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Jia Wei Lee

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Jia Wei has a broad and varied commercial practice. He is comfortable working both as part of large teams, or in his own right.

Notable recent instructions include:

  • Acting (as part of a counsel team) in an LCIA arbitration for a client seeking damages of several hundred million pounds, arising from breaches of contract pertaining to the operation and ownership of a mine.
  • Drafting proceedings alleging, inter alia, 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.
  • Preparing witness evidence in a derivative claim against the directors of a company, alleging unconscionable receipt of profit at the company’s expense, and to rescind the transfer of a hotel to a separate company controlled by said directors.
  • Advising in relation to the recoverability of various losses arising out of the breach of a services agreement between a defence services company and an IT service provider, in circumstances where said agreement contained a clause limiting the recovery of direct losses.
  • Acting successfully for the claimants in Dragon Associates Limited v Elevare London Limited, seeking repayment of fees owed in respect of services provided by a PR agency.
  • Acting successfully for the claimants in Peter Shakeshaft & Vin-X Limited v William Storey & Rich Energy Limited, concerning the scope of a director’s obligation to procure the transfer of his company’s shareholding to the claimants, and possible proprietary estoppels arising from representations to such effect.
  • (as a pupil) Assisting James Bailey QC in obtaining a freezing injunction against a travel agent in a claim for dishonest assistance and knowing receipt.
  • (as a pupil) Assisting James Bailey QC in resisting an application for a declaration that the English High Court did not have jurisdiction over a partnership dispute.
  • (as a pupil) Assisting John Wardell QC and Andrew Mold in a successful appeal before the Supreme Court in Takhar v Gracefield Developments [2019] UKSC 13. The Supreme Court’s agreed with the appellant that judgments tainted by fraud may be set aside even if the fraud could, with reasonable diligence, have been discovered prior to