Donovan leads the firm’s employment law and dispute resolution practice. His work in the profession has been recognised by publications such as the Legal 500, Chambers & Partners, Asialaw and Benchmark Litigation. The Legal 500 Asia Pacific has named him as a recommended lawyer for labour and employment for successive years, where he is described as “understanding, efficient and direct“ and “the name to note“.
Donovan assists corporate clients on various employment law issues, including drafting of employment contracts and handbooks, advising on workforce reductions, termination of employees and compliance issues, and representing them in employment litigation such as unfair dismissal claims and judicial review proceedings involving the decisions of the Industrial Court or the Minister of Human Resources.
Donovan has extensive experience in dispute resolution and has represented international corporations in a wide range of matters, including commercial and civil litigation, international arbitrations, intellectual property disputes and construction adjudication.
In addition to his private practice experience, he was also the former regional legal counsel for South East Asia of PPG Industries, one of the largest paints and coatings manufacturers in the world. In this role, he oversaw the organisation’s in-house legal services in South East Asia, supporting business units in the region across 6 countries, in addition to Australia and New Zealand.
He is the author of “Navigating Employment Disputes in Malaysia”, and was a contributing editor to the Annotated Statutes of Malaysia’s Employment Act 1955, and the Employee Provident Fund Act 1991.
Donovan is an advocate and solicitor of the High Court of Malaya. He is also a Fellow at the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators and the Malaysian Institute of Arbitrators. He currently sits as the co-Deputy Chair of the Malaysian Bar Council’s Industrial and Employment Law Committee.
Donovan & Ho was founded on 3 June 2014. We have since expanded our office, multiplied our headcount, and have served thousands of clients from all over the world.
The firm was founded with the goal of re-energising the practice of law by providing legal solutions that are usable and easy to understand. Our commitment is to communicate clearly – no legal jargon, just simple, effective advice.
The demands of the modern world mean more work and less time, and unlike traditional law firms we acknowledge the need to constantly innovate. We have adopted state of the art technology in document management and project management. We know that if we work faster and more efficiently, our clients benefit.
As part of our ongoing commitment to make legal knowledge accessible, we have also become best known for our efforts in educating the public on legal issues. We have more than 400 legal articles available for free on our website, read by more than a million viewers over the world. We have since grown this initiative to take on new ways to share what we know: our #LegalFlix series now shares valuable legal information through 2 minute videos and we collaborated with partners like Lexis Nexis to establish a COVID-19 resource hub for employment law issues.
We are dedicated to promoting awareness on common legal issues, and this is reflected in our work for our clients. We take pride in knowing that our advice is easy to implement, quickly comprehensible and business friendly.