Our Lawyers

Dorothy Tay graduated from the University of London with Second Class Honours in 1990. She was called to the English Bar in 1993, and conferred the title Barrister-At Law (Middle Temple). In the following year, Dorothy was called to the Singapore Bar.  During her Postgraduate Law Practice Course, she was awarded the Tan Ah Tah Book Prize for Professional Responsibility.

She worked with Central Provident Fund Board as a prosecutor for the Board, and headed a team of 8 enforcement officers.  Apart from handling all legal correspondence of the Board, she worked with the Board’s legal officers in reviewing the CPF Board’s policies.  

In 1993 Dorothy left the Board and joined Messrs. William Lai & Alan Wong as a legal.  In 2001 she was made a partner in the Banking Property and Finance Department of Khattar Wong & Partners.

During her stint at Khattar Wong & Partners, Dorothy acted for UOB in the merger with OUB, the largest merger of two local banks in Singapore legal history.  The complex documentation included dealing with the worldwide subsidiary branches to facilitate the transfer of assets.  She was in close collaboration with foreign counsel to address the formalities required in these multiple jurisdictions.  She also acted for UOB in their review of their security documentation to include the 2002 changes in banking law. 
She also advised DBS on their security documentation when DBS merged with POSB.  She acted for CPF Board in their review of their documentation following the new CPF rulings effected on 1st September 2002. 
In 2003, Dorothy joined LegalWorks Law Corporation as a director, and as one of its co-founders.

Dorothy specialises in negotiating and structuring complex conveyancing transactions. She has handled the sale and purchase by major property developers of condominiums, housing estates, commercial shopping complexes/office units, industrial warehouse/factories. She has also represented Singapore developers in their land developments outside Singapore.
She has also handled joint ventures relating to lands for development, tenders of land by government, public and private tenders/auctions, en bloc (collective) sales by individual owners.  

Dorothy has wide experience in issues relating to building or planning requirements, and subdivision, strata schemes and strata subdivision of buildings as well as all land disputes and inheritance of real estates. She also works closely with major Singapore real estate agencies on sale, purchase and subdivision of land for good class bungalows, tender of buildings and sale and leaseback of industrial properties.

Some of the notable transactions that Dorothy has been involved in include:

  • representing CGU Asia Pte Ltd (as they were then known) in their sale of CGU Building by tender and CPF Board in their purchase of the premises previously occupied by the Singapore Currency Board;

  • negotiating and completing the structuring of documentation to facilitate the eventual sale and lease back of the Trivec Building for S$32 million to Bermuda Trust (Singapore) Limited;

  • negotiating the sale and leaseback of Trivec Centre for S$16.75 million to HSBC Institutional Trust Services (Singapore) Limited; and the sale and leaseback of 138 Joo Seng Road for S$13 million;

  • acting in the purchase and reconstruction of land at Holland Park for $18.7 million;
  • acting in the  purchase, subdivision and sale of land at Leedon Park valued at over $60 million;

  • completing a S$4.85 million transaction with a Singapore trust company for the development of an extension building with a guaranteed rent claus;

  • acting in the sale and leaseback of Fook Tong Nam Building for S$13.4 million; and

  • acting the sale and leaseback for Prescrete Engineering Pte Ltd.   

In 2011, Dorothy handled property transactions for good class bungalows and subdivision of land in excess of $160 million in value. In 2012, she represented the vendors in the sale of Merchant Square for S$65 million.

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