Kamilah is the Head of the Firm’s Projects unit under the Projects & International Arbitration department and also heads the Energy, Infrastructure & Projects practice in the Firm. Her areas of practice include contentious and non-contentious matters relating to infrastructure projects in Asia.

Kamilah practises as a dispute resolution lawyer and has been involved in various dispute cases with a focus on large complex engineering and energy projects.

Kamilah also has considerable experience providing advice on the privatisation of public sector businesses as well as on infrastructure development by the private sector, in partnership with the public sector or otherwise. Kamilah has negotiated and drafted many agreements including concession, power purchase, and construction and engineering contracts. She has also handled related documents under various contracting arrangements for infrastructure projects including airports, ports, land transportations (highway, monorail, double track electrified rail, and mass rapid transit), power plants (gas-fired, coal-fired, combined cycle gas turbine, solar power and hydro-electric), petrochemical plants, and buildings in the region.

Kamilah won the "Woman Lawyer of the Year" award at the prestigious Asian Legal Business (ALB) Malaysia Law Awards 2023. She is also ranked as a Leading Individual and is inducted in the Hall of Fame for Projects and Energy and Real Estate and Construction in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific where a client comments that she is "very knowledgeable and experienced with projects and arbitration-related matters" and that "she is very precise on whether the matter at hand is a contractual issue or a commercial call for management to make".

In IFLR1000, she is recognised as the Market Leader for Project Development and one of the Women Leaders in the field where a client attests that "she is trustworthy, conscientious and courageous because she does not simply change her legal opinion to please stakeholders' discretion or sit on the fence. This is helpful to ensure the objective and that all parties' interests will be taken care of". In Chambers Asia-Pacific, she is ranked Band 1 for Projects, Infrastructure & Energy. According to a client, Kamilah is "very knowledgeable in construction contract law. She provides good legal review and solutions without sitting on the fence."

Prior to joining Rahmat Lim & Partners in 2013, Kamilah was a Partner at another large Singapore law firm and was concurrently the co-Principal Partner of its associate Malaysian law firm.

Kamilah is concurrently a partner in Allen & Gledhill, the Firm’s associate firm in Singapore.To read more about her practice in Singapore, please click here.

Work Highlights

  • Advising Malaysian Rail Link Berhad on the contract administration of the EPC Contract for the ECRL Project, which is a 640km railway link connecting different parts of the East coast region with the West coast region in Malaysia. ECRL is the biggest economic and trade project between China and Malaysia and has an estimated construction cost of RM55 billion (for Phase 1 and Phase 2).
  • Advising MRT Lingkaran Sdn Bhd and reviewing and drafting various agreements in relation to the design, construction and completion of the MRT 3 project including the project management consultancy services agreement. This deal was awarded the Energy and Infrastructure Deal of the Year award at the ALB Malaysia Law Awards 2023.
  • Advising, drafting and reviewing project documents for a client in respect of the Nitrile Butadine Latex Plant in Pengerang, Johor including the Terminal Usage Agreement, the Butadiene Sale and Purchase Agreement, the Centralised Emergency and Fire Services Agreement, the Site Services Agreements, the Nitrogen Supply Agreement and the Utility Supply Agreements (Electricity and Steam, Water, Air and Fuel Gas).