Called to the English Bar in 2012.
Thaya's primary area of practice is construction law. He drafts various building and engineering contracts, advises on disputes arising from such contracts and appears as Counsel to resolve these disputes. Thaya also sits as an adjudicator, arbitrator and mediator.
Thaya has drafted building and engineering contracts based on Malaysian standard forms, such as PWD and PAM, English standard forms, such as IChemE, JCT and NEC, and international standard forms, such as FIDIC. Thaya has also drafted bespoke contracts and was involved in drafting the pioneer Alliance Contract and Project Delivery Partner Agreement used in Malaysia. In 2015, Thaya was appointed to the Consultation Group for the Association of Consultant Architects, Kent, and Association for Consultancy and Engineering, London, new suite of Project Partnering Contracts 2015, which comprises the Framework, Project and Term Alliance Contracts.
Thaya has advised on disputes arising from several projects from inception to completion. Major projects he is, or has been, involved in, include the Refinery and Integrated Petrochemicals Development Project in Pengerang, the Langat Centralised STP, the North South Expressway Fourth Lane Widening Project, the Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit, the two Penang Bridges and various phases of the Electrified Double Track Project, all in Malaysia, and the National Highway Development Project in India. Thaya has advised on projects throughout Asia and in Europe. He has a particular interest in railway projects and has advised on every major Malaysian railway project during his years in practice.
Thaya has appeared as Counsel in several domestic and international arbitrations governed by the ICC, KLRCA, PAM and UNCITRAL rules. He also appears as Counsel in the High Court of Malaya and the appellate courts of Malaysia in relation to construction disputes. The judgements in some of the cases he has appeared in have been published in the printed and online reports. Thaya has appeared as Counsel in court annexed and private mediations. Recently, Thaya has appeared as Counsel in adjudication proceedings.
Thaya has been appointed as arbitrator in a variety of commercial disputes, including disputes arising from development agreements and joint venture agreements. Thaya was appointed as an adjudicator in the fifteenth adjudication registered by the KLRCA under the Malaysian Construction Industry Payment and Adjudication Act 2012 (CIPAA) and now regularly sits as an adjudicator. Thaya also sits as a mediator in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.