Justice Lee Seiu Kin was appointed a High Court Judge on 11 April 2006. His areas of focus include construction and shipbuilding, intellectual property, employment and criminal matters.
Born in Malaysia, Justice Lee was educated at St Paul’s Institution, Seremban and National Junior College, Singapore. He was awarded a Colombo Plan scholarship and obtained a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degree from the University of Adelaide in 1977. He worked as a civil engineer in the Public Works Department from 1977 to 1984, during which he obtained a Master of Science (Construction Engineering) from the National University of Singapore in 1982, and an MBA (with Distinction) from INSEAD in 1984. He was registered as a Professional Engineer in 1983.
Justice Lee read law at the National University of Singapore where he obtained a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree in 1986. He went on to obtain a Master of Laws from the University of Cambridge in 1987. He joined the Singapore Legal Service in October 1987. He was admitted as an advocate and solicitor of the Supreme Court in 1991. He was appointed Senior Counsel in 2003.
Justice Lee was posted to the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) as State Counsel and went on to become Senior State Counsel in 1994. He served in the Criminal, Civil and International Affairs Divisions of the AGC and also helmed its Computer Information Systems Department from 1989. On 15 October 1997, he was appointed Judicial Commissioner of the Supreme Court and served in that capacity for five years. He was concurrently the President of the Industrial Arbitration Court from September 1999 until October 2002. On 15 October 2002, Justice Lee was appointed second Solicitor-General, a position he held until his current appointment at the Supreme Court. He served on the boards of the Infocomm Development Agency (2003 to 2005), Competition Commission of Singapore (2005 to 2006), Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (2005 to 2006) and Monetary Authority of Singapore (2006). Justice Lee is currently the Chairman of the Internal Security Department’s Advisory Board as well as the ASEAN Law Association (Singapore) and the Board of Singapore Academy of Law (SAL) Ventures Ltd, a subsidiary of SAL.
Justice Lee was a member of the Legal Service Commission from April 2006 to January 2022.
He was awarded the “Meritorious Service Medal” during the National Day Awards 2017 for his contributions to the legal sector.