Michelle WOODWORTH

Partner

 

Michelle Woodworth is a Partner in RHTLaw Taylor Wessing’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice.

Michelle graduated with LL.B (Hons) in 1995 before she was called to the Bar of England & Wales (Middle Temple) in 1996. She was admitted as an Advocate & Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore in 1998 after completing the Postgraduate Practical Law Course in 1997. In 2004, Michelle was admitted as a Legal Practitioner by the Supreme Court of NSW, Australia and in 2005, as a Solicitor & Barrister by the High Court of Australia.

After more than 12 years in private practice with a focus on Matrimonial Law, Michelle served as a District Judge of the Subordinate Courts of Singapore (now the Family Justice Courts) in the Family & Juvenile Justice Division from 2010 to 2012 before joining the Law Society of Singapore, as Director and Head of their Representation and Law Reform Department.

She is a successful Negotiator, Mediator and Litigator with a passion for the welfare of children. Her dedication in Family Law practice enables Michelle to assist husbands, wives and families when marriages break down. She is regarded by her peers as professional, respectful and knowledgeable in her area of practice.

Michelle holds the following appointments:    

  • IMI Certified Mediator (since 2015), International Mediation Institute (Profile can be viewed here)
  • SMI Certified Mediator (since 2016), Singapore International Mediation Institute
  • Senior Mediator (since 1 November 2016), Law Society Mediation Scheme
  • Collaborative Family Practitioner (since 2013), Singapore Mediation Centre
  • Mediator (2010 to 2015), Matrimonial Mediation Scheme, Singapore Mediation Centre
  • Mediator (since 2015), Family Panel, Singapore Mediation Centre
  • Volunteer Mediator (since 2013), Family Justice Courts
  • Court-Appointed Child Representative (since 2014), Family Justice Courts
  • Co-Chairperson (from 2016), the Law Society of Singapore’s Family Law Practice Committee (member since 2001, save for Sep 2010 to July 2014)
  • Member, the Law Society of Singapore’s Civil Practice Committee (since 2015)
  • Primary Justice Lawyer (since 2014), Community Justice Centre

Past contributions in which Michelle has been involved include:

  • Committee member, Committee for Family Justice, Subcommittee on Profession in 2013
  • Working group member, committee drafting the new Professional Conduct Rules under the Legal Profession Act, from 2012 to 2013
  • Primary Justice Project working committee member, from inception in 2012 to date
  • Participation in the Video Production of Child Court Proceedings in 2009 for the Family Court
  • Volunteer at Family Law Legal Clinic
  • Tutor for the Preparatory Course Leading to Part B of the Singapore Bar Examinations in Family Law, Ethics and Drafting since 2010
  • Speaker, Inaugural International Family Law Conference and Middle Temple Conference
  • Judging Panel, First Selection panel for interview to law faculty at SIM University
  • Speaker, Legal Practice Skills Development Seminar Series (Family Law) on “Divorce Proceedings in General”, Subordinate Courts on 18 May 2010
  • Member, Organising Committee, and co-emcee at the Children & the Law Conference held from 21 May 2009 to 23 May 2009, jointly organised by LawAsia and the Law Society of Singapore
  • Speaker, the Law Society of Singapore’s Seminar on Cross Border Issues on Children: Parental Abduction and Parental Relocation on 6 November 2008
  • Author of chapter on custody, care and control and access of children in a book launched in May 2005 entitled “The Art of Family Lawyering”
  • Editor, 2nd edition of “The Art of Family Lawyering” launched in January 2013
  • Speaker, the Law Society of Singapore’s Annual CPD Day 2014
  • Speaker, Introduction to the International Child Abduction Act, the Law Society’s Family Law Practice Seminars Series 2 on 14 May 2015
  • Moderator, Plenary Session, the Law Society’s Mediation Symposium on 20 May 2016
  • Speaker, Recent Developments in Law and Practice in the UK and Singapore, 2016
  • Speaker, International Family Law Conference 2016, The Future of Family Justice – International and Multi-Disciplinary Pathways

Michelle Woodworth’s clients express their affirmation in her:

  • “I found the following salient features of Michelle’s representation worthy of special note. She was able to identify and argue my case under a specific section of the relevant legislation which, until then, no other legal counsel I consulted with had been able to. It was because of that identification that I was able to obtain favourable judgment. She was able to maintain very cordial communication with the Defendant, as a consequence of which the Court Orders were executed swiftly and painlessly. I have kept in touch with Michelle even after five years since the judgment was delivered. This is testimony of how highly I think of her. Throughout this period, I have felt very comfortable approaching Michelle for help on a variety of legal matters in which has either helped, or pointed me in the direction of other counsel who has been as professional and pleasant to work with as her.”
  • “Michelle was very patient and did an excellent job of taking me through the process step by step when I was very anxious filing my divorce case. On my hearing days in the court, she asked the very pertinent questions to the opponent party and she defended me with impeccable professionalism without intimidating the opponent. She was pregnant at the early stage of my case and even when she was on her maternity leave, she took care of everything so carefully and delegated some tasks to her well qualified staff. I would strongly recommend her to anyone who needs to go through some issues in a family court. It’s been 5 years now, I am still in touch with her because of that impact she made on my life. Well done Michelle. Please keep up your great service to this society.”
  • “Michelle represented me in my divorce case. I live overseas and did not understand the legal system in Singapore. I also wanted the process to be as easy on my ex-wife as it could be given how emotionally difficult this situation can be. Michelle did an excellent job of not only representing me, but also explaining the legal procedures in Singapore and making the whole process as easy as possible on my ex-wife. Michelle was very understanding, thorough, and objective in her approach.”
  • “Michelle had represented and advocated for me several times, over the course of eight years, between 1998 – 2006, during my custody battles and other legal issues with my ex-wife. I am eternally grateful for the professional service which Michelle provided, as well as for her maturity in dealing with me and with my family during the stressful periods. Her ethical behaviour and moral character will definitely establish her as one of the best professionals in the industry and I would highly recommend Michelle to anyone who might need her counsel.”
  • “Ms Michelle Woodworth is a very professional and knowledgeable lawyer dealing with Family and Child matters in court. These qualities were evident since May 2015 when she helped me fight various legal issues such as a PPO and for child custody. She guided and advised on court proceedings, encouraged and affirmed me in telling my side of the story truthfully. Throughout, she was firm yet encouraging. When the legal tussle extended to the fight for the matrimonial flat, she was able to convince the judge to dismiss the case in my favour. The outcome of having Ms Woodworth represent me is that now I have a future to look forward to. Ms Woodworth is a very experienced lawyer. Furthermore, she has a very good team assisting her. They were meticulous and thorough in their work. I will recommend Ms Michelle Woodworth and her team for their professionalism in the area of Family Law. Thank you again Michelle.”
LL.B (Hons); Barrister (Middle Temple) England & Wales; Advocate & Solicitor, Singapore; Solicitor, NSW, Australia; Mediator, Family Panel, Singapore Mediation Centre; IMI and SIMI Certified Mediator; Senior Mediator, Law Society MediationScheme; Collaborative Family Practice Lawyer; Primary Justice Lawyer, Community Justice Centre; Court Appointed Child Representative; Family Justice Courts

 

Key Areas of Expertise:
Family & Matrimonial Law, Mediation & Collaborative Family Practice

 

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