Family Law

13Mar2020

Should I get a divorce? The legal and financial implications behind remaining married but separated

Making the decision to divorce is often not an easy one. There are many reasons why married couples may opt to separate rather than progress legal proceedings to divorce. Whether it is for religious reasons, a desire to maintain the status quo and a family…Read More

06Mar2020

Recognition of Paternity in Hong Kong

Under Hong Kong family law, a man is presumed to be the biological father of a child if he is married to the woman who gave birth to the child. As this circumstance accounts only for some of the circumstances of the birth of a…Read More

04Mar2020

Hong Kong’s High Court rules Government’s discrimination against same-sex couples in public housing policy unconstitutional

In a decision handed down today the High Court has ruled that the Hong Kong Housing Authority (“HA”)’s exclusion of same-sex couples from eligibility for public housing as “Ordinary Families” is unlawful and unconstitutional. Background Applications to the HA for public housing are available to…Read More

20Feb2020

Considerations for parents when planning travel with children during the COVID-19 outbreak

Closure of schools and public spaces The Hong Kong Education Bureau has announced that all schools in Hong Kong are to remain closed until at least 16 March 2020 in consideration of the ongoing public health concerns related to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus…Read More

20Feb2020

Sharenting – risks and tips to sharing information about your children online

What is Sharenting? Sharenting is the phenomenon where parents (over)share information, usually pictures of children, on the internet.  The act itself is so prevalent that it is now a term defined in the Collins English Dictionary as “the habitual use of social media to share…Read More

12Feb2020

Legal update: MK v Government of HKSAR – High Court holds marriage does not extend to same sex couples

The Hong Kong courts have had much cause to consider equality rights in a number of cases in the past two years, particularly in respect of the recognition of same sex rights in Hong Kong. The Court of Final Appeal (CFA) has recently handed down…Read More

13Dec2019

Tanner De Witt sponsors the 12th Asia Private Banking and Family Office Summit 2019

Our China Practice Group recently returned from Shenzhen where they sponsored the 12th Asia Private Banking & Family Office Summit, organised by Banyan Legacy, taking place on 11 – 12 December. Partners Pamela Mak and River Stone attended along with solicitors Adrian Au, Jonathan Yeung,…Read More

06Dec2019

Results of 2020 Chambers Asia-Pacific Guide announced

Tanner De Witt is delighted once again to be recognised by Chambers & Partners in their 2020 Asia-Pacific Guide for each of its main practice areas in particular its Band 1 ranking for Labour and Employment. Employment: Hong Kong Law (International Firms) — China (Band 1) Strengths: One client…Read More

20Nov2019

Tanner De Witt commemorates the 30th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child

Today marks 30 years since the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), a treaty recognising the unique and inherent vulnerability of children and their need for protection. It is the most widely ratified human rights treaty which…Read More

17Oct2019

Q&A with Joanne Lam – Matrimonial Lawyer

Joanne is a Solicitor in our Family Law team having joined Tanner De Witt in March 2017 and completed her two year training contract. Before embarking on her legal career, Joanne worked as a journalist in Hong Kong covering global business trends with a particular focus on…Read More

16Oct2019

Self care during a divorce

Going through a divorce can be a particularly difficult and trying time. Although expert legal advice can offer guidance and support with the legal jargon, paperwork and proceedings, what other assistance is available to a family in helping them cope with the challenges of divorce?…Read More

05Oct2019

Tanner De Witt attends Private Client Forum Asia 2019

Members of the firm’s Family and Private Client, Wills and Trusts Department attended the Private Client Forum Asia that was held at the St Regis, Wan Chai, Hong Kong on 20 September 2019. Delegates from across the globe attended the conference, with panel speakers from…Read More