Principal Senior Associate
Advocate and Solicitor, Singapore
LLB (Hons), University of Birmingham, Class of 1995
- Family Law (Divorce and Custody)
- Estate Planning (Wills, Trust and Probate)
- Disputes Resolution
- Debt Recovery
- Enforcement Proceedings
- Tenancy and MCST disputes
- Personal Injury and Motor Accident Claims
- Criminal Defence
- Corporate and Commercial
Nancy Thio is an Affiliate Principal Senior Associate at Yuen Law and a respected legal practitioner with over a decade of legal experience. She has handled a diverse array of legal matters across various fields of law, and has a strong interest in family law.
Her pragmatic approach in handling cases is underpinned by a strong work ethic and an unwavering commitment to her clients. Additionally, her proficiency in English, Mandarin and Bahasa Indonesia helps her communicate effectively with clients from various backgrounds as she guides them through their legal proceedings.
Nancy’s legal career began at two of Singapore’s largest law firms, where she specialised in corporate and commercial law, with a focus on corporate finance, public listings and general corporate matters.
She had several secondments as in-house legal counsel to American Express Bank, Tyco International and Shell Singapore. This exposure to operations in large corporations afforded her a broader perspective on complex business transactions, stakeholder goals and standards, impelling her to refine her skills in drafting contracts, negotiations and risk management.
In 2018, Nancy joined a small legal firm and began to shift her focus towards family law, with a particular emphasis on matrimonial cases, probate matters, and wills and trusts for legacy planning. Nancy recognises the complexities that family dynamics can add to these cases, and takes an empathetic and pragmatic approach to help her clients navigate legal principles and procedures towards a best possible outcome.
On criminal defence matters, Nancy has acted for clients in plead-guilty mentions, plea mitigation and trials against the National Environment Agency (NEA), the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) and the Attorney-General’s Chambers.
Nancy also has a deep passion for giving back to the community, generously volunteering her time and legal expertise to various pro bono initiatives. She is a board member of Wicare Support Group and the Children’s Cancer Foundation, both charities with Institution of Public Character (IPC) status. She also helms the legal clinic at her constituency’s Meet-the-People Sessions at Moulmein Cairnhill.
Nancy enjoys travelling, going on new adventures, spending quality time with her 3 children, playing tennis, and indulging in delicious cuisine. Fun fact: Nancy is allergic to bad food and enjoys feeding people, especially loved ones. She, together with her mum, runs a home-based business cooking and catering Indonesian food!
Represented the wife in a rare contested divorce case that resulted in the Court dismissing the husband’s divorce petition. The husband filed for divorce on the grounds of his wife’s alleged unreasonable behaviour. Nancy Thio argued that her client’s actions should be viewed in the context of the situation, contending that the husband had informed his wife that he was having an extramarital affair, and intended to divorce her and abandon their child, which understandably caused her deep emotional distress and instability. As a result of Nancy’s arguments, the wife succeeded in her defence, and the husband was ordered to pay a specified sum in costs. This unique case was featured in the Straits Times in April 2020, with Nancy’s arguments being quoted. VGT v VGU  SGFC 32