Our Partners

Chavalit Uttasart

Managing Partner

Telephone +66 2 126 9130 Email c.uttasart@nishimura.com

Chavalit Uttasart is Managing and Founding Partner of SCL Law Group (“SCl”). Before establishing the Group in 2005, he was a partner at International Legal Counsellors Thailand Ltd. (ILCT) (Russin&Vecchi). As head of SCL, Chavalit Uttasart actively oversees all practices and service areas, as well as events and activities for SCL.

Practice Areas

Intellectual Property Information Technology Law Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) Foreign Investment International Trade Corporate Recovery

Languages

Thai and English

1976: Barrister-at-Law, the Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn, London, England, UK
1971: Barrister-at-Law, Institute of Legal Education, Thai Bar Association
1970: LLB (Honours), Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand

A longtime legal practitioner who is recognised by Chambers Asia 2011 Edition as being “highly talented and respected in the IP community, managing partner Chavalit Uttasart has a distinguished profile in the field. His expertise includes M&A, e-commerce, telecommunications and corporate law”. He is also a recommended dispute resolution lawyer in the PLC Cross-border Dispute Resolution Handbook (Which Lawyer?), is “highly recommended for contentious work” by Legal 500 Asia Pacific and is considered a leading individual in the Thai intellectual property industry.

With over thirty years’ experience, his areas of specialisation include intellectual property, information technology, e-commerce, telecommunications and corporate law; as well as cases involving trade competition, corporate recovery and business reorganisation, foreign investment and mergers & acquisitions.

Not limited to just Thailand, with Myanmar opening its doors to foreign investors, Chavalit Uttasart has been involved in negotiating, structuring, documenting and managing large and important projects in Myanmar. These projects have often been sensitive and complex to say the least. Thus, he has substantial hands on experience in Myanmar.

Recent relevant transactions of significance include:

• Advising a large publically listed company on the purchase/financing from a conglomerate of local and international banks relating to: a cement factory with the investment budget of Baht 10 billion; a power plant that uses waste as a raw material and a power plant that receives waste heat from the cement factory (with the investment budget of Baht 4 billion in total); and a fiber-cement factory with the total investment value of the project being over Baht 10 billion.

• The expansion of a renowned international wholesaler, both in Thailand and Myanmar, involving an estimated investment of more than USD 1 billion.

• Broadcasting & media: advises clients in relation to the digital television broadcasting licence, television broadcasting licence and telecommunications licence; as well as disputes relating to broadcasting and telecommunications law.

• Representing a renowned bank, as the creditor, for a business reorganisation case relating to two debtors; of which debt amounted to approximately USD 205 million in total.

• Advising the leading container terminal operator at a port in Thailand relating to the protection of confidential information and trade secrets; as well as disputes relating to administrative law and the Official Information Act.

• Representing one of the largest hospitality, restaurant operator and luxury brand retailers to file an arbitration case; claiming damages on the amount of approximately Baht 70 million. Moreover, he represented the company in taking legal action against the wrongdoer on the grounds of malicious prosecution for the criminal case.

• Representing a client in a matrimonial dispute involving assets of over USD 1.5 billion.

Pro Bono and Other Activities

Part-time lecturer at:

• 2005 – present: BangkokUniversity
• 2005 – 2008: Eastern Asia University
• 2003 – present: Institute of Legal Education of Thai Bar Association
• 2002 – 2005: Assumption University
• 1981 – 2000: Chulalongkorn University
• 1981 – present: Thammasat University
• 1979 – present: Ramkhamhaeng University

• Thai Bar Association
• Lawyers Council of Thailand
• The Asian Patent Attorneys Association (APAA)
• Intellectual Property Association of Thailand (IPAT)
• Association Internationale pour la Protection de la Propriete Industrielle (AIPPI)
• International Trademark Association (INTA)
• ASEAN Law Association
• The Law Association for Asia and the Western Pacific (LAWASIA)
• The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn

Vira Kammee

Partner

Telephone +66 2 126 9131 Email v.kammee@nishimura.com

Vira Kammee is a founding partner of SCL Law Group. Prior to the group’s establishment, he was a partner and member of the Litigation & Arbitration Department at International Legal Counsellors Thailand Ltd. (ILCT) (Russin&Vecchi).

Practice Areas

Litigation & Arbitration

Languages

Thai and English

1988: Certificate, International and Comparative Law Centre, The Southwest legal Foundation, Dallas, Texas, USA
1980: Barrister-at-Law, Institute of Legal Education, Thai Bar Association
1979: LLB, Thammasat University, Bangkok, Thailand
1973: Diploma in Economics, Putney College, London, England, UK

Vira Kammee is a leading litigator with a broad practice encompassing criminal, civil, administrative, bankruptcy and business re-organisation, corporate, banking & finance, as well as real estate development and construction for various corporate clients. Over more than three decades of practice, he has also advocated on matters such as labour, administrative, intellectual property, civil and criminal laws. He appears frequently in the Court of Justice and the Administrative Court as lead counsel, and he has represented many local and foreign institutions in corporate and commercial dispute resolution matters. In addition to practicing law, Vira Kammee has gained considerable experience in teaching law students and supervising lawyers of the firm.

Vira Kammee combines dispute work with advisory work in relation to very complex real estate transactions. Recent experience includes representing a major public rubber company in relation to a marine insurance claim, with the decision going in favour of our client; a litigation case, dealing with a renowned international warehouse company and another big local warehouse company on administrative cases; acquisition of property litigation; litigation in relation to business reorganisation matters in Thailand, which was ongoing for over a decade; civil dispute relating to breach of contract; tortious claims and criminal actions in relation to corporate misconduct; security fraud in dissolving a joint venture; and countless labour disputes. Over the years, Vira Kammee has been regarded as a leading authority in the litigation process, and he has set precedents for matters in The Supreme Court of Thailand.

With vast experience in his field, Vira Kammee is often invited as a speaker at conferences, both in Thailand and abroad, in the areas of business reorganisation relating to cross-border joint venture transactions; compliance with the Foreign Business Act; as well as real estate and dispute resolution. Vira Kammee’s local expertise has contributed greatly to the legal development in the areas of litigation and real estate matters in Thailand over the last three decades.

Pro Bono and Other Activities

In conjunction with his legal practice, Vira Kammee was also a lecturer at the Institute of Advocacy Training of the Lawyers Council of Thailand and at the Faculty of Law, Bangkok University; and a Permanent Honorary Advisor to the House of Senate Committee of Education and Sport. 

With this vast experience in the legal field, it is only natural that Vira Kammee was appointed by the chairmen of various committees to be on such committees, i.e. Committee of the House of Representatives (HR); Sub-committee for People Involvement in Media; and Political and Sub-committee of the House of Senate (HS) for Sports and Education. He was Chairman of the Committee for the LAW Magazine of the Thammasat University Law Association and Chairman of the Legal Standing Committee of the Football Association of Thailand (FAT). Currently, he is on the Appeals Committee of the Thai Premier League (TPL), a private and the sole authorised organisation for FAT professional competitions.

  • Thai Bar Association 
  • Lawyers Council of Thailand 
  • LAWASIA 
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, UK 
  • The Southwestern Legal Foundation 
  • The American Chamber of Commerce in Thailand 
  • The British Chamber of Commerce in Thailand 
  • Thai-Canadian Chamber of Commerce

Nilobon Tangprasit

Partner

Telephone +66 2 126 9133 Email n.tangprasit@nishimura.com

Nilobon Tangprasit is one of the founding partners of SCL Law Group (formerly known as Chavalit Law Group). Prior to the group’s establishment, she was a partner and member of the Corporate & Commercial Practice Group of International Legal Counsellors Thailand Ltd. (ILCT) (Russin & Vecchi). Her previous professional experience includes a three year period as an in-house lawyer with B. Grimm & Co., on top of successful stints with Siam Yamaha Co., Ltd. and Coopers & Lybrand Associates Ltd.

Practice Areas

Corporate & Commercial

Languages

Thai and English

1998: LLM, Temple University, School of Law, Philadelphia, USA 
1997: Certificate, Attorney Assistance Training Program (Litigation/Corporation) UCLA Extension, School of Law, Los Angeles, USA 
1983: Barrister-at-Law, Institute of Legal Education, Thai Bar Association 
1981: LLB (Honours), Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand

Nilobon Tangprasit is a well-renowned corporate attorney within the Thai legal industry and has headed the Corporate Practice Group of SCL Group since its inception. In a career that has spanned more than 25 years, she has gained extensive expertise in advising and assisting international and Thai corporations, both in the private and public sectors, in the areas of business organisation and structure, foreign business law, investment law, joint ventures, dissolution and liquidation, corporate recovery, M&A, taxes, exchange control laws, share sales and purchases, public offerings and listing and delisting from the Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET). In addition, Nilobon Tangprasit also has vast litigation and alternative dispute resolution (ADR) experience involving general commercial and corporate matters.
Pro Bono and Other Activities

• 2013: Summer Legal Training (Business Law), Legal Clinic, Development and Legal Research Centre, Faculty of Law, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand
• 2011: Summer Legal Training (Business Law), Legal Clinic, Development and Legal Research Centre, Faculty of Law, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand
• 2004-2006: Legal Training Programme, Legal Clinic, Development and Legal Research Centre, Faculty of Law, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand
• 2001-2004: MBA Programme, Faculty of Business Administration, Kasetsart University, Bangkok, Thailand; and the National Defence Studies Institute, Thailand (joint arrangement)
• 1999: MBA Programme, Faculty of Business Administration, Kasetsart University, Bangkok, Thailand

• Thai Bar Association
• Lawyers Council of Thailand
• Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK)
• Institute of Legal Education (ordinary member)

Our Professionals

Jane Ria Haddow

Outsourced Legal Consultant

Telephone +66 32 522237 73

Practice Areas

Real Estate & Property, Companies, Will and Administration of Estates

Languages

English

Jane Haddow joined the SCL Law Group (formerly known as Chavalit Law Group) in 1998 and before being  appointed an Outsourced Legal Consultant managed the Hua Hin Office until 2019.
1982 LLB – University of Birmingham

Jane Haddow is an Outsourced Legal Consultant for the SCL Law Group.   She has extensive consulting and working experience on all aspects of property transactions, including leases, land, houses, condominiums and company matters together with Prenuptial Agreements, Wills and administration procedures for estates in Thailand. Jane has continuously worked for the SCL Law Group since 1998.

Prior to moving to Thailand Jane Haddow used to practice family law, wills and probate in England and Wales.

Jutinun Srijarassamran

Lawyer

Telephone +66 0 32 522237-73 Email j.srijarassamran@nishimura.com

Jutinun Srijarassamran joined Chavalit and Partners Limited in 2011 as a part of the Commercial Real Estate Practice Group

Practice Areas

Real Estate & Property Law

Languages

Thai and English

2011: Barrister-at-Law, Institute of Legal Education, Thai Bar Association
2010: LLB Thammasat University, Bangkok, Thailand

Juninun Srijarassamran is a lawyer specialising in real estate and property law at Chavalit and Partners Limited Law Offices, Hua Hin, Thailand. Her practice predominantly focuses on land and property law, including property due diligence; acquisitions, disposals and leases; as well as dealing with government officials. Juninun also deals with company related issues.

  • Thai Bar Association 
  • Lawyers Council of Thailand

Amita Kullaphan

Lawyer

Telephone +66 (0) 32 522237-73  Email a.kullaphan@nishimura.com

Amita Kullaphan first joined Chavalit and Partners Limited in 2006. She temporarily left in 2011 to pursue postgraduate studies in the field of Tax Law at Thammasat University, where she received an award for ranking as the top student in her field. She immediately rejoined Chavalit and Partners Limited, Hua Hin, upon completing her masters in 2014.

Practice Areas

Real Estate & Property Law

Languages

Thai and English

2014: LLM in Tax Law, Thammasat University, Bangkok, Thailand, focusing her field of study on assisting clients with national and local tax, and regulation matters, as well as property law
2013: Certificate from the School of Tax, Thailand, for completing the course on Tax Management for Entrepreneurs and Tax & Business Planning for AEC
2004: LLB Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand

Amita Kullaphan is a lawyer specialising in real estate and property law at Chavalit and Partners Limited, Hua Hin. She has experience in commercial real estate, focusing primarily on commercial real estate transactions, including acquisitions, disposition and leasing of residential developments.

She has represented both juristic and individual sellers, buyers, landlords and tenants, both domestic and international, in connection with an extensive range of contracts, including purchase and sale agreements, leases, real estate development agreements, option agreements and maintenance agreements.

Additionally, Amita advises clients and provides practical planning services with respect to various national and local tax issues and rulings, with an emphasis on tax issues associated with real estate and contractor businesses. She also has experience representing clients in disputes with revenue departments at both administrative and judicial levels.

Prior to joining Chavalit and Partners Limited, Hua Hin, she was an in house counsel at The Cooperative League of Thailand.

• Thai Bar Association
• Lawyers Council of Thailand

What We Do For You

Real Estate

Our experienced team of lawyers provide the full range of services in connection with a purchase or sale of land, house or condominium either by an individual or company which extends to the full range and scale of real estate matters, including assisting clients in acquisition, disposal, lease, usufruct, right of servitude, mortgage and development planning for private and commercial properties. We have many Clients, both domestic and international, who value our expertise and professionalism.

The services we provide include:

Due Diligence: This should be conducted at the outset of any purchase and prior to signing of agreements to ensure that a Seller has correct and legal title to transfer the property.
Acquisition and Disposal: Buying and selling residential and commercial property in Thailand, and providing advice in respect thereof.

Real Estate Leasing: We provide advice and leasing agreements on all aspects of residential and commercial leasing.
Registration and Transfer: We will attend at the Land Office to ensure correct transfer and registration of property.
Development Planning: Providing advice on planning a new development or project, including land acquisition and structuring of the development or project.

Usufruct, mortgage, right of servitude: We will provide advice on any such aspect if required and proceed to registration at the Land Office.

As part of our overall service we provide sound, practical and up to date legal advice on all relevant and important legal matters. We also work closely with our local government contacts to ensure that we get the job done in a safe and secure manner.

Administration of Estates

Upon death, an application by way of a Motion should be made to the Court to either appoint an Administrator if the estate is intestate or appoint the Administrator named in the Will of the deceased. 

Our dedicated team of lawyers can assist in advising on the documents required to be submitted to the Court, submit the application and accompanying papers to the Court, and then attend with you at Court on the appointed Court date. 

Following the granting of the Order for Administration by the Court we can continue to provide invaluable assistance to the Administrator to enable the terms of the Will to be carried out in accordance with the wishes of the deceased. 

Visa & Work Permit

We assist clients in applying for visas and work permits.

Pre-Nuptial Agreements

A pre-nuptial agreement protects the assets of individual spouses on separation/divorce and should be registered at the same time as the marriage.

We can provide sound and practical advice on the structuring of pre-nuptial agreements dependent on individual requirements.

If required, one of our Thai lawyers can accompany you to lodge the pre-nuptial agreement on the date of registration of the marriage to ensure that the agreement is accepted and properly recorded.

Companies and Transfer of Shares

We can provide expert advice on the forming of Thai companies, transfer of company shares and directorships pursuant to the relevant rules and regulations prevailing.

As part of our overall process on transfer of shares in a company, we will conduct due diligence on the company and any property owned by the company to ensure that the company has all paperwork and documents as required by the Civil and Commercial Code of Thailand, all company assets are properly recorded in the balance sheet and all company taxes have been paid.

Formation of Juristic Person

The formation of a Juristic Person is a complex, lengthy and drawn out procedure requiring the knowledge and expertise of professionals who understand all the legal requirements.

Our experienced team of lawyers are able to advise on every aspect and assist in forming a Juristic Person.

Estate Planning & Wills

Proper estate planning is not just important in your home country, but also in Thailand. From the cradle onwards we are encouraged to plan ahead, and it makes sense, to ensure that the assets you have worked hard for during your life time are to be inherited by those you think are deserving of them and not distributed under the Intestacy Rules.

If assets are purchased in joint names in Thailand, then the share of each owner does not automatically pass to the survivor/s. For example, if you die in Thailand without a Will, then your spouse is automatically entitled to only half of the marital property and the highest ranked statutory heirs – relatives of the deceased are eligible to inherit from you the remaining half of the estate equally.

Although the Court in Thailand can be asked to prove a Will drawn up outside of Thailand, there is no guarantee that this document will be approved by the Court, if the Court perhaps considers it contrary to Thai policy.

It is therefore important for a Will to be correctly and legally drawn up to safe guard your interests and investments in Thailand. Our experienced team of lawyers can give sound advice on the structuring of your Will dependent on individual requirements.

Notarial Services

Ms Amita Kullaphan, who is one of our Thai lawyers, is also a qualified Notary Public. She is able to undertake all notarial services.

Free First 30 Minute Consultation

Contact us now at +66 (0)32 522 237 / 522 273 or enquiry.sclncp@nishimura.com

You can also request a consultation using this contact form on this page.

Exceptional Vision
wise & effective legal advice

As Australian expats new to Thailand, it was important for us to engage legal advisers who understood both our needs as well as being equipped with the knowledge of the Thai legal system. To this end, we have been happy with the experience provided by Chavalit and Partners.

James McKaughan and Andrew Rowley-Bates – Australia

We were very pleased with your services and the help you offered us when we purchased the house in Samroiyod. The cooperation, explanations we received from your company were great, clear and perfect. We will really recommend your services to other people. No doubt about it. Thank you.

Agnes Gillain - Samroiyod, Prachuab Kirikhan, Thailand

I have used the services of Chavalit and partners for many years now in selling and purchasing property and I always found them to offer a prompt, reliable and exceptional service.

G. W. Broertjes - Hua Hin

Jane has been extremely helpful with her professional assistance and her personal advice. She has aided us in full compliance to our individual requirements through complicated sales and purchase contracts for our property in Thailand. Thai laws and regulation were unknown to us and we would have been lost without her vast knowledge and experience.

We have given her and her partners our full trust and have been rewarded with fast and best results.

Juergen V. Raesfeld – Hong Kong

Chavalit and Partners is a law firm I can personally highly recommend. Not only did the Management and staff give me great support when I originally bought a property  in Hua Hin 10 years ago but throughout the years until this very moment when asking for assistance and advice my issues are treated in a professional and competent manner. It’s more than customer friendly – it’s very personal and I feel safe.

Rene Zuercher – Hong Kong

Jane Haddow and her colleagues at Chavalit and Partners assisted us with our real estate purchases. They are very professional and knowledgeable. They always respond promptly to our queries and kept us informed at every step. They do excellent work and we would certainly recommend them.

Piet and Anne Marie Bekaert - Belgium

Chavalit and Partners have acted for us in forming a company, purchase of a house and the eventual sale of the property in Hua Hin.  As expats we were looking for sound legal advice to protect our interests.  We were given thorough and clear explanations throughout which resulted in seamless transactions to our complete satisfaction.  We would have no hesitation in recommending the excellent services of Chavalit and Partners.

Denise and David Cumberland - Malaysia

My wife, Chutima, and I had been looking to buy a home in Hua Hin last year, and by the time we had found one, the COVID pandemic was in full swing.  This meant that we would have to do everything entailed in the purchase from half a world away.   We decided we needed legal assistance on the ground in Hua Hin to protect our interests and, based on recommendations, chose Jane Haddow at Chavalit and Partners.  It was an excellent decision.  Jane and Khun Jutinun were extremely helpful throughout the process, explaining to us the ins and outs of Thai real estate transactions, preparing reservation agreement and multiple drafts of the Purchase Share Agreement until it met both our requirements and those of the seller.  They walked us through all the steps of the closing and when some disagreements arose about some of them, they were able to resolve them satisfactorily, especially due to the care with which they had crafted the actual Purchase Share Agreement.  They replied promptly and comprehensively to all our questions.  With their assistance, the process went more smoothly than could be anticipated. We cannot recommend them highly enough and will certainly engage them in the future should we need legal assistance.

Fred Hoffmann - Massachusetts, USA

SCL Nishimura provided excellent service for a legal problem I had no way of personally extracting myself from. One which would have left me as an illegal worker in Thailand despite fulfilling every requirement.  They were able to lean on the correct people and make them show the way forward, even though they had been uncooperative before. I would have had to leave Thailand in the middle of the Covid Pandemic if it hadn't been for them.

Alan - Hua Hin

I was looking for legal support for selling my pool villa in Hua Hin as it lost its purpose with the travel ban and the decreasing lease market due to COVID-19. Very important to work with trustworthy legal support as the sale needed to be done from Europe through POA without any possibility for me for travel to Hua Hin which was rather stressful. I am very happy to have contacted SCL for the sale. My many questions were always addressed very swiftly, patiently and professionally. SCL took care of all proceedings with realtor, buyer’s lawyer and land office. As a result, the sale went very fast and smoothly. Even the credit to my euro account in Europe was fully processed by SCL. Thank you very much to the whole team!

Koen - Belgium

I have purchased 2 properties through SCL NISHIMURA C&P COMPANY LIMITED and have also sold one property through them.  I was delighted with the efficiency of the company and reassured by their professionalism in all matters regarding sale & purchase.  They removed any stress from the transactions by acting as my Power of Attorney so even though I was unable to be physically present, all paperwork and registration went through smoothly.

Jane Hutton

I would certainly recommend SCL Nishimura C&P Ltd and the wonderful Jane Haddow and her team who worked in a very professional manner to complete on the sale of our Villa during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Mark Vaughn - Chester, UK

We have been dealing with Nishimura C&P Company (ex Chavalit and partners) since 2008 when we bought a property in Hua Hin. We sold it in 2021. During all that time when we had the property, we truly appreciated, the professionalism at all levels, the reactivity to resolve any issues in a short space of time, the diplomacy with all the interferents. We thank them so much for their excellent work, kindness and concerns.

Dante Rufenacht

I and my wife have been living in Hua Hin for more than 15 years. At three different occasions we have worked close together with SCL: selling & buying homes and making wills. We have got highly professional legal support and advices. We give them our absolute best recommendations.

Ulf Sjunnesson - Sea Breeze Villas, Hua Hin

Très  bon service  juridique  encore  merci  pour vôtre efficacité lors de l acquisition  de ma maison  à Huahin.  

Didier Melet - France

We would like to express our sincere appreciation for the legal services that your Law Firm provided to us in conjunction with our real estate purchases and sales contracts.

Your guidance and expertise were invaluable in completing our real estate transactions successfully when we either purchased or sold a home. You even helped us recover a down payment that we made on a Condo which were forced to cancel due to us moving back to the USA.

We could not be more satisfied and are very fortunate to have been introduced to you and your Law Firm by our Real Estate Broker. We found someone that we could trust and rely upon getting the best service.

You may use our name anytime a prospective client would like to inquiry about your services and professionalism.

 Nawaporn and Urs Kaelin - Hua Hin

Contact us now at +66 (0) 32 522 237 /  522 273  |  enquiry.sclncp@nishimura.com