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Jia Wei Lee

Call: 2017   

+44 (0)20 7306 0102jweilee@wilberforce.co.uk

Practice Overview

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Jia Wei has a burgeoning commercial chancery practice, spanning Chambers’ main practice areas. His practice presently involves a wide range of both contentious and advisory work, and he is comfortable being instructed as part of a team, or in his own right.

Notable recent instructions include:

  • Takhar v Gracefield Developments Acting successfully for the claimant in long-running claim to set aside a judgment obtained in 2010 on the basis that judgment had been procured by fraud (with John Wardell QC).
  • Otello Corporation ASA v Moore Freres & Company LLC & ors (Chancery Division). Acting for the defendants in relation to consequential matters arising out of order appointing a receiver over shares pursuant to s996 of the Companies Act 2006 (with Nikki Singla QC).
  • Acting for the Pensions Regulator in a large-scale anti-avoidance proceedings, in which the Regulator sought contribution notices against targets in the UK and overseas (with Keith Rowley QC, Mark Arnold QC, Tom Robinson and Rebecca Zaman).
  • Acting in an LCIA arbitration concerning a copper mine (with Alan Gourgey QC and Bobby Friedman).
  • Acting in proceedings arising out of an abortive multi-million dollar development. Claimant is raising claims for, inter alia, breach of confidence, dishonest assistance and breach of fiduciary duty (with James Ayliffe QC).
  • Advised trustees of an employee benefit trust in relation to various proprietary claims that could be brought against HMRC to reclaim compound interest on overpaid tax (with Fenner Moeran QC).
  • Acting in unfair prejudice proceedings, in which the petitioners allege that the respondents froze them out of a care home business, and diverted business opportunities to other companies in their sole control (with Jack Watson).
  • Drafting proceedings alleging that senior employees of a design-and-build company had been paid bribes/secret commissions to falsely inflate invoices over the course of several years, and advising in relation to the parties’ disclosure obligations.
  • Drafting proceedings alleging a multi-million pound fraud arising out of various interrelated agreements for the purchase of shares in a Swedish public company.
  • Advising in relation to the builders’ and developers’ liability for corroded chilled water pipework in a multi-million pound development.

Jia Wei completed his undergraduate studies in law at Cambridge University, graduating in 2015 with a starred first-class degree. He was awarded a university prize for the best result in the Aspects of Obligations Tripos, as well as numerous college scholarships and prizes. Jia Wei also spent a year at The Queen’s College, Oxford, completing the BCL with distinction in 2016. He was awarded the Pump Court Tax Chambers Scholarship to support his graduate studies.

Before commencing pupillage, Jia Wei taught and examined undergraduate courses in property and trusts law at Cambridge and UCL.

Jia Wei is fluent in written and spoken Mandarin Chinese.