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Nur Liyana M. Sinwan

Senior Associate
Fax +65.6538.1311
Liyana Sinwan’s niche areas of practice include divorce, adoption and guardianship, wills and probate, and applications under the Mental Capacity Act. Ms. Sinwan handles family law and probate work in both the Civil Law and Syariah Law systems.

Ms. Sinwan has acted for clients from different corners of the world, including the United Kingdom, France, Turkey and Egypt, in matters involving cross-border disputes on the custody and access of children as well as the division of matrimonial assets. She has also represented clients in contested Estate matters spanning various jurisdictions.

Professional Background

Ms. Sinwan graduated from the Singapore Management University in 2012 and was admitted as an advocate and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore in July 2013.

In her early years of practice, Ms. Sinwan was exposed to a wide range of practice areas including civil and commercial litigation, matrimonial disputes, criminal matters, as well as conveyancing. She has acted for several high profile clients including an international hotel brand and a multinational construction company. She has represented clients in the Singapore Court of Appeal for civil litigation matters, as well as at the Syariah Appeal Board for Muslim divorce cases.


  • Nominated for Matrimonial and Family Law Firm of the Year 2017 (Asian Legal Business Award)

Professional/Civic Activities

Ms. Sinwan is a Member of the Muslim Law Practice Committee (MLPC) of the Law Society of Singapore. She has been a Member of the MLPC since 2014. As a Member of the MLPC, she was actively involved in consolidating and providing feedback to the Syariah Court on the proposed amendments to the Administration of Muslim Law Act (“AMLA”) and the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Rules in 2017.

Ms. Sinwan is a member of the Law Society of Singapore and the Singapore Academy of Law.
  • Advising and representing clients in guardianship applications and custody disputes, including cross-border issues.
  • Advising and representing clients in applications for personal protection orders and maintenance claims.
  • Advising on and drafting wills, including Syariah-compliant wills.
  • Advising on and drafting lasting powers of attorney.
  • Advising and representing clients in divorce.
  • Advising and representing clients in applications under the Mental Capacity Act.
  • Advising and representing clients in adoption.
  • Advising and representing clients in applications for Grant of Letters of Administration / Grant of Probate, including an application pertaining to an ancient estate going as far back as 1943.
  • Acting in a highly sensitive guardianship application: a grandmother fighting for the guardianship rights of her two granddaughters whose mother was allegedly murdered by their own father.
  • Advising on a Court of Appeal matter (divorce) representing a high net-worth client in a hotly disputed division of matrimonial assets