Chau Ee Lee

Chau Ee Lee

Areas of practice

Since qualification, Chau Ee has specialised in dispute resolution including litigation and international arbitration, alternative forms of dispute resolution (such as statutory and ad-hoc adjudication, conciliation, mediation, expert determination and dispute adjudication board) and construction and engineering. 

Chau Ee has appeared as counsel, co-counsel and lead solicitor in domestic and international disputes under the auspices of international arbitral institutions (LCIA, ICC, SIAC, TAI, BANI, VIAC, DIAC, ADCCAC), 'ad-hoc' non-institutional arbitrations (UNCITRAL) and in construction industry-specific arbitration rules such as the UK’s Construction Industry Model Arbitration Rules (CIMAR).

Chau Ee has a ‘cradle-to-grave’ international construction and engineering practice advising clients from conception, inception to completion of a project life-cycle. His spread of knowledge, experience and expertise is across the key construction sectors, including energy, infrastructure, natural resources,  and offshore and marine, having worked on these projects in jurisdictions such as Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Greater China, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, Egypt, Afghanistan and the United Kingdom.

Chau Ee also has a thriving international dispute avoidance, dispute resolution and international arbitration practice acting for clients such as government-owned investment enterprises and diversified conglomerates, quasi-government agencies and multinational corporations in relation to issues arising from their investment across a broad spectrum of business sectors, mainly in financial services, transportation and industrials, real estate, and energy and resources in Europe and the Middle East North Africa region.   

Chau Ee has been consistently ranked as a leading lawyer and expert in Construction in leading international legal directories such as Who’s Who Legal in Construction, Euromoney’s Guide to World’s Leading Experts in Construction, Legal 500 Europe Middle East Africa, Legal 500 Asia Pacific, Chambers Global and Chambers Asia Pacific.

Work experience

Chau Ee joined the Singapore office of King & Wood Mallesons in 2016 and has been based out of its Beijing office since 2017, splitting his time between these two offices. 

Prior to that, for the majority of his career, Chau Ee worked in UK and US law firms, initially in Singapore, and thereafter in London and Dubai, before returning to Singapore in 2014. 

During this time, Chau Ee held administrative, leadership and management roles such as head of practice, office managing partner and member of the global leadership team, most recently in a US global law firm, where he was one of the founding members of its Dubai office.

Chau Ee was called to the English Bar in 1995 and the Singapore Bar in 1996.

Besides a law degree, Chau Ee also possesses an MSc in Construction Management (Project Management), which he attained via distance-learning. As part of his MSc requirements, he submitted a dissertation which evaluated the use of FIDIC’s 1999 Silver Book in major international infrastructure projects.

Having served as Chair of the Publications Committee for two years, he is now Vice-Chairman of the Society of Construction Law (Singapore). 


Legal insights

Certain FIDIC contracts involve “the Engineer”, who has a defined role to play including acting as the contract administrator, and sometimes as the arbiter of disputes.

11 December 2018

The project team in any international infrastructure project is quite often made up of a team of people coming from diversified backgrounds, customs, cultures and trained in different construction...

06 December 2018

China’s Belt and Road Initiative spans more than 70 countries, with an increasing number of international investors, lenders, developers and contractors involved.

19 November 2018

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