Michelle Woodworth

Director

Michelle was awarded “Family & Matrimonial Practice Lawyer of the Year” in Lawyer Monthly Legal Awards 2020 and ranked as a “Litigation Star” under the practice areas of Dispute Resolution and Matrimonial Law in Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific 2020.

Advocate & Solicitor, Singapore

Contact Me
+65 6622 0372
m.woodworth@quahewoo.com

After several years in private practice focusing on Family & Matrimonial Law, Michelle served as a District Judge at the Subordinate Courts of Singapore, Family and Juvenile Justice Division (now the Family Justice Courts) before joining the Law Society of Singapore, as Director & Head, Representation & Law Reform. She was the first Singaporean woman to be appointed as Certified Mediator under the International Mediation Institute and has an over 90% mediation settlement rate.

With over 23 years of experience in Family Law & Dispute Resolution, Michelle has a passion for the welfare of children. Her dedication to Family Law practice enables Michelle to assist husbands, wives and families reconstruct their lives when relationships break down; one child, one family, one day at a time.

Michelle is committed to Therapeutic Justice. Among client commendations:

“Michelle goes the extra mile. I had to reach out to her while working overseas. Though telcon was our mode of communication, I always felt like she was just next door. Her reassuring advice helped me build my mental strength. Michelle thinks one step ahead and ensured our proposals were future-ready. 20 years on, I am still benefiting from what she did for me. Her genuineness to uplift the community around her, to always extend help, can be clearly seen by the fact that my daughter chose to pursue a similar career path.”

Michelle’s ability is to very well understand the emotions running with all parties and manage the situation professionally without provoking or hurting the other party, essential for the wellbeing of the children involved in any divorce case, and to move on with co-parenting once the case is over”.

 

Appointments:

  • IMI Certified Mediator , International Mediation Institute (Profile can be viewed here)
  • SIMI Certified Mediator, Singapore International Mediation Institute
  • Senior Mediator, Law Society Mediation Scheme
  • Collaborative Family Practitioner, Singapore Mediation Centre
  • Accredited Mediator, Matrimonial Mediation Scheme, Singapore Mediation Centre
  • Accredited Mediator, Family Panel, Singapore Mediation Centre
  • Volunteer Mediator, Family Justice Courts
  • Volunteer Mediator, Syariah Court of Singapore
  • Court-Appointed Child Representative, Family Justice Courts
  • Parenting Coordinator, Family Justice Courts
  • Co-Chairperson, Law Society of Singapore Family Law Practice Committee 2016-2019
  • Member, Advisory Committee, Professional Conduct Council
  • Primary Justice Lawyer & Working Committee Member, Community Justice Centre
  • Panel Lawyer, Family Justice Support Scheme
  • Consultant, Editorial Board for Family Law, Lexis Nexis
  • Member, Multi-Disciplinary Team, PAVE
  • Doyles Leading Family Lawyer 2017
  • Doyles Recommended Family Lawyer 2018
  • Committee Member, SG75
  • Deputy Chairperson, Civil Legal Aid Means Test Panel

Contributions:

  • Member, Committee to Review and Enhance Reforms in the Family Justice System, 2018
  • Member, Selection Panel for Law Programmes, Singapore University of Social Sciences
  • Member, Committee for Family Justice, Subcommittee on Profession, 2013
  • Working Group Member, Committee drafting the new Professional Conduct Rules under the Legal Profession Act, 2012 to 2013
  • Working Committee Member, Primary Justice Project, Community Justice Centre
  • Tutor for the Preparatory Course Leading to Part B of the Singapore Bar Examinations
  • Participation in the Video Production of Child Court Proceedings, 2009
  • Volunteer at Family Law Legal Clinics
  • Moderator, Family Justice Practice Forum, 2 October 2018
  • Speaker, Litigation Conference, 2017
  • Speaker, Recent Developments in Law and Practice in the UK and Singapore, 22 to 23 September 2016
  • Speaker, International Family Law Conference, The Future of Family Justice – International and Multi-Disciplinary Pathways, 29 to 30 September 2016
  • Moderator, Plenary Session, the Law Society’s Mediation Symposium, 20 May 2016
  • Speaker, Introduction to the International Child Abduction Act, the Law Society’s Family Law Practice Seminars Series 2, 14 May 2015
  • Speaker, the Law Society of Singapore’s Annual CPD Day, 2014
  • Speaker, Legal Practice Skills Development Seminar Series (Family Law)on “Divorce Proceedings in General”, Subordinate Courts, 18 May 2010
  • Member, Organising Committee, and Co-emcee at the Children & the Law Conference, jointly organised by LawAsia and the Law Society of Singapore, 21 to 23 May 2009
  • Speaker, the Law Society of Singapore’s Seminar on Cross Border Issues on Children: Parental Abduction and Parental Relocation, 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
  • Contributor, Special Edition of “The Art of Family Lawyering” launched in January 2019
  • Chairperson, Organising Committee, Family Conference 2018 (inaugural) and 2019, developing the theme “Supporting, Healing and Reconstructing” (“Share”); one child, one family, one day at a time.

MORE ABOUT MICHELLE WOODWORTH

MEMBERSHIPS & ASSOCIATIONS

  • Member, Law Society of Singapore
  • Member, Singapore Academy of Law
  • Member, Law Society of New South Wales
  • Member, International Academy of Collaborative Professionals

PRACTICE AREAS

Michelle Woodworth

Director

Michelle was awarded “Family & Matrimonial Practice Lawyer of the Year” in Lawyer Monthly Legal Awards 2020 and ranked as a “Litigation Star” under the practice areas of Dispute Resolution and Matrimonial Law in Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific 2020.

Advocate & Solicitor, Singapore

Contact Me
+65 6622 0372
m.woodworth@quahewoo.com

After several years in private practice focusing on Family & Matrimonial Law, Michelle served as a District Judge at the Subordinate Courts of Singapore, Family and Juvenile Justice Division (now the Family Justice Courts) before joining the Law Society of Singapore, as Director & Head, Representation & Law Reform. She was the first Singaporean woman to be appointed as Certified Mediator under the International Mediation Institute and has an over 90% mediation settlement rate.

With over 23 years of experience in Family Law & Dispute Resolution, Michelle has a passion for the welfare of children. Her dedication to Family Law practice enables Michelle to assist husbands, wives and families reconstruct their lives when relationships break down; one child, one family, one day at a time.

Michelle is committed to Therapeutic Justice. Among client commendations:

“Michelle goes the extra mile. I had to reach out to her while working overseas. Though telcon was our mode of communication, I always felt like she was just next door. Her reassuring advice helped me build my mental strength. Michelle thinks one step ahead and ensured our proposals were future-ready. 20 years on, I am still benefiting from what she did for me. Her genuineness to uplift the community around her, to always extend help, can be clearly seen by the fact that my daughter chose to pursue a similar career path.”

Michelle’s ability is to very well understand the emotions running with all parties and manage the situation professionally without provoking or hurting the other party, essential for the wellbeing of the children involved in any divorce case, and to move on with co-parenting once the case is over”.

Appointments:

  • IMI Certified Mediator , International Mediation Institute (Profile can be viewed here) https://www.imimediation.org/member/michelle-woodworth/
  • SIMI Certified Mediator, Singapore International Mediation Institute
  • Senior Mediator, Law Society Mediation Scheme
  • Collaborative Family Practitioner, Singapore Mediation Centre
  • Accredited Mediator, Matrimonial Mediation Scheme, Singapore Mediation Centre
  • Accredited Mediator, Family Panel, Singapore Mediation Centre
  • Volunteer Mediator, Family Justice Courts
  • Volunteer Mediator, Syariah Court of Singapore
  • Court-Appointed Child Representative, Family Justice Courts
  • Parenting Coordinator, Family Justice Courts
  • Co-Chairperson, Law Society of Singapore Family Law Practice Committee 2016-2019
  • Member, Advisory Committee, Professional Conduct Council
  • Primary Justice Lawyer & Working Committee Member, Community Justice Centre
  • Panel Lawyer, Family Justice Support Scheme
  • Consultant, Editorial Board for Family Law, Lexis Nexis
  • Member, Multi-Disciplinary Team, PAVE
  • Doyles Leading Family Lawyer 2017
  • Doyles Recommended Family Lawyer 2018
  • Committee Member, SG75
  • Deputy Chairperson, Civil Legal Aid Means Test Panel

Contributions:

  • Member, Committee to Review and Enhance Reforms in the Family Justice System, 2018
  • Member, Selection Panel for Law Programmes, Singapore University of Social Sciences
  • Member, Committee for Family Justice, Subcommittee on Profession, 2013
  • Working Group Member, Committee drafting the new Professional Conduct Rules under the Legal Profession Act, 2012 to 2013
  • Working Committee Member, Primary Justice Project, Community Justice Centre
  • Tutor for the Preparatory Course Leading to Part B of the Singapore Bar Examinations
  • Participation in the Video Production of Child Court Proceedings, 2009
  • Volunteer at Family Law Legal Clinics
  • Moderator, Family Justice Practice Forum, 2 October 2018
  • Speaker, Litigation Conference, 2017
  • Speaker, Recent Developments in Law and Practice in the UK and Singapore, 22 to 23 September 2016
  • Speaker, International Family Law Conference, The Future of Family Justice – International and Multi-Disciplinary Pathways, 29 to 30 September 2016
  • Moderator, Plenary Session, the Law Society’s Mediation Symposium, 20 May 2016
  • Speaker, Introduction to the International Child Abduction Act, the Law Society’s Family Law Practice Seminars Series 2, 14 May 2015
  • Speaker, the Law Society of Singapore’s Annual CPD Day, 2014
  • Speaker, Legal Practice Skills Development Seminar Series (Family Law)on “Divorce Proceedings in General”, Subordinate Courts, 18 May 2010
  • Member, Organising Committee, and Co-emcee at the Children & the Law Conference, jointly organised by LawAsia and the Law Society of Singapore, 21 to 23 May 2009
  • Speaker, the Law Society of Singapore’s Seminar on Cross Border Issues on Children: Parental Abduction and Parental Relocation, 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
  • Contributor, Special Edition of “The Art of Family Lawyering” launched in January 2019
  • Chairperson, Organising Committee, Family Conference 2018 (inaugural) and 2019, developing the theme “Supporting, Healing and Reconstructing” (“Share”); one child, one family, one day at a time.

MORE ABOUT MICHELLE WOODWORTH

MEMBERSHIPS & ASSOCIATIONS

  • Member, Law Society of Singapore
  • Member, Singapore Academy of Law
  • Member, Law Society of New South Wales
  • Member, International Academy of Collaborative Professionals

PRACTICE AREAS