Agalya graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from Aberystwyth University, Wales and obtained her Certificate in Legal Practice (CLP) in 2013.

Agalya is a highly skilled and accomplished lawyer with a remarkable track record in handling complex legal matters with a primary area of expertise in Criminal Litigation, Civil Litigation and contractual disputes. She has represented clients in the Court of Appeal for anti-money laundering/white collar crimes and most recently in the Federal Court for breach of statutory duty against the Government of Malaysia. Agalya has demonstrated her expertise in handling high-stakes cases including smuggling and immigration offences. Her exceptional advocacy skills has resulted in successful outcomes for her clients from the Magistrates Court all the way to the Federal Court. Her extensive knowledge of relevant laws and regulations, coupled with their strong legal acumen, has enabled her to navigate the complexities in legal procedures and safeguard her clients’ rights and interests. Agalya has also secured favourable outcomes by arguing against the creation of a resulting trust and challenging orders for eviction. She has demonstrated comprehensive understanding of administrative law, coupled with meticulous preparation for her clients seeking redress through the judicial review process.

Agalya’s other areas of practice include taxation, general civil litigation and debt recovery.

As part of her professional development, Agalya has enrolled with the Malaysian Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators for the Chartered Governance Qualifying Programme in March 2023.

Career to date

2023    Senior Associate, MahWengKwai & Associates

2018    Senior Associate, J R Ravendren & Associates

2014    Associate, J R Ravendren & Associates

2013    Pupil-in-Chambers, J R Ravendren & Associates

2011    Internship, J R Ravendren & Associates

Educational achievements

2013    Certificate of Legal Practice

2010    Bachelor of Laws (Hons), University of London

Particular litigation experience

Criminal Litigation

  • Defending accused persons in smuggling offences
  • Remand proceedings before the Magistrates Court
  • Bail mitigation for accused persons
  • Sentencing mitigation for corporate bodies and individual accused persons
  • Sentencing appeal for accused person in High Court
  • Preparing representation letter to the Attorney General’s Chambers and Customs Legal Unit
  • Preparation of Witness Statements for trial and cross-examining witnesses.
  • Defending corporate bodies and individual persons under AMLATFPUAA 2001

Judicial Review

  • Seeking certiorari and mandamus order from High Court against the Royal Malaysian Customs

Other Civil Matters

  • Claim for the return of deposit forfeited pursuant to a breach of an agreement of Tenancy Agreement, Sessions Court.
  • Initiating summary judgment proceedings against the insurance company for the theft of an insured vehicle.
  • Disputes arising from a breach of contract for security services.
  • Settlement of garnishee proceedings.
  • Disputes arising from the arrival of a vessel in Kuantan Port containing raw materials that was subject to the investigations by the Department of Environment, Malaysia.
  • Claim for damages against the Royal Malaysian Customs Department for the value of the imported goods being the subject matter of an unlawful and illegal seizure in breach of statutory duties at High Court, Court of Appeal and Federal Court.
  • Claim for sinking fund and maintenance fee for a Management Corporation, Magistrate Court
  • Representing a client who lodged a complaint with the Advocate and Solicitors Disciplinary Board.
  • Claim for vacant possession of premise and outstanding rental from tenant pursuant to breach of Tenancy Agreement, Session Court.
  • Assisting clients with Customs licensing and internal audit requirements.

Reported Cases

  • Sarmiina Sdn Bhd v Gerry Ho & Ors [2023] 4 MLJ 870
  • Five Sun Trading Sdn Bhd v Muhammad Sallehudin bin Ramli & Ors [2023] 8 MLJ 822
  • Muhammad Anwar bin Gulam Mohamad v Pendakwa Raya [2019] 5 LNS 1263
  • Public Prosecutor v Lee Swee Chee [2020] 5 LNS 218
  • Simplex Sdn Bhd & Ors v PP [2021] 4 CLJ 595

Reviews & Testimonials

  • “I had a pleasure in meeting Agalya from MahWengKwai & Associates. I cannot express how grateful I am for her professionalism and patience in handling my case by meticulously addressing each issue in reference to my case. Besides the professional and sound advice that was given by Agalya appreciated her friendly and hospitable approach as a client.” – Lavenya
  • “Extensive legal opinion provided by Ms Agalya & Ms Kirthika, both very professional and helpful!” – Ms Pick Kee
  • “Would like to thank Ms. Agalya for her wonderful service throughout the process. She’s very helpful and patient in guiding us all the way. She also walks the extra mile for us and goes above and beyond to ensure we get our discussed outcome. She’s a brilliant lawyer with great knowledge. Would definitely come back to MWK because of her.Her colleagues Naveen and Jeremy were great as well. They were knowledgeable and had a great grasp of their field. We felt confident in their handling of our case and believed in them to represent us. Naveen was warm and bubbly – and had a really good ability to build rapport with clients and ease our anxiety.Overall a great experience. Thanks team!” – Jasmine, Inspiros International School
  • Dispute Resolution

    Arbitration
    Banking & Finance
    Commercial Litigation
    Constitutional law
    Data Theft
    Debt Recovery
    Environmental law
    Family Business
    Intellectual Property
    Joint Management Bodies & Management Corporations
    Land Acquisition
    Mediation
    Medical
    Shipping
    Strata Titles & Common Property
    Tax

  • Corporate

    Banking & Finance
    Charities & Not-for-profits
    Entrepreneurs & Start-ups
    Environmental law
    Intellectual Property
    Tax

  • Employment

    Contractual Documentation
    Constructive Dismissal
    Disciplinary Procedures
    Partnership Disputes
    Whistleblowing
    Wrongful Dismissal

  • Individuals & Families

    Citizenship
    Custody
    Family Business
    Immigration
    Syariah Advisory Wills