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Thian Wen Yi, Of Counsel

Thian Wen Yi

Of Counsel

Practice areas

  • Litigation and dispute management

Practice notes

Wen Yi is an Of Counsel in our Matrimonial and Family Law Practice Group. She has acted as lead counsel in many contentious disputes over custody, care and control, maintenance, and division of matrimonial assets, at both the district court and high court divisions of the Family Justice Courts. She has acted for both local and expatriate clients and has advised on cross-border issues such as relocation, international child abduction and conflict of laws.

Wen Yi has also helped clients negotiate out-of-court settlements, and advised clients on non-contentious matters such as drafting postnuptial agreements.

Her notable experience includes: Acting as lead counsel in a case where her client, the mother, was granted leave to relocate with the child, with only supervised access granted to the father; acting as lead counsel in a case where the Court reversed care and control of the young children in favour of her client, the father; and acting as lead counsel in a case before the High Court where her client, the ex-wife, was awarded 100% of the matrimonial home despite the ex-husband making substantial financial contributions towards its acquisition. The High Court released a 74-page judgment clarifying various principles on the division of assets.

Wen Yi is appointed by the Singapore Institute of Legal Education (SILE) as a course facilitator for the Family Law Practice module. She teaches family and matrimonial law to students seeking admission to the Singapore Bar.

Wen Yi is a member of the Singapore Association of Women Lawyers (SAWL) and volunteers at the legal clinics where she gives free legal advice to women who are unable to afford a lawyer.