Kristen Lee, 58, runs a company with offices in London and Birmingham
The British-Chinese law firm, Christine Lee & Associates, handles immigration, transport and other regular legal business.
But according to MI5, Kristen Lee herself leads a much more interesting life. The British-Chinese lawyer was named in a “Security Service Intervention Alert” saying she was “deliberately engaged in political interference activities” on behalf of the Chinese Communist Party.
Kristen Lee and Associates made nearly £700,000 in political donations, according to Electoral Commission records, mainly to Labor and MP Barry Gardiner.
Gardiner said LBC Yesterday her radio said, “She was a well-known figure who was honored for her community work. I thought she was well-meaning, I thought she was real. I’m shocked.”
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Lee, 58, reportedly moved from Hong Kong to the UK when he was a child. She was accepted as a lawyer in 2002 and owns Kristen Lee & Associates with her husband Martin Wilkes, who also works there.
The company’s main office is in Birmingham and has a second office in London, according to Law Society records. It employs two attorneys other than Lee and Wilkes, with areas of practice including immigration, transportation, commercial property, private client and family.
Christine Lee & Co prides itself on being “the first and only Chinese law firm in the UK to be licensed by the Chinese Ministry of Justice as a foreign law firm to operate in China”. Its website also says that the company has been a “legal advisor to the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the United Kingdom”.
our end! 🎉 Ms. Christine Lee has been appointed as the Chinese Overseas Legal Counsel in Beijing. pic.twitter.com/2M2hmyHfxI
– Kristine Lee & Co. (@ChristineLee_Co) December 6, 2017
The MI5 notice says that Lee’s organization “seeks to develop relationships with influential people in order to ensure that the UK’s political landscape fits the agenda of the Chinese Communist Party”. She is not accused of espionage.
Kristen Lee & Associates and the Lawyers Regulatory Authority have been contacted for comment.
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