Paul Wee is a barrister at 3 Verulam Buildings in London, specialising in commercial law and investor-state arbitration. Ranked as a leading junior barrister and recognised by the Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 directories as being ‘brilliant’, ‘a go-to junior for investment treaty arbitrations’, and ‘a real grafter and an excellent advocate’, he appears regularly before courts and arbitral tribunals on behalf of clients including governments, corporations, financial institutions and individuals. His practice spans a diverse range of sectors, including banking and finance, oil and gas, energy and infrastructure, mining and exploration, telecommunications, IT, manufacturing, and entertainment and media.
Hailed as ‘a sensation’ (Fanfare), ‘totally astonishing’ and ‘an astounding figure’ (BBC Radio 3 Record Review), Paul Wee has been recognised as ‘a pianist who possesses transcendental technical prowess, the stamina of a marathon runner, a sure command of large-scale structure, rhythmic élan, and a large portfolio of nuance and color’ (ClassicsToday). After a number of early appearances, including a concerto début in London’s Royal Albert Hall aged 12, Paul continued his studies in New York City at the Manhattan School of Music under the tutelage of Nina Svetlanova. Having decided not to pursue a primary career in the arts, Paul returned to the United Kingdom to study law at the University of Oxford, and obtained his BA (Jurisprudence) and BCL from Keble College. He was called to the Bar by Gray’s Inn in 2010, and attempts to balance his love for the piano alongside the demands of a busy practice at the Bar.
His début recording of Alkan’s Symphony for Solo Piano and Concerto for Solo Piano was released in November 2019 on BIS to international critical acclaim and shortlisted for a Gramophone Award, in addition to being featured as an Editor’s Choice by Gramophone and a Critic’s Choice by International Piano, and awarded a Diapason d’Or.