The original name of the firm was Othman Hashim Chen & Co. which was established in October 1983 by Othman Hashim (as he was then) and Peter Chen in Kuala Lumpur. Before venturing into legal Practise, Dato’ Othman Hashim had previously been a lecturer in ITM School of Law. The firm then concentrated on non-litigation work, focusing on conveyancing, banking and corporate advisory work.
The year 1988 saw a major change in the setup of the firm when Ting Kong Hock, then with 7 years’ experience in the insurance industry, was admitted as a partner. The firm began to gain a foothold in civil litigation work, especially in the insurance sector. A year later in early 1989, Abd Rahman Mahmood was invited to the partnership, bringing along with him considerable experience in the oil and gas industry, having served Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas) as a legal and secretarial officer for 7 years. The foundations were thus laid down for a structured development of the firm.