Michelle Woodworth

Michelle WoodworthMichelle Woodworth (IMI Accredited)

Areas of Expertise
Family, Family Business
English, Malay

Michelle is an IMI Certified Mediator. She became an Associate Mediator under the Singapore Mediation Centre’s (SMC) Matrimonial Mediation Scheme after successfully completing SMC’s accreditation assessment under the Family Law Mediation Pilot Project in 2009. She is now an Accredited Family Mediator under SMC’s Family Panel of Mediators after completing further mediation training and a Family Mediation Assessment in January 2015. Michelle also mediates at the Family Justice Courts and the Community Mediation Centre. When Michelle served as a District Judge in the Family Division of the Subordinate Courts (now the Family Justice Courts), she mediated numerous family matters. She continues to serve as a Volunteer Mediator in the Family Justice Courts. Michelle was admitted to SMC’s first empanelled Collaborative Family Practitioners in Singapore in July 2013, and was appointed a Primary Justice Lawyer (PJP) in May 2014 after the scheme was launched. She has been a committee member under the PJP’s working committee since 2012 and served as a trainer and facilitator for the first batch of PJP Lawyers. Michelle believes that there is a solution to every problem and has, to date, mediated over 250 cases in the Family Justice Courts, SMC and private mediation.
Other Qualifications and Experience
Michelle graduated with LL.B (Hons) and is an Advocate & Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore. Michelle has been admitted as a Legal Practitioner by the Supreme Court of NSW, Australia and 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. Michelle is now a Partner in RHTLaw Taylor Wessing’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice. On 1 October 2014, Michelle was appointed to the Family Justice Courts’ pioneer Panel of Child Representatives. She is Co-Chairperson of the Law Society’s Family Law Practice Committee and a member of its Civil Practice Committee. Foremost is her passion for the welfare of children and dedication to Family Law practice which enables Michelle to assist husbands, wives and families when marriages break down.
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