Dorothy Tan

PKWA Law - Singapore

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



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.

  • Dorothy is recognised as a "Litigation Star" in family law by Benchmark Litigation Asia Pacific 2021.  Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific is a leading guide to the region’s leading litigation firms and lawyers. The guide provides law firm and lawyer rankings based on extensive interviews with litigators, dispute resolution specialists and their clients as well as analysis of the market’s most important cases and firm development.

  • Dorothy 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”.  The coveted list showcases the top 40 outstanding young lawyers in Asia under the age of 40, based on their deals and disputes handled, as well as accolades from peers and clients.

  • Dorothy is 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 is nominated for "Young Lawyer of the Year" by Asian Legal Business at the SE Asia Law Awards 2017.

  • Dorothy is ranked as a Leading Lawyer in Doyle's Guide of Leading Singapore Family and Divorce Lawyers in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2021.

  • Dorothy is named as one of “Singapore’s Most Influential Lawyers under 40” by the Singapore Business Review in 2016. She was selected from a list of almost a hundred nominees based on thought leadership, influence, and success.

  • 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)