Managing Partner

Richard Wee

Brief info

- Above 20 Years of experience
- Head of Chambers- Corporate
- Areas of expertise : Criminal Defence, Cyber Law, Sports & Esports Law and Trust Law.

Contacts
Whatsapp: +6016 275 0025

Richard Wee (Managing Partner)

Richard graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from the University of London in 1996, completed the Certificate in Legal Practice in 1998 and was admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya in 1999.

Believing in professional development, Richard continues to acquire new skills and knowledge. He holds a certificate in Strategic Conflict Management for Professionals, awarded by the Singapore Mediation Centre (2011), a certificate of attendance for the Asian Domain Name Dispute Resolution Centre workshop (2014) awarded by the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration (KLRCA) (now known as the Asian International Arbitration Centre (AIAC)) and a certificate from the Southeast Asia Regional Anti-Doping Organization (SEARADO) (2018) for Result Management for Anti-Doping.

In 2016, Richard obtained the Certificate of Sports Arbitration from AIAC, a qualification which is a preparatory step towards appointment as a Sports Arbitrator.

In 2019, Taylor’s University appointed Richard as a member of the Legal Profession Advisory Panel, which he continues to serve to date.

In 2019, the Society of Inns of Courts of Malaysia admitted Richard as a member.

In 2019, FIFA and Football Association of Malaysia appointed Richard to the Appeals Committee of the National Disputes Resolution Chambers (NDRC). Richard continues to be a member of NDRC in 2021 and 2022.

In 2020, the Ministry of Youth and Sports appointed Richard to the advisory Panel of Experts.

In 2020, the National Sports Institute appointed Richard as a committee member of the Sports Technology Research and Development Funding Committee.

In 2020, the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) appointed Richard Wee Chambers as the regulatory partner of the Fintech Booster Programme, a capacity-building platform for fintech start-ups and companies.

In 2021, the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) appointed Richard as a member of the Panel of Experts of the Research and Development Fund for Technology.

In 2021, Richard was admitted to the Association of Anti-Bribery Management System Practitioners of Malaysia.

 

In the early days of Richard’s career he specialised in litigation, and over the years his practice evolved to include corporate matters. Richard’s background in litigation has placed him in a unique position to see through issues for clients, providing strong affirmative advise and strategies to avoid the pitfalls of litigation.  He has carved out an effective legal service for corporate matters and is sought after by his clients. Richard’s portfolio in this area includes matters of mergers, take overs & acquisitions of companies, joint venture exercises, multi-layered contracts & international commercial transactions.

Other than corporate matters, Richard acts on behalf of numerous government agencies involving projects, research, regulations, compliance, and investments. His involvement includes proffering advice, drafting agreements, providing assistance in regulatory and compliance issues.

Richard acts as an advisor to the Government in numerous Panel of Experts and committees.

Richard’s practice nonetheless, still revolves around dispute resolution. His prowess in litigation is well known. He has appeared at every level of Court in Peninsula Malaysia and other then the Courts, Richard has also appeared in the Industrial Court, Sports Tribunals, Housing Tribunal and Arbitration. Often described as a general litigator, his wide knowledge of many industries makes him a favoured lawyer for companies with wide ranging commercial issues.

Richard has experience in Property transactions, having acted for Property Developers, individuals in sub-sales and tenancy matters. His uniqueness lies with his ability to serve the clients for Corporate, Litigation or Property Conveyancing matters.

Richard is a well-known advocate for the expansion and improvement of sports law and esports law in Malaysia. He co-founded the Sports Law Association of Malaysia (SLAM) in 2016, organised several annual Sports Law Conferences, conducted many training & seminars all over Malaysia, and is an invited speaker at Universities and Colleges on that area of law.

In esports, Richard is regarded as one of the pioneers of esports law. He is often sought after by the esports community for numerous legal matters.

Richard has featured on more than one occasion on BFM (Business FM) Radio to speak about, amongst other things, Sports and esports matters. He has also appeared in international television giving interviews about his experience with Everton Football Club.

Despite his busy practice, Richard has found time to co-author a chapter about Malaysia’s Sports Law for the International Encyclopaedia of Sports Law by Wolters Kluwer.

Richard had previously led his team to win consecutive awards (2018 & 2019) at the annual Asian Legal Business (ALB) Malaysia Law Awards for the Sports Law Firm of the Year Award.

He has been described by Legal500 as an ‘Expert for Sports Law’ and acknowledged by ALB in 2017 for his ability to spearhead a ‘Best Boutique’ practice for Sports Law.

In December 2017, Asia Law Portal named Richard as one of the 30 People to Watch in the Business of Law in Asia in 2018.

In 2020 and 2021, Richard Wee Chambers was awarded by ALB, Malaysia’s Sports Law Firm of the Year.

Since 2019, Richard Wee Chambers continue to receive nominations at the ALB Malaysia Law Awards for numerous categories, including categories for the Firm of the Year for Dispute Resolution, Employment, and Corporate Matters.

Richard is passionate about serving the Bar and was the Secretary of the Malaysian Bar Council from 2013-2015. He was an elected Councillor of the Malaysian Bar Council from 2011-2016.  He was also an elected member of Kuala Lumpur Bar Committee from 2005-2010.

He continues to serve the Bar as Chairperson of the Professional Standards and Development Committee which manages the Bar’s Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Scheme.

Outside his practice, Richard spends much time with his family and supports Everton Football Club of the English Premier League.

2019 – Managing Partner, Richard Wee Chambers
2016 – Partner, MahWengKwai & Associates
2010 – Partner, Richard Wee & Yip (formerly known as Richard Wee Lopez)
2008 – Managing Partner, Richard Wee Lopez
2007 – Partner, Y.H. Teh & Quek
2005 – Partner, Azizah, Sarina & Khoo (merger with T.S. Wee & Co)
2003 – Principal, T.S. Wee & Co
1999 – Associate, David Lingam & Co
1999 – Called to the Malaysian Bar
1998 – Pupil-in-Chambers, Iza, Ng, Yeoh & Kit
1997 – Lecturer in Law, Goon’s Institute, Kuala Lumpur

  • Arbitrator National Disputes Resolution Chambers (NDRC), Appeal Committee, FIFA & Football Association of Malaysia
  • President of Everton Supporters Club of Malaysia (Registration no: PPM-025-14-28062016)
  • Past Deputy President (pro-tem), Sports Law Association of Malaysia
  • Past Elected Member, Bar Council
  • Chairperson, Professional Standards and Development Committee, Bar Council
  • Co-Chairperson, Safer Malaysia Team Leader
  • Past Member, Disciplinary Committee of the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM)
  • Past Member, Australian and New Zealand Sports Law Association (ANZSLA)
  • Secretary, Malaysian Bar (2013-2015)
  • Elected Bar Council member (2011-2016)
  • Honorary Secretary, Kuala Lumpur Bar Committee 2009
  • Elected Committee Member, Kuala Lumpur Bar Committee (2005-2010)
  • Committee member of the National Mini Football Association of Malaysia (MiFoM)

2017 – Certificate of Sports Arbitration (Asian International Arbitration Centre)
1998 – Certificate of Legal Practice
1997 – Bachelor of Laws (Hons), University of London

Thought Leadership

  • Governance in E-Sports- A Void that Needs to be Filled
  • Image Rights: Feeding the Hungry Sponsors
  • Sports Doping: Positively Negative
  • The A-B-C of CAS
  • What’s in a name: From Putra to Axiata
  • What makes Sports Law Unique? A Q & A with Richard Wee
  • Interview with BFM Radio Malaysia – The Aftermath of the Football Super League? (Apr 2021)
  • Interview with BFM Radio Malaysia – Compensating Families of Pothole Road Accidents (Jan 2021)
  • Interview with BFM Radio Malaysia – Esports 2022 Asian Games (Jan 2021)
  • Interview with BFM Radio Malaysia – Sexual Harassment in Esports (July 2020)
  • Interview with BFM Radio Malaysia – Sexual Harassment in Esports (July 2020)
  • Interview with BFM Radio Malaysia – Impact of the Postponement of Tokyo Olympics 2020 (May 2020)
  • Interview with BFM Radio Malaysia –Esports Law | The International (Aug 2019)
  • Interview with BFM Radio Malaysia – Swimming Upstream, The Refusal of the Malaysia Government to Grant Visa to an Israeli Athlete (Jan 2019)
  • Interview with BFM Radio Malaysia – Football Financial Fair Play (Oct 2014)
  • Interview with BFM Radio Malaysia – Escalating Crimes (Apr 2013)
  • Interview with BFM Radio Malaysia – Project Safer Malaysia (Jun 2012)
  • RWC Community Webinars (2020-2021)
  • Sports Law Seminar (2020)
  • Esports Law Seminar (2020)
  • Fintech Law Seminar (2020/2021)
  • Sports Law Seminar at Kuala Lumpur Bar Committee (June 2019)
  • Speaker at Brickfields Asia College – Career in Sports and esports law (June 2019)
  • Sports Law Talk at University Sultan Zainal Abidin (UNISZA) Terengganu (Apr 2019)
  • Sports Law Workshop at Inti International University (Mar 2019)
  • Speaker at Esports Professional Industry Conference 2019 (EPIC 2019) (Mar 2019)
  • The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn Alumni Association, Malaysia – Sports Law and The Industry (Jan 2019)
  • Selangor Bar Committee on “Introduction to Sports Law” (Nov 2018)
  • Speaker at Level Up Conference – Digital & Animation (Oct 2018)
  • Organiser and Moderator for the Esports Law Forum in conjunction with Hari Sukan Negara 2018 (Oct 2018)
  • Sabar Bar Committee on “Esport Law” (Oct 2018)
  • Speaker at the AIAC “Sports Law Conference: Sports Disputes – Block & Tackle” (Sept 2018)
  • INTI International University Law Awareness Week – Sports Law as a career (Sept 2018)
  • Kuala Lumpur Bar – “A Day in the Life Series… From the Perspective of a Sports Law Practitioner” (Sept 2018)
  • Moderator at International Malaysia Law Conference 2018- Sports Law: Step Up the Game! Towards a South East Asian Sports Law Framework (August 2018)
  • Speaker at Esports Conference Singapore (May 2018)
  • Speaker at Brickfields Asia College – To Specialise Or To Be General: Which Way Should I Go? (March 2018)
  • Kuala Lumpur Bar Committee on “Introduction to Sport Law” (February 2018)
  • Football Malaysia LLP at the “TaklimatPasukan Liga Malaysia 2018” (Dec 2017)
  • Tunku Abdul Rahman University College’s Sports Law Talk (July 2017)
  • UniversitiKebangsaan Malaysia on “Sports Law as a Career (May 2017)
  • Sports Law Certification Program (Apr & May 2017)
  • Brickfields Asia College – Sport Law & Civil Liberties (Apr 2017)
  • Advocates Association of Sarawak’s Sports Law & Dialogue (Apr 2017)
  • University of Malaya Sports Centre’s Sports Law Seminar (Mar 2017)
  • PersijapJepara FC at the “Sports Doping Seminar” (Mar 2017)
  • Kedah Bar Committee on “Introduction to Sports Law (Nov 2016)
  • Brickfields Asia College – The Legal Olympics (Sep 2016)
  • Speaker at Sabah Law Association (SLA) Seminar at Kota Kinabalu – Sports Law Seminar (Aug 2016)
  • Lecturer at BAC College – Master Class Series on Advance Communication for LLB Undergraduates (Jul 2016)
  • Speaker at the Malaysian Employers Consulting Agency (MECA) Convention at Johore Bahru – Variations of Employment Contracts (Jun 2016)
  • Speaker at Multimedia University (Ayer Keroh) Law Faculty – Dispute Resolution in Sports (Jan 2016)
  • Speaker at Seminar organised by the Thai Arbitration Centre, Bangkok – Sports Arbitration and other Dispute Resolutions (Sep 2015)
  • Welcoming address Speaker at Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration’s (KLRCA) Sports Arbitration Conference session held within the KLRCA International Arbitration Week 2015 – Sports Arbitration: Beyond Sports (May 2015)
  • Speaker at the Malaysian Employers Consulting Agency (MECA) Seminar at Johore Bahru – Intervening factors in Employment (Jun 2015)
  • Welcoming address Speaker at the Bar Council’s Safer Malaysia Conference 2015 – “Crime Prevention is Everyone’s Business” (Jan 2015)
  • Speaker at the “Malaysian Legal Market” Summit organised by the Law Society of United Kingdom, London (Nov 2014)
  • Speaker and Trainer at Multimedia University (Ayer Keroh) Law Faculty – International Humanitarian Law Mooting Campy (Apr 2014)
  • Welcoming address Speaker at the Annual RWY Sports Law Conference (2013, 2014, 2015)
  • Welcoming address Speaker at the Bar Council’s Safer Malaysia Conference 2015 – “Crime Prevention is Everyone’s Business” (Jan 2015)
  • Speaker at the “Malaysian Legal Market” Summit organised by the Law Society of United Kingdom, London (Nov 2014)
  • Speaker and Trainer at Multimedia University (Ayer Keroh) Law Faculty – International Humanitarian Law Mooting Campy (Apr 2014)
  • Welcoming address Speaker at the Annual RWY Sports Law Conference (2013, 2014, 2015)
  • Welcoming address Speaker at the Bar Council’s 4th Young Lawyers Convention, Melaka (2011)
  • The Malaysian Bar Ethics Programme (conducted monthly by the Bar Council) – Lecturer for topic of “Role of the Lawyer and the Malaysian Bar in Society” 2008 to 2015
  • Speaker at the Bar Council’s 3rd Young Lawyers Convention, Penang – “Standing out in a Crowded Profession” (Jan 2008)
  • Speaker at the 14th Malaysian Law Conference – Southeast Asia Young Lawyers Convention (Nov 2007)
  • Speaker at the 13th Malaysian Law Conference – “Morality & Ethics vs Invasion of Privacy” (Nov 2005)
  • Muslifah binti Zulkifli, Nur Suryani binti Mohd Taibi, & Nur Ayuni Farhana Binti Abdul Halim v Institut Sukan Negara [2018]
  • Bina Puri Sdn Bhd v Jambulingam Sethuraman-Raki (c/o Rimbun Corporate Advisory Sdn Bhd) [2012] MLJU 423 (High Court)
  • Bina Puri Sdn Bhd v Jambulingam Sethuraman-Raki (c/o Rimbun Corporate Advisory Sdn Bhd) [2012] 8 MLJ 141, [2011] MLJU 933 (High Court)
  • Solicitor for the Bar Council at the Royal Commission of Inquiry 2011, investigating into the death of Teoh Beng Hock
  • Dewan Pemuda Masjid Malaysia v SIS Forum (Malaysia)[2011] 4 CLJ 630 / [2011] 1 LNS 83 (High Court)
  • Death Inquest of Teoh Beng Hock [Inquest No: 88-10-2009] (Magistrate Court)
  • Wan Othman bin Wan Ismail v Malene CSB Insurance Brokers Sdn Bhd [2010] 7 MLJ 425 / [2009] 1 LNS 1351 (High Court)
  • NSW Submarine Cable Systems Sdn Bhd v Unisoft Sdn Bhd [2009] 1 LNS 1313 / [2010] 8 MLJ 121 (High Court)
  • Norkhairi bin Mat Darus v Ketua Polis Negara and Ors [2009] 5 CLJ 483 / [2009] MLJU 192(High Court)
  • Subashini Rajasingam v Saravanan Thangathoray & Other Appeals[2008] 2 CLJ 1 / [2007] MLJU 702 (Federal Court)
  • Maizatul Lina Mustapa v Winston Engineering Corp Sdn Bhd [2007] 2 LNS 1530 (Industrial Court)
  • Metro Giant Group Sdn Bhd v Gala Sari Resources Sdn Bhd & Ors (No. 2) [2007] 7 MLJ 52 / [2008] 7 CLJ 579 (High Court)
  • Centralite M & E Engineering Sdn Bhd v Wong Fui Han[2006] 2 LNS 0507 (Industrial Court)
  • Standard Chartered Bank (Thailand) v Dato’ Matshah Safuan[2005] 3 CLJ 158 (High Court)
  • PP v Ong Khaik Peng [2016] 1 LNS 219 (High Court)
  • Tan Teck Hing & Anor v Lee Yong Kong & Anor [2003] 5 CLJ 400 (High Court)
  • Public Prosecutor v Nee Siang Yee Kuala Lumpur High Court (Criminal) [45-29-2003]
  • RWC Litigation Forum 2019 (Nov 2019)
  • Chairperson of the Organising Team: Esports Law Forum, Hari Sukan Negara at Bukit Jalil Stadium, Kuala Lumpur Sports City (October 2018)
  • Chairperson of the Organising Committee, Bar Council’s Safer Malaysia Conference – an anti-crime solution conference (2015)
  • Chairperson of the Organising Committee: Annual Sports Law Conferences 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016.
  • Co-organised for International Malaysia Law Conference 2012 session on “Get Real! Make Your Facebook Status and Tweets Count!”.
  • Chairperson of the Organising Committee: Bar Council’s Young Lawyers Convention 2011 at Malacca.
  • Organising Committee: Lawasia Law Conference at Kuala Lumpur (2008)
  • Organising Committee: Malaysian Bar’s “Malaysia Law Conference” (2005 & 2007)
  • Chairperson of the Organising Committee: Young Lawyers Committee Charity Night 2005 & 2006.

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