Dorothy Chai

Dorothy Chai is the Managing Partner of the firm.

Dorothy was called to the Bar of England and Wales (Gray’s Inn) in 1993 as a Barrister-at-Law and admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore in July 1994.

She is an experienced matrimonial and divorce lawyer who has dealt with all aspects of family and matrimonial law. She has been appointed Counsel by her fellow practitioners in complex matrimonial disputes which speaks for her acceptance amongst her peers. She has successfully handled many divorce proceedings where the divorce, custody of children, division of assets and maintenance have been contested.

Significantly, Dorothy has taken part in several high profile cases involving individuals of high net worth following their marital breakdown. Recently, she has also single handedly successfully argued before the Court of Appeal a landmark case which made significant developments in important areas of family law. The complexity of the facts and the novelty of the points of law was not only acknowledged by Members of the Singapore Bar but was also used during one of the finals of the Mooting competition held between the NUS and SMU students.

Whether in court or in mediation, Dorothy uses her independent and analytical mind to bear on legal problems. Equipped with strong interpersonal and communication skills interfaced with sensibility, Dorothy strongly believes in handling her clients' individual needs and emotions with sensitivity and compassion.

Membership and Volunteer Work

Dorothy has been elected and appointed as a Committee member of the Law Society Family Committee and the Singapore Association of Women Lawyers. She is also an Associate Mediator with Singapore Mediation Centre.

Dorothy serves the public by regularly volunteering her time and expertise at the Legal Clinic in the Community Centre and SCWO. She has also given free talks and seminars on Family and Matrimonial Law as well as on Wills and Estate Planning to various organisations. She has also appeared on radio talks pertaining to family issues, given her passion for this area of law.

Accolades and Awards

Dorothy has received several accolades and awards, namely:

  • ACQ Global Awards 2014 – Family Law Firm of the Year (Singapore)
  • ACQ Global Awards 2015 – Family Law Firm of the Year (Singapore)
  • Corporate INTL Legal Awards Winner 2015 - Regional Family Law Firm of the Year in Singapore
  • Finance Monthly Global Awards 2015 – Regional Family Law Firm of the Year (Singapore)
  • Global Law Experts 2015 – Regional Family Law Firm of the Year in Singapore


Dorothy speaks fluent English, Mandarin, Hokkien and Teochew.

For further inquiries or requests for consultation, please call 65320123.