Chu Ai Li

Chu Ai Li was called to the Malaysian Bar in 1996. She joined Azman Davidson & Co in 2001 and became a Partner in 2004.

Career Highlights

Ai Li helps clients present their cases so that they are clearly heard and understood by the Court or arbitrator or adjudicator. As a result, just decisions are made by the Court or arbitrator or adjudicator.  Among the memorable cases she handled are the following, where the odds did not appear to be in her clients’ favour:

  • Was appointed counsel for the respondent in an arbitration at a late stage, after the claimant had closed its case and the respondent had started its case. The respondent lost one application after another and the odds were heavily tipped against the respondent. After a gruelling face-off against a tough opponent, the arbitrator decided in her client’s favour and dismissed the entire claim of RM20 Million.
  • In an adjudication under the Construction Industry Payment and Adjudication Act 2012 (CIPAA), Ai Li acted as counsel to defend a project employer against a claim of RM73 Million. After a tough fight, the adjudicator awarded a sum of about RM1 Million to the claimant, a massive reduction from the claim sum.


  • Drafting and advising on construction-related contracts, including EPCC (engineering, procurement, construction & commissioning) contracts, design and build contracts, sub-contracts, consultancy contracts, joint venture agreements
  • Construction contract administration issues
  • Dispute resolution, in Court and in arbitration and in CIPAA adjudication
  • Construction law matters such as:
    1. Contractual disputes involving breach of contract, termination of contract etc
    2. Claims for certified and uncertified sums
    3. Claims for extension of time
    4. Claims for loss and expense, prolongation and disruption
    5. Claims for variation
    6. Injunctions relating to performance bonds and restraint of winding up proceedings
  • Administrative law matters such as:
    1. Disciplinary proceedings of statutory bodies and domestic tribunals
    2. Applications for judicial review
    3. Applications for declarations and injunctions

Contact Details

  • +603 2164 0200
    ext no. 123

Areas of Practice

  • Construction Law
  • Arbitration
  • Adjudication
  • Litigation
  • Administrative Law


  • LLB (Hons) (London) (1993)
  • Certificate in Legal Practice (1994)
  • Advocate & Solicitor, High Court of Malaya (1996)
  • LLM (Malaya) (2001)

Professional Memberships

  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Fellow of the Malaysian Institute of Arbitrators
  • Panel Arbitrator, Asian International Arbitration Centre
  • Panel Adjudicator, Asian International Arbitration Centre