Yi Xian is enrolled as an Australian Lawyer in the Supreme Court of Victoria, Australia in 2012, after graduating from the University of Melbourne, Australia in 2011. She was admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore in 2016.
Besides her law degree, Yi Xian holds a Bachelor of Arts (Media & Communications) degree from the University of Melbourne, Australia. She is fluent in both English and Mandarin.
Yi Xian has experience in various aspects of local and international matrimonial law, and works closely with the firm’s Head Lawyer & Managing Partner, Ms. Gloria James-Civetta, on various complex family law disputes involving child custody, division of matrimonial assets and variation of court orders. She has represented, assisted and advised both local and expatriate clients on every step of divorce proceedings up to trial, and has helped to formulate tailored matrimonial proposals and agreements best suited to clients’ needs and circumstances.
She strongly believes that clients should first explore alternative dispute resolution avenues such as mediation and/or counselling to reach an amicable settlement, before commencing divorce proceedings as a last resort. Yi Xian always strives to minimise the emotional stress of all parties involved, and sees her role as a family lawyer to be as much a counsellor as an advisor, to patiently assist people at vulnerable points in their lives.
When push comes to shove, she is also dedicated to safeguarding her client’s best interests, and has no qualms about pursuing a matter all the way to a contested trial if it will mean that her client will obtain a more fair and equitable outcome.
In conducting her files, Yi Xian excels in helping her clients demystify and make sense of the law and each party’s legal obligations and positions. She is no stranger to drafting comprehensive and detailed pieces of legal advice, to enable her clients to get a full picture of their rights, entitlements and their likely outcomes at trial. She endeavours to ensure that her clients are always well-informed, regularly updated and reassured throughout every step of the proceedings as to their available options and the best way forward to minimise costs and maximise results.
The areas of matrimonial law that she advises on include the following:
“I believe in collaborative practices and win-win outcomes, and in preserving family ties where feasible and in the children’s best interests. Although matrimonial disputes may initially seem daunting, I commit myself to being my clients’ brother’s keeper, constantly watching their backs and looking to minimise their pain.”