Clement Yap

Clement Yap

Of Counsel
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Clement is an Of Counsel in the Family and Divorce Practice Group. He specialises in contested matrimonial litigation regarding custody/care & control, relocation, division of matrimonial assets, maintenance, and conflicts of law. He has acted as lead counsel in the Family Justice Court, Supreme Court and Syariah Court.

Clement is also in charge of adoption matters in the Family and Divorce Practice Group.

Clement has been involved in many notable decisions, such as:-

1. VIG v VIH [2020] SGHCF 16

Clement acted for the husband in this case which involved the division of matrimonial assets exceeding SGD 35 million in value. The High Court found for the husband and divided the matrimonial assets 70% (Husband): 30% (Wife) even though the wife had sought 50%. This case involved a novel point of law regarding the treatment of performance bonuses as matrimonial assets.

2. UTL v UTM [2019] SGHCF 10

Clement acted for the husband in his case involving the division of matrimonial assets exceeding SGD 10 million in value. This case was unique in that the Wife claimed she lost large sums of monies through bad investments and/or loans. At the hearing the team successfully convinced the High Court to reinstate some of the ‘lost’ sums back into the pool for division.

3. UQN v UQO [2018] SGFC 107

The team acted for the Wife who sought to relocate from Singapore to the USA with her three young children. The proceedings were strenuously resisted by the Husband. Leave of Court was successfully obtained and the Wife was able to leave Singapore with the children.

4. BZD v BZE [2020] SGCA 1

Successfully resisted an ex-wife’s appeal to increase the maintenance payable by her ex-spouse almost a decade after the end of the marriage

5. UGH v UQO [2020] SGFC 86

Successfully argued a novel point of law regarding the jurisdiction of the Family Justice Court and the interaction with foreign Courts that have concurrent jurisdiction

In addition to his practice, Clement teaches at the National University of Singapore’s (‘NUS’) Faculty of Law.

From Academic Year 2022-2023 onward Clement has taken on the position as an Adjunct Lecturer, designing and teaching the Specialised Family Law module. The module will provide NUS Law students with a good grounding in advanced family law issues, such as relocation of children, international child abduction, adoption in non-traditional family units, conflicts of law, and financial relief consequent on foreign divorces.

From 2018 to 2022 Clement was previously an instructor for the Legal Analysis and Communication Course, a compulsory course for first year law students covering legal analysis, research skills as well as written and oral advocacy.

Clement also co-authored the commentary for the Family Justice Act 2014 for LexisNexis’ Annotated Laws of Singapore series.

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