Paul Wee joins Essex Court Chambers

10 November, 2021

Members of Chambers are delighted to announce that Paul C K Wee has joined Essex Court Chambers from today, Wednesday 10 November 2021.

Paul specialises in commercial litigation, international commercial arbitration and investor-state arbitration. The directories describe him as “a real star”, “a standout senior junior” and “one of the best at the Bar”(Legal 500 UK Bar Guide 2022), and as “very commercial and clients really like him. His drafting is fantastic, he works incredibly hard and he can distil complex legal and technical points into very crisp, clear drafting” (Chambers and Partners UK Bar Guide 2022).

Paul’s core areas of practice are civil fraud and asset recovery (especially in CIS-related fraud disputes, such as the Kazakhstan Kagazy and BITEL litigation, and the fraud aspects of the Stati litigation), banking and finance (having been a contributing author to Paget on Banking and the Encyclopaedia of Banking Law, and acted in cases including the RBS Rights Issue litigation), insolvency, and arbitration (including international commercial and investor-state arbitration, under the ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL, SCC, and ICSID Rules) and related court proceedings concerning the setting-aside or enforcement of arbitral awards. As well as being a member of the Bar of England and Wales, Paul has also been called to the Bar of the British Virgin Islands (2014), and granted rights of audience before the AIFC Court (2019).

Joint Heads of Chambers Joe Smouha QC and Huw Davies QC said “We are delighted to welcome Paul Wee as a tenant of chambers. Paul has developed an impressive commercial chancery practice gaining extensive experience in civil fraud and asset recovery in addition to arbitration and public international law.  His incisive advocacy and outstanding drafting skills  are already well-known to members of chambers who have worked with him and who will welcome the further opportunities to do so.”

Senior Clerk Joe Ferrigno said “Paul will be a valuable addition to our capacity in these key areas of chambers’ practice, where we have seen continued significant growth.  This is a tremendous opportunity for Chambers to add further to our first-rate junior team and bolster the ranks of our Band 1 global civil fraud practice.”

Paul Wee said “I am delighted to have joined Essex Court Chambers today, where I look forward to continuing to develop my civil fraud, arbitration and public international law practice. I have appeared with, against and before barristers from Essex Court Chambers and I look forward to joining them as a colleague.”