Ong Lee Woei

Associate Director
Advocate and Solicitor, Singapore
+65 6921 7181

Lee Woei brings in more than 20 years of practice and he maintains a wide and varied practice in the field of commercial and general chancery practice.  He has particular interests in property-related work and trusts disputes which involve equitable aspects (contractual and/or tortious duties, agency, fiduciary duties, illegality, restitution and unjust enrichment) but his practice equally encompasses shareholders, company and partnership disputes, problems involving trusts and civil fraud, and banking and professional negligence claims. His work invariably involves cross border work in other jurisdictions.

Lee Woei believes that the legal profession, in addition to maintaining the high professional standards, must provide practical, robust and commercially advice attuned to the needs of both his lay and professional clients.  As a service-based industry, the advocate must be as accessible as possible and be able to provide speedy, pertinent and readily intelligible advice tailored to the needs of his clients.

Case Highlights

  • Representing clients in multiple suits valued above S$250 million involving issues in relation to the SGX listing rules, Security Industry Council waivers, assets tracing and probate and administration matters, reported at Tan Chin Hoon & Ors v Tan Choo Suan & Ors [2015] SGHC 306 and Tan Chin Hoon and others v Tan Choo Suan (in her personal capacity and as executrix of the estate of Tan Kiam Toen, deceased) and others and other matter [2016] 1 SLR 1150
  • Represented various beneficiaries in multi-million dollar claims against an estate involving issues of trust accounts, rights of survivorship, mental capacity, resulting trust and presumption of advancement, reported at Low Gim Siah and Others v Low Geok Khim and Another [2007] 1 SLR 795
  • Represented parties in the Singapore High Court and Court of Appeal in disputes over surplus proceeds of sale of properties realised pursuant to mortgagee sale, reported at [2008] 2 SLR 174
  • Acting for a Singapore incorporated company involved in an investor state arbitration under the United Nations’ UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules in relation to investment agreements made with a country state in South Asia.  The issues relate to the breaches of various contracts (from a transition of a Build-Operate-Transfer to a Build-Operate-Own regime) in respect of preferential treatment by the State to an incoming competitor, level playing field provisions, statutory bodies, agents and instrumentalities of state, various assurances and misrepresentation, unfair competition and dumping of commodities.  The lex fori applied was a foreign law.  Successfully obtained substantial interim awards with further damages to be assessed against the State
  • Acted for a substantial shareholder in a Singapore company listed on the Singapore Stock Exchange substantial value of shares in interpleader proceedings in the Singapore High Court.  The case involved a dispute on the transfer of the ownership of the shares and the voting rights which accrued in them when the consideration had not paid.  The case also involved the beneficial ownership of the shares held by a company incorporated in the British Virgin Islands and proceedings in the Hong Kong High Court
  • Successfully acting for a Singapore company in respect of an action commenced by the Sentosa Development Corporation, a quasi-statutory board, in the Singapore High Court for relief against forfeiture of a 30 years lease
  • Advising client on the availability of diplomatic immunity based on the Vienna Convention on the proceedings commenced in the District Court of Texas, USA


  • Member, Law Society of Singapore
  • Member, Singapore Academy of Law
  • Member, Law Society of Singapore Professional Indemnity Committee
  • Member, Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn (United Kingdom)

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