Joseph Lee

Deputy Managing Director
Advocate and Solicitor, Singapore
+65 6206 7881

In 2015, Joseph was identified by the Singapore Business Review as one of Singapore’s “40 Most Influential Lawyers in Singapore Aged 40 and Under”. He has been described as a “very astute and sharp litigator who looks at issues thoroughly and is quick at strategizing and finding solutions to protect his clients’ interests”. His practice is founded on the ethos that every case deserves individual attention and customised legal strategy.

Starting his career in international law firms, Joseph soon transitioned to a major local law firm where he trained under a Senior Counsel and honed his skills as a litigation and arbitration counsel. 

Over the course of his career, Joseph has appeared at all levels of the Singapore Courts, and before arbitral tribunals seated in various jurisdictions. Apart from the traditional court and arbitration setting, Joseph regularly acts for clients before quasi-judicial tribunals such as the Strata Titles Board, the Appeals Board for Land Acquisitions and the Income Tax Board of Review.

Joseph’s clients range from Fortune 500 companies, major property developers and main contractors, oil and gas industry players, banks and governmental institutions.  He has represented clients in numerous high value disputes and was counsel in several landmark decisions. Joseph also has an active China practice, and is counsel to numerous state-owned enterprises and blue chip companies listed in the PRC and Hong Kong. His fluency in the Chinese language and deep understanding of mainland Chinese culture and business environment distinguishes him from other local practitioners. Joseph is also an independent director with a public listed company. 

His practice areas include building and construction, insolvency and restructuring, aviation, wills and probate, shareholder disputes, employment and trust law. 

Case Highlights

  • Acted for the builder of an industrial building development in a dispute with its sub-contractor over wrongful termination and liquidated damages. CAA Technologies Pte Ltd v Newcon Builders Pte Ltd [2016] SGHC 246
  • Acted for a contact lens manufacturer in a claim against ex-employees for breach of confidentiality and theft of trade secrets – a decision notable for the principles relating to equitable compensation and trade secrets. Clearlab SG Pte Ltd v Ting Chong Chai and others [2014] SGHC 221
  • Acted for a MCST in a claim for encroachment against the commercial units; a decision notable for its affirmation of the MCST’s authority to govern and considerations for the grant of an injunction to enforce by-laws. The Management Corporation Strata Title Plan No. 3405 v Raffles Place Bistro Pte Ltd [2016] SGDC 247
  • Acted for a main contractor in a setting aside application relating to the Security of Payment Act – a decision notable for the Court’s interpretation of the provisions of the Act. LH Aluminium Industries Pte Ltd v Newcon Builders Pte Ltd [2015] 1 SLR 648
  • Acted for the Singapore Tourism Board in a claim for the return of sponsorship funds extended to concert organisers – a landmark decision concerning principles governing the piercing of the corporate veil and quistclose trusts. Singapore Tourism Board v Children’s Media Ltd and others [2010] SGHC 334.


  • Member, Law Society of Singapore
  • Member, Singapore Academy of Law


Joseph has been recognised as a Next Generation Partner by Legal 500.

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