Mary Ong is one of the founding Partners of the Firm.
She was called to the Bar of England and Wales (Lincoln’s Inn) in 1992 as a Barrister-at-Law. In April 1993, Mary was called to the Malaysian Bar and had worked in the state of Selangor and Johor where she last worked as a Lawyer with Allen & Gledhill , Johor Bahru , Malaysia.
In February 1998, Mary was called to the Singapore Bar and has since then been practicing law in Singapore.
In the course of her practice, Mary had a broad-based practice in civil, commercial and banking litigation, arbitrations and other areas of the law (including contested probate litigation) before eventually specializing in family and matrimonial law.
Mary fought her cases with passion and conviction and has successfully litigated in many contentious family disputes cases ranging from the division of matrimonial assets, maintenance, family violence to custody, care and control of children issues.
Mary has litigated in all levels of court in Singapore, including the Court of Appeal. In particular, Mary was the Lead Counsel in the first ever reported judgment in Singapore on parental alienation delivered by the High Court of Singapore [ABW v ABV (2014) SGHC 29], where she successfully argued that the children who had been alienated from their mother should be returned to their mother’s custody. In his keynote address in 2015, the Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon highlighted the case as an example of the law setting “the standard of responsible conduct expected of family members in managing conflicts”.
Mary is a member of the Law Society of Singapore and Singapore Academy of Law. She is also an Associate Mediator with Singapore Mediation Centre. For many years Mary has volunteered her legal services at the Meet-the-People sessions at the PAP Nee Soon South Branch and rendering free legal advice and services to Breakthrough Mission (a halfway house for drug rehabilitation).
Mary also renders legal consultation to the charitable arms of Touch Community Services. Recently, Mary has joined the membership of the newly established Soroptimist International of Singapore Orchid, in affiliation with Soroptimist International of South West Pacific seeking for a wider platform to educate women and the law.
Mary is conversant in oral and written English, Mandarin and Malay language. She conducted court trials in the Malay language when she practiced in Malaysia.
She has helped many Chinese nationals who reside in Singapore with their legal problems and communicated with them in Mandarin.
Mary is also fluent in Cantonese and Hokkien.