Kanyavee Kitthanawong (Kay), Associate
I am a paralegal with proven analytical and critical thinking skills. Innovative and result drive in a pressure environment. Ability to effectively self-manage during independent projects, as well as collaborate as part of a productive team. I am very passionate about inclusion and diversity in the workplace. I enjoy the spectrum of transactions to dispute resolution disciplines and engaging with clients to offer practical solutions.
  • Chinese Language School, Chinese Language Division, Language Centre, National Taiwan University, Scholarship student under Huayu Enrichment Scholarship 2022
  • Prince of Songkla University, Bachelor Degree of Laws, 2018-2021
  • University of Malaya Exchange law student Kuala Lumpur, Participant student within conference “Climate Change Law: Past, Present and Beyond” Malaysia 2019
  • South West University of Political Science & Law Chongqing, China, Exchange law student 2018

Kay is an observant, analytical and measured person with a strong degree of commercial awareness based on her own entrepreneurial activities. She can switch from transactional engagements to dispute oriented engagements in her stride and is developing her arbitration and dispute resolution skillset amongst her peers and supervisors.

Approachable Versatlie and Forthright
Can handle transactions and/or litigation

Kay was born in Yala province and spent most of her early adult, study-life and professional life in Hatyai, Songkhla. She also spent time on an Exchange program in China and embraces cultural and social diversity having learned Chinese to a reasonable degree of proficiency in addition to English and her native Thai language. Kay decided to forego the trappings of the City and relocate to Phuket, to pursue her dual passions of legal practice.

International Experience
Embraces Cultural and Social Diversity

Kay has developed a multi-disciplinary mindset through exposure to transactions, legal problems and disputes in a legal, accounting, audit, tax and advisory environment. She has applied this to being practical and thinking about matters in an expansive wide sense. This, combined with her business mind set means she is well adjusted to understand client objectives and the flow of a transaction or contentious matter.

Multi-Disciplinary Mindset
Experienced in Legal, Accounting, Tax and Audit Advisory


Bachelor Degree of Laws – Prince of Songkla University, Songkhla, Thailand


Scholarship student under Huayu Enrichment Scholarship 2022 – Chinese Language School, Chinese Language Division, Language Centre, National Taiwan University


Participant student within conference “Climate Change Law: Past, Present and Beyond” – University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Exchange law student 2018 – South West University of Political Science & Law Chongqing, China

Multi-Disciplinary Thinking

Kay has worked on deals alongside auditors; tax advisers and accountants so is able to see a client problem or objective from different perspectives and offer a rounded view in keeping with her experiences.

Dispute Resolution Expertise

Kay has worked on several dispute resolution/arbitration matters including in relation to Personal Protective Equipment fraud and breach of obligations in trade deals. She therefore has an understanding, as counsel, in the issues and procedures of arbitration. She is also adept enough to conduct investigative work, observe state agency and private entity conduct and produce witness testimony for use in arbitral proceedings.

Contracts - Negotiations, Amendments and Execution

Kay often works on corporate, commercial and real estate matters requiring involvement from the initial understanding – Memorandum of Understanding; Letter of Intent or Reservation Agreement stage, through to transactional documents, deliverables and execution of completion.

Thai Law Legal Research, Fact Analysis and Legal Opinions

Kay has repeated experience with receiving instructions on commercial issues and problems, analysing those problems in the Hughes Krupica team, researching the law combined with her pre-existing knowledge as a licensed Thai attorney-at-law, and converting this information and knowledge into a pointed refined and practical legal opinion for clients to present to their investors, boards to consider before taking decisions involving risk and strategy.

Friendly, New and Old Generation Minded

Kay combines her friendly personable nature with a young but open perspective on global legal and commercial issues.

Versatile Team Player

Kay studied in Songkhla, lives in Phuket, works for Hughes Krupica in Phuket, and international operations and will, with ease, travel to Bangkok or another Province to complete a task, attend a function, seminar or training and development program or carry out vital court, dispute resolution or transactional work.


Kay has passion of scuba diving and under sea world. She enjoys spending time with diving which can make her limited free time is valuable.


Kay also has an interest in photography. She mostly likes to take some photos in each precious traveling places with her own camera.


Kay often spend time to travel both in Thailand and abroad. As traveling can explore the new experience in her life. She loves to learn from her traveling.

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