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Kee Lay Lian


Practice Area:

Commercial Litigation
Family, Probate & Trusts

LLB (Hons), National University of Singapore
Advocate & Solicitor, Supreme Court of Singapore
Commissioner for Oaths
Notary Public

T +65 6232 0566

Kee Lay Lian graduated from the National University of Singapore in 1985 and is called to the bar in 1986.

She has been at the firm since 1986 and she has dealt with a diversity of cases ranging from banking, insurance, trade marks, land law, employment disputes to commercial and family law. With 3 decades of experience in a range of cases, Lay Lian currently specializes in Family Law, Adoption, Commercial Litigation and Trust.

She has successfully dealt with complex family cases involving cross-jurisdiction issues over assets, maintenance and children.

She also act in contentious probate, trusts and succession disputes. 

She is listed as Preeminent family lawyer in Leading Singapore Family for Divorce Lawyers, 2015 by Doyles Family Lawyer Guide.

  • Acted for Chinese claimants to establish their claims in a trust case where the estate of a tycoon was held in trust for 48 years before distribution. This involves the Chinese law on marriage and adoption.
  • Acted for a listed Hotel in employment issues and on various tenancy matters.
  • Acted for insurance companies in third parties’ claims and performance bonds.
  • Probate, trust, adoption and matrimonial disputes.
  • Acted for Claimants against a hospital for medical negligence suit.
  • Acted for brain injury victim in a road accident.
  • Rendered expert opinion on Singapore Family Law for foreign litigation.
  • Litigation and advisory work including separation, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, divorce, children and financial disputes often involving cross jurisdictions, substantial assets and urgent applications to prevent disposal of assets etc.
  • Wills and wealth planning involving testamentary trust and substantial assets worldwide.
Court Cases
  • Wong Kai Woon & Anor v Wong Kong Hom & Ors [2000] SGHC 176
  • Seah Yit Chen v SBS (1978) Ltd [1990] 3 MLJ 144
  • IW v IX [2006] 1 SLR 135 (succeeded on appeal)
  • Re: Estate of Lim Yew Teok [2008] SGHC 128
  • Shih Shin Wang-Liu v Tsai Pei Lun Betty [2006] SGHC 196
  • Leong Yiu Khao v Ng Geok Choo [2004] SGDC 299
  • VT v VU [2008] SGDC 1
  • British & Malayan Trustees Ltd & Anor v Chng Heng Tee & Anor [2008] SGHC 2
  • Marcy Susan Kleinman v Raymond Mark Adelman [2009] SGDC 223
  • AYM v AYL [2013] 1 SLR 924
Memberships / Directorships
  • Deputy Co-ordinator of the Singapore Institute of Legal Education (SILE) course for Wills, Probate Administration since 2013
  • Facilitator for Family Law in SILE
  • Senior Teaching Fellow of SILE with effect from 2011
  • Member of Singapore Academy of Law
  • Committee member of SAFRA Legal Information Service since 2009
  • Associate Mediator of the Singapore Mediation Centre
  • Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers
  • Collaborative Family Practitioner
  • Member of the Law Society of Singapore Family Law Practice Committee
  • Member of the Law Society of Singapore Probate, Wills & Succession Practice Committee