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PKWA Divorce Lawyer Dorothy Tan is listed as Asia Pacific Top 100 Women in Litigation

DOROTHY TAN

Senior Associate Director

Deputy Head of PKWA Family Law

  • Dorothy is listed in the “Top 100 Women in Litigation” by Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific 2021.
  • Recognised as a Litigation Star in family law by Benchmark Litigation Asia Pacific 2021.
  • Ranked as a Leading Family & Singapore Divorce Lawyer by Doyles Guide to Leading Family & Divorce Lawyers

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Appointments

  • 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)

Tel: +65 6854-3475

Email: dorothytan@pkwalaw.com

Website: http://www.pkwalaw.com/dorothy-tan.html

Dorothy Tan is a Senior Associate Director in PKWA Law.  She is also the Deputy Head of the Family Law Department.

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 has been 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 has been 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.

Dorothy was also recognised by Benchmark Litigation as a Litigation Star in Family Law. The respected legal publisher 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 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 percentage from 25% to 75% to the husband is arguably one of the highest in appeal cases. In both cases, she was the lead counsel.

Dorothy has received the following accolades:

  • Dorothy is named as one of Asia’s top young lawyers in Asian Legal Business’ listing of 40 under 40 – Asia’s Brightest Young Legal Minds“, 2016. The list consists of lawyers below the age of 40 who have been recognized for their key roles in important deals, high profile disputes and other top quality work. They have also earned accolades from their colleagues and clients.
  • Dorothy is arguably one of the youngest lawyers at age 25 to argue and win at the Singapore Court of Appeal. The Court of Appeal case that Dorothy won (Twiss, Christopher James Hans v Twiss, Yvonne Prendergast [2015] SGCA 52) has been cited and followed in the Singapore Courts on cases concerning the division of matrimonial assets.  The client’s testimonial is here.

  •  Dorothy also helped a client to win at another Court of Appeal case in TQU v TQT [2020] SGCA 08.  After the client was awarded 25% in the High Court, the client engaged Dorothy to take over his matter and to appeal to the Court of Appeal. Dorothy and her team drafted and filed the Appeal papers, with the client appearing at the appeal hearing himself. In a 60 page decision, the Court of Appeal described the case as “complicated”, “challenging” and “highly unusual”.  The husband won the appeal – the husband’s share was increased from 25% to 75% of S$13.6 million in matrimonial assets. The swing in percentage from 25% to 75% to the husband is arguably one of the highest in appeal cases.
  • Dorothy is nominated “Young Lawyer of the Year” by Asian Legal Business at the SE Asia Law Awards, 2017. She was chosen by an independent judging panel consisting of over 20 legal experts.
  • Dorothy was also recognised by Benchmark Litigation 2021 as a Litigation Star in Family Law. The respected legal publisher recognizes “litigation stars” in each country as individuals who were recommended consistently as reputable and highly effective litigators by their clients and peers.
  • 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 consistently garners excellent client feedback.

One client praised Dorothy for her faith, knowledge and determination”. One other client commented 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 highly regarded and well-liked by her peers. Chairing leadership positions since her college days, including being elected as Law Club President at the Law Faculty, National University of Singapore, Dorothy is currently Deputy Head of PKWA Law’s Family Law Department.

Dorothy has the following family law 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)

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NOTABLE CASES:

1.In Twiss, Christopher James Hans v Twiss, Yvonne Prendergast [2015] SGCA 52, Dorothy successfully represented the ex-husband in the Singapore Court of Appeal in a complex case involving the division of multi-million dollar assets.

2. The Court of Appeal case has subsequently been cited and followed by the Singapore Courts in cases such as Zhou Lijie v Wang Chengxiang [2015] SGHC 316TIG v TIH [2015] SGHCF 12TME v TMF [2016] SGHCF 6 ; THL v THM [2015] SGHCF 11 ; TNL v TNK [2017] SGCA 15 and UBD v UBE [2017] SGHCF 14.

3. In TQU v TQT [2020] SGCA 08, Dorothy was engaged by the husband to take over his matter and to appeal to the Court of Appeal.  The Court of Appeal had described the case as “complicated”, “challenging” and “highly unusual”.   Dorothy and her team analysed, prepared and filed the Appeal papers, with the client appearing at the hearing himself.   Dorothy succeeded in helping the husband win the appeal – the husband’s share was increased from 25% to 75% of S$13.6 million in matrimonial assets.

4.  The swing in percentage from 25% to 75% to the husband is arguably one of the highest in appeal cases.

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PUBLICATIONS

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

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WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY

“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.

“All of you show me that genuine great lawyers exist. Many more people out there who deserve justice ought to know you.” – Ms K

“I have no hesitation in recommending PKWA and Dorothy to anyone looking for competent, knowledgeable, sympathetic, and efficient representation.” – Bjorn Vang Jansen

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