CLIFFORD LAW LLP

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Address : 1 Coleman Street
#08-04
The Adelphi
Singapore 179803
Tel : (65) 6223 4456
Fax : (65) 6223 1151
Email : enquiry@cliffordlaw.sg
Web : www.cliffordlaw.sg
Family Law

Family matters always involve emotions. Our family lawyers are well equipped with the knowledge and compassion to help clients going through a tough time. Our family lawyers offer practical and cost-effective legal advice and representation to you in an emotionally supportive environment. We will go through the intricacies and complexities of family law in clear and simple terms so that you can make an informed decision for your family and you. We will be with you at every step of the proceedings to ensure that your interests are protected.

Divorce is the commencement of proceedings to bring an end to a marriage and also to resolve the spousal rights with regard to matrimonial property such as the matrimonial home, other assets and, most importantly, the custody, care and control of any children from the marriage.

Though many divorce proceedings are uncontested, the remaining issues — known as the ancillary matters — require legal input as to what evidence needs to be adduced and how to argue a party's position to maximum benefit.

Another area of family law in which we have much experience is that of protection against domestic violence, as well as enforcing maintenance responsibilities against current or former spouses. This area is particularly difficult, as besides money, emotions run high and clients often have to attend Court to give their oral testimony to support their case. This is where we step in to assist clients to prepare for trial.

Our lawyers are experienced in a wide spectrum of family matters ranging from annulments, divorces, variation of Court orders, adoptions, obtaining custody and guardianship of children, Mental Capacity Act applications and Lasting Power of Attorney applications.
OUR LAWYERS:
 
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Viviene Sandhu
Partner
LL. B. (Hons), University of Liverpool
Barrister-at-Law (Middle Temple)
E-mail: vivienesandhu@cliffordlaw.sg
Phone: +65 6223 4456
 

Viviene graduated from the University of Liverpool in 1996. She was called to the Bar of England & Wales in 1997 (Middle Temple) and the Singapore Bar in 1998.

Viviene is an experienced advocate and has represented and defended clients in all areas of civil litigation with a primary focus in insurance and family law. She has represented insurance companies as well as personal claimants on claims and recoveries in relation to fatal accidents, personal injury and property damage, industrial accidents and workmen’s compensation. Throughout her 20 years of practice, Viviene has set several benchmarks for damages awarded in personal injury cases.

She has also handled a broad spectrum of cases ranging from amicable divorces to complex and contentious matters involving the division of matrimonial assets, custody and maintenance, at all levels of the Singapore Court hierarchy.

Her aim is to help simplify legal processes and ensure that everyone receives good quality legal advice.

Viviene is also an accredited mediator and arbitrator. She was recently appointed as a fellow with the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators and as a Senior Mediator in the Law Society Mediation Scheme.

In addition to this, she is an Associate Mediator with the State Courts and Singapore Mediation Centre, an Assigned Solicitor with the Legal Aid Bureau and a Primary Justice Lawyer with The Community Justice Centre.

Viviene is happily married with three children. She enjoys being a lawyer and helping others where she can.

Practice Areas
Civil Claims
Employment Law
Family Law
Mediation
Personal Injury Claims
Wills & Probate
General

Memberships and Positions
Advocate & Solicitor, Supreme Court of Singapore
Fellow, Singapore Institute of Arbitrators (SIArb)
Senior Mediator, Law Society of Singapore
Accredited Mediator, Regent’s University London
Mediator, Singapore International Mediation Institute (SIMI)
Associate Mediator, Singapore Mediation Centre (SMC)
Associate Mediator, State Courts
Member, Personal Injury/Property Damage (PIPD) Committee, Law Society of Singapore
Member, Singapore Academy of Law
Commissioner for Oaths

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Nicholas Aw
Partner
LL.B (Hons), University of Warwick
LL.M. National University of Singapore
Barrister-at-Law, (Lincoln’s Inn)
E-mail: nicholasaw@cliffordlaw.sg
Phone: +65 6223 4456
 

Nicholas was called to the English Bar in 1993 and to the Singapore Bar in 1994. He completed his Masters in Commercial Law at the National University of Singapore (NUS) in 1996.

He was an adjunct lecturer at NUS and a tutor at Temasek Polytechnic for over a decade. In addition, he also helped out at the then Board of Legal Education and tutored postgraduate students in Commercial Law to prepare them to be called to the Singapore Bar.

Nicholas has been a Partner with Clifford Law LLP since 2006 and his practice areas are in Estate, Property and Strata Management. He is also Lead Counsel in the Legal Assistance Scheme for Capital Offences.

Much of his practice now in the fast-emerging world of FinTech, Ad Tech, Artificial Intelligence, blockchain technology and Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs). He believes that there is huge promise in this area and even though it is early times in this technology, it will shake up the financial industry in the next decade.

Practice Areas
Company Law
Criminal Law
IP & Entertainment Law
Real Estate & Strata Management
Wills & Probate

Memberships and Positions
Advocate & Solicitor, Supreme Court of Singapore
Commissioner for Oaths
Notary Public
Advisor, Disabled People’s Association
Associate Mediator, Singapore Mediation Centre (SMC)
Accredited Mediator, Regent’s University London
Member, Singapore Academy of Law
Mediator, Singapore International Mediation Institute (SIMI)

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Michael Loh
Partner
LL.B. (Hons), National University of Singapore
E-mail: michaelloh@cliffordlaw.sg
Phone: +65 6223 4456
 

Michael was called to the Singapore Bar in 1992 after graduating from the National University of Singapore.

A large portion of his practice involves family and divorce matters. Michael approaches these cases as both a legal practitioner and a family-oriented individual. Michael understands that divorce proceedings involve emotional issues which may or may not be adequately addressed using only legal means — so he is able to advise clients based on a larger picture.

In the area of general litigation, he has handled defamation cases, will disputes, trusts, claims over joint assets and information technology issues. Most recently, he handled two pre-litigation evidence seizure cases (Anton Pillar Orders).

In criminal matters, he has helped clients obtain fair results, including the reduction of penalties and forfeiture of bail.

Currently, he acts as an advisor to several companies, assisting them in their legal and non-legal matters and issues, including restructuring exercises.

In the field of Entertainment Law and Intellectual Property Law, he counts well-known celebrities and talent management companies among his clients.

Married with two school-age boys, he is an alumnus of Anglo Chinese School and Junior College.

Practice Areas
Civil Claims
Company Law
Criminal Law
Family Law
IP & Entertainment Law
Wills & Probate

Memberships and Positions
Advocate & Solicitor, Supreme Court of Singapore
Associate Mediator, Singapore Mediation Centre (SMC)
Commissioner for Oaths
Notary Public
Member, Singapore Academy of Law
Mediator, Singapore International Mediation Institute (SIMI)

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Montague Choy
Partner
LL.B. (Hons), University of Liverpool
Barrister-at-Law (Middle Temple)
E-mail: montychoy@cliffordlaw.sg
Phone: +65 6223 4456
 

Monty specialises in private client matters, corporate and commercial law, having chalked up some impressive work experience as Head of Risk and Credit Management and Corporate Affairs manager at an established large local law firm. His areas of expertise include private wealth planning and structuring, family and personal law, structuring of companies (onshore and offshore), mergers and acquisitions, fund raising activities and commercial transactional matters.

Given the private client needs, Monty also handles criminal and civil disputes and the setting up of trusts and estate planning.

Monty also serves as independent legal counsel and advises the Boards of many corporate clients, which include both onshore and offshore entities.

In the area of family law, Monty adopts a holistic mediatory approach to individuals facing domestic issues and conflict.

Despite his busy schedule, Monty conducts a commercial legal clinic at the Economic Development Centre @ ASME at Bukit Merah and ensures the smooth running of a pro-bono legal clinic at Henderson Community Centre in Tanjong Pagar.

Monty is married, and has a son.

Practice Areas
Bankruptcy
Civil Claims
Company Law
IP & Entertainment Law
Wills & Probate

Memberships and Positions
Advocate & Solicitor, Supreme Court of Singapore
Committee member, Singapore Academy of Law
Legal Clinic Advisor, Association of Small and Medium Enterprises
Pro bono Clinic, Henderson Community Centre
Pro bono Clinic, Catholic Lawyers Guild
Member, Singapore Academy of Law

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Julian Neo
Associate
LL.B. (Hons), University of Leicester, UK
E-mail: julianneo@cliffordlaw.sg
Phone: +65 6223 4456
 

Julian graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the University of Leicester in 2015.

Upon returning to Singapore, Julian performed both his relevant legal training and practice training contract in the Insurance Department at Clifford Law. He was admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore in 2017.

Julian's main area of expertise is in personal injury plaintiff litigation, and he has assisted in numerous high-value cases involving debilitating injuries such as amputation, spinal injuries and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder ('PTSD'), including the following High Court cases:

  • A claim by a foreign ship captain who was injured on the job, involving technical issues of shipyard design and safety procedures. Matters of quantum included severe injuries and leg amputation, and overseas loss of future earnings and future medical expenses.
  • Successfully rebutting the first case in Singapore on whether a vehicle passenger could be held contributorily negligent for failing to take over control from a driver who was dozing off. On quantum, the plaintiff passenger was trapped in the crashed vehicle for 45 minutes and suffered from multiple crush injuries, limb shortening and severe PTSD.

He has also assisted in a variety of cases in the State Courts and Family Justice Courts, including contractual claims, matrimonial and mental capacity matters.

Julian is bilingual in English and Mandarin.

In his free time, Julian is an avid ultimate frisbee player and enjoys reading Terry Pratchett.

Practice Areas
Civil Law
Wills & Probate
Criminal Law
Personal Injury

Memberships and Positions
Advocate & Solicitor, Supreme Court of Singapore
Member, Law Society of Singapore
Member, Singapore Academy of Law

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Gabriel Choo
Associate
LL.B. (Hons), University of Liverpool, UK
E-mail: gabrielchoo@cliffordlaw.sg
Phone: +65 6223 4456
 

Gabriel graduated among the top of his cohort from the University of Liverpool, United Kingdom with a Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) in 2015 and achieved prizes for overall best assessment performance in all three years in university and a book prize for best assessment in European Union Law.

Gabriel returned to Singapore to complete his relevant legal training, practice training contract and the Singapore Bar Admission Course where he attained a distinction in land law. He was admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore on 29 August 2017.

Gabriel has assisted in a myriad of matters including civil and general litigation, matrimonial and ancillary issues, wills and probate and criminal matters, amongst other things. His current emphasis is on personal injury and matrimonial matters.

Outside of law, Gabriel is a massive movie buff and an avid football fan.

Practice Areas
Civil Law
Wills & Probate
Criminal Law
Personal Injury

Memberships and Positions
Advocate & Solicitor, Supreme Court of Singapore
Member, Law Society of Singapore
Member, Singapore Academy of Law

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Estelle Moh
Associate
LL. B. (Hons), Singapore Management University
E-mail: estellemoh@cliffordlaw.sg
Phone: +65 6223 4456
 

Estelle graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree from Singapore Management University, and was admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore in 2016.

Estelle has assisted in a wide variety of cases in all levels of the Singapore Courts, including matrimonial matters, adoptions and guardianships, probate and administration, general litigation, criminal matters and intellectual property.

Estelle can communicate effectively in English and Mandarin. She is a patient listener who firmly believes in working together with clients to resolve their problems.

In her free time, Estelle loves to spend time with her loved ones, explore Singapore on her urban inline skates, and enjoy music with friends.

Practice Areas
Family Law
Criminal Law
IP & Entertainment Law
Wills & Probate

Memberships and Positions
Advocate & Solicitor, Supreme Court of Singapore
Member, Law Society of Singapore
Member, Singapore Academy of Law

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Jia Ying Chow
Associate
LL. B. (Hons), University of Singapore
E-mail: jiayingchow@cliffordlaw.sg
Phone: +65 6223 4456
 

Jia Ying Chow graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree from the National University of Singapore in 2016.

She was admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore in 2017.

Prior to joining the firm, Jia Ying dealt with mainly intellectual property, corporate and probate matters. Currently, her practice revolves around civil litigation. She has assisted in both State Court and High Court matters.

Jia Ying is bilingual in English and Mandarin.

In her free time, Jia Ying loves dancing, doing yoga and spending time with friends by the beach. She also enjoys backpacking and the occasional whisky.

Practice Areas
Company Law
Civil Claims
Family Law
IP Law
Personal Injury Claims
Wills & Probate

Memberships and Positions
Advocate & Solicitor, Supreme Court of Singapore
Member, Law Society of Singapore
Member, Singapore Academy of Law

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Jasmine Dhanaraj
Associate
LL. B. (Hons), University of Leeds, UK
E-mail: jasminedhanaraj@cliffordlaw.sg
Phone: +65 6223 4456
 

Jasmine graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the University of Leeds in 2015.

She was admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore in 2017.

Jasmine has experience in various areas of law, both in criminal and civil litigation, in the State Courts as well as the High Court. Jasmine currently practices civil litigation with a special focus on personal injury claims.

Jasmine is bilingual in English and Tamil.

In her free time, Jasmine enjoys binging on Netflix and fancy cocktails.

Practice Areas
Civil Claims
Family Law
Personal Injury Claims
Wills & Probate

Memberships and Positions
Advocate & Solicitor, Supreme Court of Singapore
Member, Law Society of Singapore
Member, Singapore Academy of Law