Relationship breakdown is difficult enough. Where it brings with it issues about children or money, guidance from an outstanding legal team can make all the difference.
The best advice in the worst of times
To practise family law at the highest level takes more than mastery of the law itself. It needs judgement, empathy, discretion, common sense. It involves a commitment to putting the welfare of children above all, as well as an understanding of the most complex financial arrangements. It demands a deep understanding of how to build an agreement, and how to succeed in court when there is no agreement to be found. It needs a willingness to listen.
Our approach is humane, sophisticated and pragmatic. We understand the needs of people with complex lives. Many of our clients are from international families. They often have significant assets. Several are in the public eye. We have pioneered a cross-disciplinary approach to family law, and work alongside our experts in tax and trusts, trust disputes, corporate law, immigration, property disputes and other areas of law to deliver a smart, bespoke service to our clients.
Today our work is not just about what happens once a relationship, be it marriage, civil partnership or unmarried cohabitation, breaks down. It is ever more important to plan for the future and we advise on a great range of relationship agreements and wealth preservation strategies.
Flexibility is key to our approach. With a leading family mediation practice as well as arbitrators and collaboratively trained lawyers, we are not afraid to recommend innovative ways to resolve disputes. Litigation should usually be the last resort, but we protect our clients’ interests fiercely - and successfully - when court proceedings are required.
We will always give you clear, realistic advice. We tell you what you need to know, even if it is not what you want to hear. We listen to your concerns and priorities and help you find the solution that works best for you, however difficult the circumstances. We are on your side.
Meet the Team
Why “Divorce Day” may come 3 months late in 2022
Asian Legal Business, eprivateclient and Legal Monitor report on the firm's appointment of a new Family team in Hong Kong
The firm has added a new family team in Hong Kong, including the hire of Lisa Wong as Partner.
Charles Russell Speechlys welcomes new Family team in Hong Kong
We are delighted to welcome a new Family team in Hong Kong, including the hire of Lisa Wong as Partner.
Top 4 thoughts on Family Law in retrospect for 2021 and in prospect for 2022
“You have a reason to leave this place, but I don’t.” – Ji-Yeong, Squid Game
In Hong Kong, the law protects parents who find themselves in a similar situation to Gi-Hun in the Netflix popular series, Squid Game.
Does Adultery Affect Divorce in Hong Kong?
In Hong Kong, divorce proceedings may proceed as long as the petitioner proves that their marriage has irretrievably broken down.
eprivateclient and Circle2Success report on Felicity Chapman’s relocation to the Cheltenham office to expand the firm’s Family law offering
Felicity Chapman has relocated to the firm's Cheltenham office to deal with increased client demand.
Sarah Jane Boon
Sarah Jane Boon writes for the Financial Times' Your Questions on whether financial claims can be pursued after an ex-spouse's death
Can financial claims be pursued after the death of an ex-spouse?
70-Year-Old husband strikes wife with hammer for leaving him
The significant rise of domestic abuse cases in light of the pandemic.
'Good Divorce Week' - Putting the children first
We’re technically married, we just haven’t signed the papers. What’s the difference?
Choosing to protect your interests, whether married or not, will always be a prudent approach.
Saying "I don't" - raising the minimum age for marriage
The President of the Family Division issues warnings to practitioners
Sarah Anticoni quoted by the Mail Online on the implications of the Marriage and Civil Partnership Bill on child marriage
The government is set to make it illegal to force teenagers to get married using a tough new law.
Matt Foster writes for Family Law on what happens if the person you are divorcing dies during the process
Divorce can feel like a death, but what happens if the person you are divorcing actually passes away?
No rights for unmarried fathers in Hong Kong
What unmarried fathers may not know is that the father’s lack of parental rights will result in childcare arrangements being in limbo.
Go easy on each other - divorcing the Adele way
Child abduction: A cautious approach
Matt and Dhara examine the power of the courts to make port alert orders and best practice when dealing with abduction risk cases
Legal aid in crisis – should “city firms” step in?
Impact of expert evidence - ND v GD  EWFC 53
What is the impact of expert evidence in family cases?