Female Divorce Lawyers

At PKWA Law, we sometimes get requests from our clients that they would prefer a female divorce lawyer to represent them. While the gender of your divorce lawyer won’t determine the outcome of your case – above all, you should engage someone who will listen to and understand your situation and has the experience and skills to communicate it to the Court – finding the “best fit” lawyer for you also entails selecting someone whom you will feel comfortable working with.

Accordingly, while no single personality type or gender will suit every case, some female clients feel more comfortable discussing the intimate details of their marriage with another woman. Conversely, some men believe that a female divorce lawyer may help present their arguments against their spouse in a manner that is persuasive while also being less harsh.

With this in mind, we’d like to introduce the female divorce lawyers at PKWA Law.

Dorothy Tan

Dorothy Tan is a highly regarded Divorce Lawyer in Singapore.

Dorothy Tan Female Divorce Lawyer

Dorothy is listed in the Top 100 Women in Litigation by Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific 2021. Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific’s Top 100 Women in Litigation focuses on the leading female litigators who have earned their place by participating in the most impactful litigation matters in recent history, as well as by earning the hard-won respect of their peers and clients as top players in their respective fields.

Lawyers named in the publication were chosen through several phases of research: a review of their recent casework, consideration of how attorneys at peer legal institutions might rank them, and client feedback on their performances. Dorothy is described as a Litigation Star in family and matrimonial law in Asia-Pacific.

Dorothy is listed in the Doyles Guide for Leading Family & Divorce lawyers in Singapore. She is recognised as one of Asia’s top young lawyers in Asian Legal Business 2016 listing of “40 under 40 – Asia’s Brightest Young Legal Minds”. She is named by the Singapore Business Review as one of Singapore’s Top 20 ‘Most Influential Lawyers aged 40 and under in 2016’ and is also shortlisted for “Woman Lawyer of the Year” by Asian Legal Business at the SE Asia Law Awards 2018, and for “Young Lawyer of the Year” by Asian Legal Business in 2017.

Benchmark Litigation also recognises Dorothy as a Litigation Star in Family Law in 2021. The reputable publisher is reputedly the definitive guide on the leading dispute resolution and litigation lawyers in the international and regional markets. Benchmark Litigation recognizes “litigation stars” in each country as individuals who were recommended consistently as reputable and highly effective litigators by their clients and peers.

At the age of 25, Dorothy successfully led a team to win a complex divorce case at the Court of Appeal on the new Singapore law on the division of matrimonial assets. Recently, Dorothy won her second Court of Appeal case.  In this case, she won for her client 75% of matrimonial assets worth $13.6 million (up from 25%). The swing in matrimonial assets awarded from 25% to 75% is one of the largest in appeal court history.

In both cases, she was the lead counsel.

In Twiss, Christopher James Hans v Twiss, Yvonne Prendergast [2015] SGCA 52,  Dorothy is arguably one of the youngest to argue and to win at the highest court in the land.  The client selected her to take over his matter and to appeal to the Court of Appeal on the division of matrimonial assets. Dorothy succeeded in reversing the decision in favour of her client, applying the new Singapore law on the division of matrimonial assets. The decision was later cited and followed in subsequent cases involving the division of matrimonial assets.

“In my hour of need, I was recommended to PKWA. Dorothy Tan LISTENED to my case and worked tirelessly over the holidays and weekends to meet impossible deadlines. A very upsetting and stressful time, but I will be forever grateful as Dorothy believed in my case and sought a fair and just resolution against insurmountable odds. At every juncture, Dorothy provided realistic, honest assessments and I proceeded based on her recommendations. If Dorothy and her team decide to champion your cause, you should consider yourself very fortunate.” – Christopher Twiss.

Dorothy is one of the youngest to be made Director in PKWA Law, having quickly assumed a leadership position after demonstrating her ability to help clients find a solution to their divorce legal problems. She has extensive experience working with high-net-worth and in high conflict cases and understands how to resolve complex family law matters either in mediation or at trial.

Dorothy is an accredited family law specialist:

  • Singapore Mediation Centre Accredited Mediator
  • Singapore Mediation Centre Accredited Collaborative Family Practitioner (CFP)
  • Appointed to Singapore Mediation Centre’s Panel of Collaborative Family Practitioners (CFP)

Charlene Nah

Charlene Nah is a Family Law Specialist who has worked exclusively in family law matters since she was called to the bar. Charlene assists clients across the full spectrum of family law matters, including complex financial cases, parenting matters involving custody, care and control and family violence. Charlene also advises on will drafting and succession planning.

Charlene Nah Divorce Lawyer Singapore

Charlene has received specialist training in Mediation and Collaborative Practice and has specialist family law accreditations:

  • Singapore Mediation Centre Accredited Mediator
  • Singapore Mediation Centre Accredited Collaborative Family Practitioner (CFP)
  • Appointed to Singapore Mediation Centre’s Panel of Collaborative Family Practitioners (CFP)

Jessica Chow

Jessica Chow graduated from the University of Bristol, UK, and specialises in HDB and CPF issues in divorce cases. She has an excellent track record in negotiating and mediating family disputes and has successfully steered many matters to a swift and amicable settlement.

Jessica Chow Female Divorce Lawyer

Jessica is trained in Mediation and Collaborative Practice and is a specialist family lawyer:

  • Singapore Mediation Centre Accredited Mediator
  • Singapore Mediation Centre Accredited Collaborative Family Practitioner (CFP)
  • Appointed to Singapore Mediation Centre’s Panel of Collaborative Family Practitioners (CFP)

Jessica’s warm and friendly nature and effective negotiating skills have won her consistent praise from her clients.

Sheila Cheng

Sheila Cheng has a Master of Laws (LLM) from the National University of Singapore. She also has a 2nd Upper-Class Honours degree from Bristol University.

Sheila Cheng Female Divorce Lawyer

Sheila has received specialist training in Mediation and Collaborative Practice and has the following specialist family law accreditations:

  • Singapore Mediation Centre Accredited Mediator
  • Singapore Mediation Centre Accredited Collaborative Family Practitioner (CFP)
  • Appointed to Singapore Mediation Centre’s Panel of Collaborative Family Practitioners (CFP)

Sheila’s expertise is in high net worth and complex divorce and children custody cases. She also spends time in Thailand doing volunteer work for a children’s home in her free time.

Yeow Ing Yee

Yeow Ing Yee is a family law specialist. She does family law exclusively.

Yeow Ing Yee Female Divorce Lawyer

Ing Yee specialises in high conflict divorce and appeal cases. She also deals in the division of matrimonial assets upon divorce, prenuptial agreements, custody of children, spousal maintenance and Personal Protection Orders. Her full scope of family law work includes:

  • Divorce Lawyer
  • Matrimonial Lawyer
  • High conflict divorce cases
  • High net worth divorce disputes
  • Appeal cases
  • Drafting of separation agreements.
  • Child abduction
  • Division of matrimonial assets
  • Maintenance for spouse and children

Mathea Lim

Mathea is a Family Law specialist at PKWA Law. Mathea’s areas of expertise are in advising clients on complex high net worth financial cases involving division of assets and maintenance and intricate children disputes.

Mathea Lim Female Divorce Lawyer

Mathea’s passion lies in helping individuals who may be experiencing the lowest points in their lives. She is a firm advocate of the importance of first advising clients to resolve disputes through mediation and encourage adversarial parties to compromise.

Scholarships Awarded

  • Distinction for Part B Family Law Course 2019
  • LexisNexis Family Law Prize December 2018 – awarded to the top student in Family Law (NUS Law)
  • Wee Chong Jin Scholarship in Law (Academic Year 2018-2019)
  • NUS Law Dean’s List (Academic Year 2015-2016)

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