Tanya Marie Lopez was called to the Malaysian Bar in 2008 and joined the Firm as a Partner in July 2018. Prior to that, she was a partner at Shook Lin & Bok, a leading law firm in Malaysia.

Tanya’s areas of practice are in general and civil litigation. She possesses a diverse portfolio of experience in commercial disputes pertaining to cross-border transactions, construction litigation and winding-up and insolvency litigation. She also handles estate and dependency claims and medico-legal matters.

Tanya lists her appearance before a special panel of the Federal Court in Terrenganu Forest Products Sdn Bhd v Cosco Container Lines Co Ltd & Anor and other applications [2011] 1 MLJ 25, which sets out the test for leave applications to the Federal Court, as one of her notable career highlights. The special panel of the Federal Court resolved inconsistencies in an earlier Federal Court decision in interpreting Section 96(a) of the Courts of Judicature Act 1964 and the decision is now the authoritative precedent in Federal Court leave applications.

Other highlights include her appearance in the Federal Court as Counsel for a developer in a dispute pertaining to the recovery of architect’s fees by way of statutory adjudication pursuant to the Construction Industry Payment and Adjudication Act 2012. The Federal Court has yet to deliver its decision at the time of writing. When it does, the Federal Court will, for the first time, determine the jurisdiction of an adjudicator in a claim for a final account on a construction contract which has been terminated. The majority judgment of the Court of Appeal is reported as Martego Sdn Bhd v Arkitek Meor & Chew Sdn Bhd and another appeal [2016] MLJU 1051.

Alongside legal practice, Tanya is the incumbent Secretary of the Malaysian Maritime Law Association. She is also a member of the Medico-Legal Society of Malaysia and the Association of Women Lawyers.


  • LLB Hons (Manchester)
  • LLM (Malaya)
  • Barrister-at-law of Lincoln’s Inn, London
  • Advocate & Solicitor, High Court of Malaya

Admission to the Bar

  • England and Wales (2007)
  • Malaya (2008)

Professional Membership

  • Malaysian Bar
  • Medico Legal Society of Malaysia
  • Malaysian Maritime Law Association