Chan Kheng Hoe felt so ill-fitted to the legal profession even before he commenced his career that he chose to undertake social work instead. Threats that the Government would change the pupillage period from 9 months to 2 years eventually encouraged him to start his legal career with Messrs Allen & Gledhill.
After practising for only one year, Kheng Hoe decided to embark on starting his own firm. It was the start of a perilous journey which helped him develop more guts than glory. Nevertheless, it was a journey that helped him become the lawyer he would turn into eventually.
From 2002, Kheng Hoe started handling construction disputes. Whilst he was at first in awe at the voluminous documents and various technical concepts involved, he soon learned that he could hold his own even amongst lawyers who were more reputable than him in the field.
Today, Kheng Hoe’s practice is almost entirely comprised of construction disputes only. He sits on the contracts and practices committee of Master Builders Association of Malaysia (“MBAM”), and helped launch the MBAM Mediation Centre (now under the auspices of the Construction Industry Development Board (“CIDB”)). For 2022-2023, Kheng Hoe also sits in the CIDB committee to review the CIDB standard form of contract (2022) which was launched in 2023, introducing novel concepts such as the early warning system, compensation events, and the use of dispute avoidance boards.
Kheng Hoe holds an LLB (Hons) from University of Malaya and an LLM in Construction Law from University of Salford.
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