Singapore Divorce Lawyer
LL. B (Hons.)(S'pore) MBA (Banking & Finance)
Mr Philip Lam
I have been practicing law for more than 25 years (since 1990).
Before that, I studied at the National University of Singapore (NUS) and I graduated with Second Class Upper Honours, Bachelor of Laws.
After that, I worked at Drew & Napier for 8 years before striking out on my own with two partners. In 2005, I started Lam & Co.
My focus is on getting my clients what they want, as smoothly as possible. To achieve this, I am always very open with my clients, they can always get me on the phone (unless I am in a meeting, in Court or out of the office) and I always return their calls after I finish with my meeting or Court attendance, etc. I also let them know as early as possible the Judge's requirements. In this way, they are fully prepared when the Court Hearing comes.
I have helped many clients over the years. Once, I had a client who wanted to take care of both the children but her spouse wanted one of the two children in order to apply for his own HDB flat. Initially, the spouse did not even care which of the two children went with him. Ultimately, after my input, the parties managed to amicably settle between themselves and I managed to get for them a comparatively rare type of Court Order: both parents to have "joint care and control" over both children who are to remain together and spend 4 days with one parent and 3 days with the other parent. This enabled my client to look after and monitor both children and also allowed both parents to apply for separate HDB flats. I have since managed to get this comparatively rare type of Court Order for at least another two other clients.
I feel that if my client believes in her heart that there is no future in the marriage, generally, my client should bring it to an end as smoothly as possible. This is vital in order for my client to get on with (and truly enjoy) the rest of her life.
I am deeply gratified every time I see how happy my clients are to receive their Final Judgment (Divorce). This is a new beginning for them and it is like a big load has lifted from their shoulders.
However, if the client has any doubt about whether the marriage can be salvaged, I always encourage them to try to save their marriage. On behalf of clients who wish to reconcile with their spouses, we do write to the other side to propose counseling in order to identify the underlying sources of friction so that they can be addressed.
Another big source of pride and gratification is the numerous and very generous thanks, praise and words of gratitude which I have received from my clients over the years.
Philip Lam - Divorce Lawyer
Founder of Lam & Co.
LL. B (Hons.)(University of Exeter, UK)
Miss Sharon Yeow
I read law at the University of Exeter, U.K and graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) in 2003. I subsequently obtained a Diploma in Singapore Law from the National University of Singapore and finally admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore in 2009.
Ever since being admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor, I have focused on developing my skills as a litigator. My legal career so far has encompassed mainly contentious matters. It is no exception at Lam & Co where I focus on contentious matrimonial matters. I am no stranger to the Singapore Courts and it can be said that the Courts are my second home.
Being involved in matrimonial matters widened my skills in handling, at most times, sensitive, emotional issues and clients. Having to accept that a once loving, committed relationship has come to an end, having to go through divorce is no easy feat. Most of my clients are first-time divorce applicants and have absolutely no idea what to expect, how to proceed, what to do to begin with even. Most of my clients come to me helpless yet, engulfed with extremely negative emotions. That said, I believe being a matrimonial lawyer requires the right personality and attitude, aside from advocate skills.
I am bubbly, cheerful, compassionate, positive and I listen intently to what my clients have to say. My personality eases my clients into opening up to me (a stranger) and discussing their most intimate issues. I empathize with their situations and show genuine concern. Sometimes, what it takes is only a caring, understanding gesture and a listening ear, and that is what people going through divorce need. I have been told by some of my clients that it did not feel like they were meeting with a lawyer because the mood, the atmosphere I created was not daunting but friendly and warm. I believe the client needs to be and feel comfortable before opening up and discussing their issues.
My clients range from 20-somethings to 60-somethings, both men and women. Contrary to the perception that female matrimonial lawyers side with female divorce applicants, so long as you are my client, I do my best to achieve your ultimate goals from the divorce. I have no prejudice whatsoever against either gender.