Amanda Lees

Partner

Singapore

T +65 6831 5635
M +65 9643 7367
amanda.lees@simmons-simmons.com

General Experience

Amanda is a partner in the Dispute Resolution group in our Singapore office and specialises in cross border dispute resolution through international arbitration and complex multi-forum litigation. She has experience acting in international arbitrations in Asia and Australia and related stay, anti-suit and anti-arbitration applications. Amanda also sits as an arbitrator in commodities and commercial disputes. She is listed in Best Lawyers for international arbitration.

She is adept at using alternative dispute resolution, such as mediation and expert determination.

Amanda has acted in commercial disputes across a range of business and industry sectors, including energy and resources, commodities, construction, banking and finance, insurance and reinsurance, telecommunications, manufacturing and consumer goods industries.

Amanda also has substantial experience of drafting and advising on dispute resolution provisions in complex contracts, including arbitration provisions, ICSID clauses, sovereign immunity clauses, jurisdiction clauses and expert determination clauses. She advises clients in Asia on compliance with anti-bribery legislation, including the UK Bribery Act 2010.

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Recent Work
  • sitting as SIAC and ICC arbitrator in multiple commodities disputes and commercial disputes seated in Singapore
  • acting for a South East Asian government in a bilateral investment treaty arbitration under the UNCITRAL Rules, seated in London and administered by the PCA
  • acting for a multinational trading company in a LCIA arbitration of a commodities dispute in China, with related PRC and Malaysian court proceedings for interim measures
  • acting for a BVI company in a SIAC arbitration concerning the forfeiture of its interest in an oil block in Indonesia
  • acting for an alternative asset manager in an ICC mediation and arbitration with a former employee in Hong Kong
  • acting on multiple trade finance defaults involving Indian counterparties resolved through SIAC arbitration in Singapore
  • acting for an Indonesian coal miner in a dispute with its mining services provider
  • acting for Samsung Electronics Ltd in its Australian Federal Court litigation with Apple Inc over patent infringements and licensing for smartphones and tablets. Amanda was part of the global team on FRAND licensing issues.  
Background

Amanda was admitted in New South Wales in 2001 and has 16 years’ experience in dispute resolution in Asia and Australia. She has been based in Singapore since 2012 and has experience in multiple Asian jurisdictions.

Amanda is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) and Singapore Institute of Arbitrators. She is a Director of CIARB in Singapore. Amanda has a Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration from the CIArb and took the ICC Masterclass for Arbitrators.

Amanda is a regular speaker at international conferences and lecturer on international arbitration, commodities disputes, dispute resolution and investigations. She has lectured for the CIArb on international arbitration in Australia, Malaysia, Singapore and the Maldives. Amanda co-authored the Global Arbitration Review know-how chapter on commercial arbitration in Hong Kong and Lexis® Practical Guidance – Dispute Resolution guidelines for international arbitration in Hong Kong and Singapore.