• csylegal.kk@gmail.com


  • 088-258 733




Advocates & Solicitors

About Us

CSY is a boutique law firm set up in 2012 by its founding partner Yang Arif Datuk Christopher Chin Soo Yin, JP (now retired from private practice and has since embarked on a career as a member of the judiciary). The firm is helmed by a team of lawyers focusing primarily in Real Estate, Banking & Finance and Corporate work. The firm has acted for a vast range of clientele including government agencies, statutory bodies, banks, financial institutions, property developers, private companies, public listed companies, local and foreign investors and individuals.

The team in CSY is passionate and committed to their work and constantly engage with clients in their business operations to meet the increasing and diverse needs of the industry.

CSY strives to provide quality legal services and pragmatic solutions to clients whilst maintaining ethical values and principles.




Practices & Expertise

Our areas of practices and expertise cover a wide range of legal services that include:

We advise local and foreign investors (companies and individuals), property developers, financiers, government-linked companies, government departments and statutory bodies across all asset classes including:

  • residential, commercial, retail malls, hospitality & leisure, industrial – including joint development ventures;
  • mixed-use, high-rise or phased developments.

We also advise property developers on conceptual issues at the planning stage in association with other consultants of property development. Clients turn to our team for the breadth and depth of our advice and expertise throughout the phases of an asset lifecycle, in particular the provision of our seamless integrated service from acquisition, planning, financing, construction and the management of property development and building.

Our team of lawyers are well versed with the local government laws on planning matters and has advised on the procedures for adoption of an approved scheme* in Sabah.

*Tanjung Aru Eco Development Approved Scheme is the only existing approved scheme in Sabah as at 11 August 2020.

Our team handles dedicated conveyancing briefs with special emphasis on land matters in Sabah. As land matters fall under the State jurisdiction in the Federal Constitution of Malaysia, Sabah has its own Land Ordinance (Cap.68) and other prevailing legislations applicable only in Sabah.

We provide legal advice on all types of dealings in land including:

  • acquisition and disposal of land;
  • conversion of land use;
  • subdivision of land;
  • extension of land tenure;
  • leasing and tenancy;
  • land acquisition and right of way;
  • natural resources such as reserves and open space.

We assist developers in drafting principal agreements for various complex property developments and have wide experience in sub-sale real estate transactions.

Our team also advises investors in joint ventures and acquisition of land from the government or statutory bodies.

Clients turn to us for practical and legal solutions on issues arising from management of buildings, in particular complex developments such as high-rise, mixed-use and phased developments as well as gated communities.

Our team is also engaged by property developers and management corporations to conduct annual general meetings of management corporations and to provide legal advice in the preparation leading to the annual general meeting.

We have legal insights and understand the problems and issues faced in the management of buildings. One of our partners is the principal drafter of a new legislation in Sabah governing the management of building in subsidiary titled developments under the purview of the State Attorney-General Chambers.

We provide end to end legal services ranging from bridging financing granted by banks and financial institutions to developers and end financing obtained by end purchasers for under-construction and completed projects.

We also advise on a wide range of Islamic and conventional banking matters (in local and foreign currencies) involving different types and class of collaterals including but not limited to real estate, guarantees, debentures.

Our lawyers advise on various corporate matters and in particular:

  • Commercial contracts;
  • Company laws, shareholders’ and directors’ responsibilities, incorporation of companies;
  • Share sale, transfer of assets;
  • Joint ventures, restructuring, mergers and acquisition.

It is often a taboo to discuss about the prospect of making a will. With a will in place, our clients are reassured that they have certainty as to what will happen to the family and their assets in the future. Our lawyers assist to structure your wills and trusts according to your particular needs and objectives.

Conservation of wildlife and preservation of environment has a special place in our heart. Our lawyers assist charitable organisations and statutory bodies in various matters, amongst others, the drafting of:

  • rules governing activities in a recently gazetted marine park in the North of Borneo;
  • sale and purchase agreements for the purchase of lands to allow connectivity of forest reserves;
  • agreement between the Sabah Wildlife Department and palm oil companies to allow increased connectivity of wildlife corridor and regulation of activities on site to reduce human-elephant conflict.

We contribute solutions and advice to our client in specialised areas including healthcare and hospitality. Our lawyers are able to offer tailored, professional advice that you require to conduct your business and affairs in Sabah.

Our People

Lo Pui Lai, Sophia

Chua Chinn Yuan

Chua Chinn Harn

Resources & Insights

Contact Us

Lot No. I-53A-3, 3rd Floor, Block I,
KK Times Square, Off Coastal Highway
88100 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Email: csylegal.kk@gmail.com
Phone: 088-258733 / 088-253733
Fax: 088-262733

Working Hours:
Monday to Friday – 8:30am to 4:30pm
(Lunch hour – 12:30noon to 1:30pm)
Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays – Closed


Directions within KK Times Square
Our office is located at the same row as Astro, facing Riverson Walk. You will see CSY’s signboard on the ground floor, our office is on the 3rd floor.

Career With Us
If you would like to join us, please send in your CV and cover letter to our HR email at csylegal.hr@gmail.com