Senior Associate Director & Deputy Head of Family Law Department

480 Lorong 6
Toa Payoh #16-00
HDB Hub, East Wing Tower


65 6854 3475

Litigation Star

Top 100 Women in Litigation - Asia Pacific



Practice area:

Family and matrimonial

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

Dorothy Tan is recognised by Benchmark Litigation as a Litigation Star in family and matrimonial law in Asia-Pacific. Benchmark Litigation is the definitive guide on the leading litigation lawyers internationally and regionally. The international 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 from 25% to 75% for her client is arguably one of the biggest amounts in appeals court history.

In both cases, Dorothy acted as lead counsel.

Outside of work, Tan volunteers at a family centre to help divorced couples and their children. She also contributes to and authors the Family Law Module for Lexis Practical Guidance.

  • Won two important Court of Appeal decisions for our clients on the issue of division of matrimonial assets, including one described by the judges as “complicated,” “challenging” and “highly unusual” in which our client won 75% of $13.6 million in matrimonial assets, up from 25%. The swing in matrimonial assets from 25% to 75% is arguably one of the highest in divorce cases in Singapore.
  • Dorothy Tan is listed in the “Top 100 Women in Litigation” in Asia-Pacific by Benchmark Litigation 2021. She is among 11 Singapore female lawyers who are recognised. Dorothy is recognised as a leading lawyer in family and matrimonial law.
  • Doyles Guide – PKWA Law is ranked as a leading family law firm. Dorothy Tan is ranked as a leading family lawyer in Singapore.
  • Doyles Guide to Leading Family & Divorce Lawyers – Singapore, 2017 –Ms Dorothy Tan is ranked by their peers as “Leading Family and Divorce Lawyers in Singapore 2017”.
  • Doyles Guide of Leading Singapore Family Lawyers 2016 –Dorothy Tan is ranked as a Leading Family and Divorce Lawyer Singapore.
  • Dorothy Tan named among Singapore’s “Most Influential Lawyers Under 40” by Singapore Business Review 2016.
  • Dorothy was shortlisted for “Woman Lawyer of the Year” by Asian Legal Business at the SE Asia Law Awards 2018. She was selected by an independent panel of 30 legal experts and is the only family lawyer in the shortlist.
  • Dorothy Tan is named as one of Asia’s top young lawyers by Asian Legal Business 2016.
  • Dorothy Tan nominated for “Young Lawyer of the Year” at SE Asia Law Awards 2017.
  • Global Law Experts 2015 Edition — Lim Chong Boon is a recommended lawyer in “Family and Civil”.

  • 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)