Chau Ee was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1995 and the Singapore Bar in 1996.
Prior to joining Addleshaw Goddard and since qualification, Chau Ee has specialised as a construction and engineering lawyer.
Besides a law degree, Chau Ee also possesses an MSc in Construction Management (Project Management).
Chau Ee was most recently a Beijing based partner of the Chinese partnership (and when he was based in Singapore, a Mallesons’ partner) of King & Wood Mallesons. Prior to that, as director of Singapore “Big Four” law firm Drew & Napier LLC, he headed up its construction and engineering practice (having started out as a trainee in that team in 1995).
Earlier in his career, Chau Ee spent a decade based in London and Dubai. During this time, he held administrative, management and leadership roles including office managing partner, head of practice and member of the global leadership team at US global law firm Reed Smith as well as being one of the founding members of that firm's Dubai office.
Chau Ee has a cradle to grave international construction, energy and infrastructure practice, having lived and worked in London, Dubai and Beijing. He advises and acts for clients from conception, inception to completion of a project life cycle across key construction sectors, with a particular focus on energy, covering power (conventional and renewables), oil and gas and utilities, and infrastructure projects in jurisdictions such as Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, People's Republic of China, Republic of China, Oman, UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Egypt, Afghanistan, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and the UK.
Chau Ee has drafted and negotiated contracts (concession agreements, EPC contracts including under a BOT/DBO-type project delivery, O&M contracts, off-take agreements, development agreements, and bespoke/amended forms of construction and engineering contracts including using and adopting various internationally recognised standard forms such as FIDIC, ICE, NEC and JCT) with parties up and down the supply chain.
Chau Ee has advised on the contractual and communication links of various procurement modes such as partnering, including the implementation of a two-stage early contractor involvement. He has also advised on technical and operational issues concerning the selection of an appropriate pricing mechanism including the cost-reimbursable method (cost-plus or target price with GMP slant), risk management issues and the adoption of appropriate mitigation strategies during the project life cycle.
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 also has an international dispute avoidance, dispute resolution and international arbitration practice advising and acting for clients such as government-owned investment enterprises and diversified conglomerates, quasi-government agencies and multinational corporations on the Belt and Road Initiative in relation to issues arising from their investment across a broad spectrum of business sectors, mainly in transportation and industrials, and energy and natural resources.
For more than a decade, Chau Ee has been recognised as a leading construction and engineering lawyer in leading international legal directories such as Who’s Who Legal in Construction and Euromoney’s Guide to World’s Leading Experts in Construction in Singapore, Dubai and Beijing.
Chau Ee is Vice Chairman, Society of Construction Law (Singapore).