Gengadharan Nair Lawyer

Justice Datuk K.P. Gengadharan Nair is a Malaysian High Court judge and prior to that a prominent lawyer specializing in industrial law. Genga, as he was known to all, was born on April 30, 1944 in Kuala Lumpur. He was one of three children born to C.R. Nair and Lakshmi Kutty Amma. As many from his generation who became lawyers, Genga was first a school teacher, trained at Brinsford Lodge in Liverpool and on his return, served in a number of schools, including the prestigious Victoria Institution in Kuala Lumpur. He quickly became active in union activities. In 1968, he quit teaching and left for London to read law at the Inner Temple. He was called to the bar after securing a Second Class degree in his first attempt at the Bar examinations. On his return to Malaysia in 1972, Genga did his pupilage at the law firm of Xavier and Vadiveloo, a firm specializing in industrial law. With the late D.P. Xavier as his mentor, Genga established himself as an expert in industrial law. In all his years in practice, Genga only represented trade unions and the employees, eschewing the more lucrative briefs of employers and employer associations.

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