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FONG WEI LI

Contact Details
Phone: +65 9668 7718
Email: weili@forwardlegal.sg

Managing Director

Appointments

  • Advocate & Solicitor, Singapore

  • Adjunct Faculty, Singapore Management University

  • Associate Mediator (Singapore Mediation Centre)


Education and qualifications

  • Juris Doctor, Singapore Management University

  • B. Soc. Sci. (Hons), National University of Singapore (Double majors in Psychology/Communications and New Media)

  • Diploma in Business Translation and Interpretation Skills, Nanyang Technological University

  • WSQ Advanced Certificate in Learning and Performance

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Profile

Wei Li’s primary expertise is in Internet and social-media law.

 

The contentious part of his practice involves representing companies and highly-visible individuals in matters concerning defamation, harassment, and reputation management. Wei Li has successfully obtained and enforced court orders against major web platforms, search engines, and content hosts for the takedown of undesirable and defamatory publications. His deep understanding of social media and the Internet allows him to advise clients on both the legal and non-legal aspects of content and reputation management. Wei Li is also proficient in open-source intelligence techniques, which is crucial in understanding, tracking and responding to anonymous online attacks. On the advisory front, Wei Li supports brands and businesses in the digitisation of their operations by providing strategic counsel in internet marketing, online selling, social-media engagement, and data privacy. Because of his expertise in these emerging fields, Wei Li regularly trains other lawyers in these topics.

 

Another significant aspect of Wei Li's practice is in commercial and civil litigation. He stands out for being effectively bilingual in written/spoken English and Chinese, and therefore routinely advises Chinese clients who do business in Singapore. Wei Li has also represented Chinese clients in cross-border arbitrations sited in Singapore, Hong Kong, and China. Clients appreciate Wei Li for his understanding of Chinese law, business customs, and his ability to alternate between English and Chinese when advising on matters.

Wei Li enjoys sharing his experience. He is an active member of the Law Awareness Committee, and is often invited to conduct public talks and seminars aimed at promoting legal knowledge and awareness among laypersons. He has also authored chapters in guidebooks and publications that provide legal information to workers, freelancers, and members of the media and artistic community. Besides practising law, Wei Li teaches as an adjunct faculty member at the Singapore Management University Yong Pung How School of Law. As a certified adult educator, he also conducts professional and continuing education in business law, crisis communication, and reputation management for fellow lawyers and working professionals at SMU Academy - the university's adult-education arm.

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