Chau Yee is Head of the Construction, Engineering and Infrastructure Projects Practice Group. His main areas of practice are commercial and contractual cases with particular emphasis in construction disputes, general civil litigation, shipping and employment law.
He has extensive experience in the area of construction law covering both contentious work and front-end work for engineering, construction and infrastructure projects. He has also been involved in the drafting and review of construction contracts, construction management contracts, trade contracts, supply contracts, work orders, service agreements, consultancy agreements and ancillary deliverables for residential, commercial and industrial projects.
He has advised major developers in construction disputes as well as court applications and arbitration proceedings ancillary to and in connection with property development projects, and was lead counsel in several High Court and Court of Appeal cases, arbitration as well as adjudication cases. Chau Yee and his team has advised on some of Singapore ‘Firsts’ such as Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort, the first integrated resort in Singapore and Singapore Flyer Pte Ltd, the first and largest giant observation wheel in Singapore.
The Practice Group, which he heads, has been recommended with a ‘good record in construction and engineering projects’, ‘active in handling construction and engineering work’ and is frequently referred to as ‘one of leading construction and engineering practice groups’ in various legal publications such as The Asia Pacific Legal 500 and Who’s Who Legal. The Practice Group was a finalist in ALB Southeast Asia Law Awards 2009 and 2010, and chosen as the winner of Acquisition International 2012 Legal Award - Construction Law Firm of the Year: Singapore, the Construction Law Firm of the Year in Singapore for the 2013 Global Law Experts Practice Area Awards and Construction Law Team of the Year - Singapore in the 2014 Business Excellence Awards, and listed in the Global 100 – 2014 rankings for Construction Law - Singapore.
He has also advised on shipping related arbitration, ship arrest, cargo claims and other shipping related matters with particular emphasis for foreign litigants in arbitrations and suits in Singapore.
Chau Yee also has extensive corporate work experience, and is company secretary of various companies incorporated in Singapore, including subsidiaries of multi-national corporations which are involved in energy, oilfield and infrastructure projects. He has been involved in and advised on joint venture, acquisition and divestment projects.
Chau Yee is one of the contributors to the book, “Singapore Precedents of Pleadings”(2006) and from time to time, a speaker for seminars organized by the Law Society of Singapore and other organisations, and a contributor to legal articles in newspapers and magazines.
Chau Yee was called to the Singapore Bar in 1992, having graduated from National University of Singapore with Second (Upper) Class Honours in Bachelor of Law in 1991. He also holds a certification in accounting and finance from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, UK and is a Fellow of and admitted to the Panel of Arbitrators of Singapore Institute of Arbitrators. He is also appointed as a member of Accounting & Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA) Complaints and Disciplinary Panel and is gazetted as counsel to appear on behalf of the Government of the Republic of Singapore in civil proceedings for claims relating to State land.