Chau Ee was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1995 and the Singapore Bar in 1996.
Since qualification, Chau Ee has specialised in international dispute resolution including cross border litigation and international arbitration, alternative forms of dispute resolution (such as statutory and ad-hoc adjudication, conciliation, mediation, expert determination and dispute adjudication board), with a particular emphasis on construction and engineering, having lived and worked initially in Singapore, then London, Dubai and most recently, Beijing.
Chau Ee has a cradle to grave international construction and engineering transactional, advisory and dispute resolution practice advising clients from conception, inception to completion of a project life cycle. Besides a law degree, he also has 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.
Chau Ee is well versed in Asian and Western law firm language and culture with an impressive range of cultural law firm experience at partner level:
- as an international partner of King & Wood Mallesons (KWM), he was most recently a Beijing based partner of Red Circle Chinese firm King & Wood and when he was based in KWM's Singapore office, a partner of Big Six Australian firm Mallesons;
- prior to that, a Singapore citizen he was a director in Big Four Singapore law firm Drew & Napier LLC's market leading Dispute Resolution practice as its head of Construction & Engineering group; and
- earlier in his career, he was a Europe Middle East Asia (EMEA) London and Dubai partner of a US global law firm (that had a transatlantic merger with a leading London headquartered law firm) where he held administrative, management and leadership roles including office managing partner, head of practice and member of the global leadership team as well as being one of the founding members of that firm's Dubai office.
Chau Ee is now based in our Singapore office and he acts for clients in international construction, energy and infrastructure projects with a particular emphasis on dispute avoidance involving issues arising out of the entire project life cycle, and international arbitration seated in Singapore, Dubai and London among other jurisdictions.
Chau Ee is the current Chairman of the Society of Construction Law (Singapore).