DOROTHY TAN – Divorce Lawyer Singapore

DOROTHY TAN, a leading Female Divorce Lawyer in Singapore, won her first Court of  Appeal case when she was just 25 years old.   Dorothy won her second Court of Appeal family law case when she was 31 years old.

Updated on 30 May 2020


Dorothy Tan, Divorce Lawyer in Singapore

Dorothy Tan is ranked as a Leading Divorce Lawyer in Doyles Guide of Leading Singapore Family and Divorce Lawyers in 2016 and 2017. She is much sought after by both male and female clients, including high net worth clients.

Dorothy has received many ‘Firsts’:

  • Dorothy was named as one of Asia’s top young lawyers in Asian Legal Business 2016 listing of “40 under 40 – Asia’s Brightest Young Legal Minds”.  The list comprises of lawyers under the age of 40 who have been recognised for doing important deals, working on key disputes and other high quality work, and earning accolades from their colleagues and clients.
  • In 2015, Dorothy became arguably one of the youngest lawyers to argue and to win a case at the Singapore Court of Appeal.  The Court of Appeal case Twiss, Christopher James Hans v Twiss, Yvonne Prendergast [2015] SGCA 52 has become a landmark case and is now frequently cited and followed by the Singapore Courts in decisions involving division of matrimonial assets.  Her client wrote a glowing testimonial of Dorothy’s skills, dedication and hard work, which can be found here.
  • Recently,  Dorothy Tan helped a client (the husband) to win a Court of Appeal case on division of matrimonial assets. The husband won 75% of the matrimonial assets, up from 25% – one of the biggest swings in percentage in appeal cases.  Dorothy drafted, prepared and filed the appeal papers, with the client appearing at the appeal hearing himself.  The decision in TQU v TQT [2020] SGCA 08 was described by the Court of Appeal as “difficult,” “challenging” and “highly unusual”.
  • Dorothy was nominated for “Young Lawyer of the Year” by Asian Legal Business at the SE Asia Law Awards 2017.  She was selected by an independent judging panel of 30 legal experts.
  • Dorothy is also one of the youngest ever to be made an Associate Director at PKWA Law.

Dorothy regularly receives exceptional client feedback. One client commended her for her “faith, knowledge and determination”. Another client wrote that Dorothy’s “judgements and ability to steer the various proceedings were absolutely critical. I was able to give you my full trust. You have certainly made a lasting impact, one which I will not forget.”

Dorothy is well liked and respected by her peers and colleagues. She has always held leadership positions, including being elected as Law Club President at the Law Faculty, National University of Singapore. She is currently the Deputy Head of Family Law at PKWA Law.

Dorothy’s achievements are a testament to the complex and high quality work she has been doing.

She demonstrates professional excellence, a sense of justice, a reputation for legal ethics and a strong committment to the community.

Dorothy is an accredited Collaborative Family Practitioner, Singapore Mediation Centre.


Specialist 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)



Dorothy is a contributor / author for Lexis Practical Guidance – Family Law Module.


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