Noted for his strong advocacy and litigation skills as well as first-hand knowledge of Asia, he is most recently listed in the Euromoney's International Trade and Shipping Expert Guide 2015 as a leading practitioner in shipping and maritime. He is also recommended for international arbitration and shipping by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2015 and Chambers Asia Pacific 2015. Durai is also rated as a "Leading Lawyer" for dispute resolution and shipping, maritime and aviation" by the 2010 and 2011 editions of AsiaLaw Leading Lawyers. The Legal 500 Asia Pacific describes him as “efficient” and clients have commended him for being “very thorough” and “insightful and excellent”.
Durai’s practice covers issues surrounding offshore exploration, drilling, construction and production projects, shipping, casualties and incidents, shipbuilding and conversions and commodities. His practice also extends to regulatory and compliance matters in shipping including dealing with sanctions, export controls, dawn raid, corruption and anticompetitive behaviour.
Durai is called both to the UK and Singapore Bar and has appeared as lead counsel before the Supreme Court of Singapore and arbitration tribunals on numerous occasions. He is a qualified arbitrator and a fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators and an accredited mediator with the Singapore Mediation Centre.
"He is phenomenal - very fast, very commercial and very focused."
Chambers Global 2015