Hoon Shu Mei

Associate Director, Dispute Resolution


  • LLB (Hons), The University of Manchester (2008)
  • Graduate Diploma in Singapore Law, National University of Singapore (2009)
  • Advocate & Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore (2010)
  • Accredited Mediator, Singapore Mediation Centre (2019)

Shu Mei has a very active practice handling highly contentious private client and matrimonial disputes. A majority of her cases involve international elements as well as complex legal and factual issues. She acts regularly for high profile individuals at all levels of the Singapore Courts as well as in negotiations and mediations.

Through mediation and a collaborative approach towards practice, she believes that solutions may be achieved even in the most complex of cases. Where highly contentious proceedings are necessary to protect a client’s rights, she supports her clients in preserving their peace and dignity in the most challenging of circumstances. Shu Mei also provides advice in relation to succession planning.

Shu Mei is an accredited mediator and an accredited Collaborative Family Practitioner.

In addition to her experience in private client and matrimonial work, Shu Mei has also represented corporations in international arbitrations under SIAC, ICC, CIETAC, UNCITRAL and DIAC rules and is a member of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators.

Shu Mei also speaks regularly about dispute resolution, family law, succession planning, and mediation at events and conferences.

Some of the matters Shu Mei has acted in are:

  • Successfully acting for a Wife and obtaining a Worldwide Freezing Order over assets worth approximately $40 million, in order to prevent dissipation of matrimonial assets by the Husband.
  • Advising a patriarch with net worth of over $5 billion regarding inter-related family law, private wealth and trust issues for 3 generations, and setting up various legal agreements and structures in place in order to protect family assets in the event of divorce, mental incapacity or death.
  • Represented a Father in a long-running High Court case over a minor child wherein complex psychiatric and psychological evidence was admitted successfully to prove a case of parental alienation, resulting in the successful reunification between father and child after 8 years of estrangement.
  • Successfully obtaining an injunction against a Father for attempted international child abduction in a highly contentious international divorce involving 3 minors, including obtaining an order for the psychiatric and medical examination of him.
  • Acting in a highly contested dispute between co-deputies of a person who lacks mental capacity under the Mental Capacity Act, and successfully obtained Orders regarding the discharge of a co-deputy on the ground of abdication of duties.
  • Advising and Acting for various private and higher education institutions in Singapore regarding their policies as regards children from atypical family backgrounds (adoptive, divorcing, separating etc.), highly contentious family backgrounds, including drafting various policies on child abuse, drugs, counselling, bullying, child’s rights (under the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child), including dealing with allegations of negligence.

Citywealth Leaders List

Recommended Lawyer in Family and Matrimonial work in 2020

Sources say: “Shu Mei represented me in matters related to a highly contentious divorce proceeding that involved several jurisdictions. It was quickly evident through working with her that she is knowledgeable, experienced and respectful. During the process she was very responsive and spent time to help me navigate all the issues and ensured that I understood the legal implications and potential risks involved in any actions so that I can make an informed decision. This included acting on my behalf to research and explore legal implications in other jurisdictions so that we have a comprehensive resolution. She conducted herself in an utmost professional manner, and clearly explained each step of the process to me. Her legal skills, expertise, efficiency and empathy are instrumental when navigating the difficult decisions often involved in family law proceeding.”

“Shu Mei was experienced and held her client’s hand and was able to reach a quick resolution to resolve the matter globally. She will seek a practical outcome and resolve the matter effectively for the client.”

  • Assessor, Panel of Assessors for COVID-19 Temporary Relief, Ministry of Law
  • Member, Law Society of Singapore Family Law Practice Committee
  • Member, Singapore Institute of Arbitrators
  • Accredited Mediator, Singapore Mediation Centre
  • Mediator, Singapore International Mediation Institute
  • Collaborative Family Practitioner, Singapore Mediation Centre
  • Member, International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • Nandakumar Ponniya & Hoon Shu Mei, chapter titled “Commencement of Arbitration”, Arbitration in Singapore: A Practical Guide (1st ed.,2014)
  • Randolph Khoo & Hoon Shu Mei, Singapore chapter of European Lawyer Reference Book series, “Family Law: Jurisdictional Comparisons” (2nd ed., 2013, 5th ed., 2020 (in publication))