Family Law

16Mar2022

Nesting Arrangements – will separating parents flock to this concept?

For separating and divorcing parents, one serious consideration often is: how will this relationship change affect our children? And rightly so.    While the separation and divorce process involves the breakdown of the parent’s relationship, the children’s lives are inevitably turned over.  Often, the children will…Read More

12Jan2022

Results of 2022 Chambers Greater China Region Guide announced

Tanner De Witt is delighted once again to be recognised by Chambers & Partners in their inaugural 2022 Greater China Region Guide for each of its main practice areas. Please see full results and editorial commentary below. Corporate/M&A: Independent Hong Kong Firms (Band 2)Full ranking here. What the…Read More

30Nov2021

Joanne Brown and Elizabeth Seymour-Jones named as finalists in inaugural ALB Women in Law Awards

We are delighted to announce that Partner Joanne Brown and Registered Foreign Lawyer Elizabeth-Seymour Jones have been named as finalists in the inaugural Asian Legal Business Women in Law Awards. Joanne and Elizabeth are finalists in the Private Practitioner of the Year (North Asia) and…Read More

02Jul2021

Recognition of rights for same-sex partners and their children in Hong Kong

In a landmark ruling by the High Court last month the non-biological mother of two children born to her former same-sex partner was granted guardianship rights, joint custody and joint care and control of the children. The former couple had the children with the assistance…Read More

25Jun2021

High Court rules Housing Authority policy amounts to unlawful discrimination against same-sex spouses

In another step forward for same-sex rights in Hong Kong, the High Court today handed down a judgment confirming that the Housing Authority’s policy excluding same-sex married couples from their Home Ownership Scheme (“HOS”) amounts to unlawful discrimination on the ground of sexual orientation. The…Read More

15Jun2021

Legal update: Reciprocal enforcement of civil judgments of matrimonial and family cases in Hong Kong and Mainland China

Attempts to enforce civil judgments in family cases between Hong Kong and Mainland China have faced many difficulties in the past, despite Hong Kong’s reunification in 1997. With a view to promote further legal cooperation between the borders, on 20 June 2017, the Supreme People’s…Read More

12May2021

Benchmark Litigation 2021 rankings announced for Asia-Pacific

We are delighted to announce that we have once again been included in Benchmark Litigation’s 2021 Asia-Pacific rankings. It’s another milestone year for us as we are ranked in five categories this year, compared to four last year and two the year prior. Our awards…Read More

09Apr2021

What is a Deed of Guardianship and why is it important?

Members of our Wills, Probate and Trusts team answer some common questions about Deeds of Guardianship and why they are necessary. What is a Deed of Guardianship and how is it different from having guardianship provisions under a will? In the event of both parents…Read More

22Mar2021

Covid-19: Can children be separated from parents during quarantine? (March 2021 update)

This is an update to an article that was published in April 2020. Recently, an international school teacher tested positive after being linked to a spreading gym cluster. Consequently, a class of 8- to 9-year-old students were sent to the government quarantine centre. Following intervention…Read More

22Jan2021

Relocation amidst a pandemic: COVID-19 and a wish to permanently leave Hong Kong with children

23 January 2021 marks the one year anniversary of the confirmation that COVID-19 has spread to Hong Kong. In a year filled with uncertainties and challenges, following on from a year of protests in Hong Kong, our Family Practice has seen an increase in enquiries,…Read More

17Dec2020

Results of 2021 Chambers Asia-Pacific Guide announced

Tanner De Witt is delighted once again to be recognised by Chambers & Partners in their 2021 Asia-Pacific Guide for each of its main practice areas. Corporate/M&A: Independent Hong Kong Firms (Band 2) Full ranking here. What the team is known for Covers the full range of…Read More

04Dec2020

Tanner De Witt’s Family practice joins the HKFLA Christmas Quiz

On Tuesday 1 December, Tanner De Witt’s Family practice donned festive headgear and got ready for one of the top social events of the season – the Hong Kong Family Law Association’s Christmas Quiz. This year’s Quiz was held over Zoom due to ongoing social…Read More