in mind without losing focus on the detail. Solution orientated without getting lost in the law, she is a sought after resource by industry stakeholders.
In construction, Swee has had a role in much of Kuala Lumpur’s skyline and in infrastructure she has been involved many of the major infrastructure projects including airports, bridges, highways, heavy rail and light rail. Internationally she has been involved in projects in South East Asia, Indo-China, Middle East, Australia, as well as trans-national pipelines. Power plants, co-generation facilities, crude oil terminals are included in her energy experience.
Swee regularly sits as arbitrator and adjudicator, in addition to her many years as counsel in arbitrations and adjudications. Her appointments are institutional as well as party agreed.
Swee is a regular speaker at conferences, seminars as well as practical workshops in contract administration. She is a great communicator and a lively speaker and passionate about the education of construction professionals in dispute avoidance. Swee has contributed many articles, case commentaries and led a team to develop standard forms and procedures guide for statutory adjudication. She has always been an active contributor to industry associations.