Joanne Brown

09Feb2023

Transgender appellants win appeal in Q, Tse Henry Edward v Commissioner of Registration [2023] HKCFA 4

The Court of Final Appeal handed down a landmark ruling that a policy on HKID card amendment adopted by the Commissioner of Registration was unconstitutional. The Commissioner of Registration adopts a policy which requires individuals to have completed full sex reassignment surgery if they seek…Read More

03Feb2023

Arrest of juveniles

What will happen if your children or child is arrested by the police? An overview of the rights of juveniles under arrest. Introduction We often hear of arrest of youngsters in Hong Kong. In this article, we briefly discuss how the legal system processes those…Read More

19Jan2023

Substantial connection in jurisdictional matters – no separate test applied to parties without family in Hong Kong says the Court of Appeal in JQ v CLH CACV 350/2021

On 27 May 2021, His Honour Judge I Wong dismissed the Husband’s challenge against Hong Kong having jurisdiction over the Wife’s divorce petition. The Husband appealed. CACV 350/2021 was heard before Hon Chow JA, Hon Barma and Chow JJA in the Court of Appeal. The…Read More

13Jan2023

The Chambers and Partners Greater China Region 2023 rankings are announced

Tanner De Witt is delighted once again to be recognised by Chambers & Partners in their inaugural 2023 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. Tanner…Read More

12Jan2023

The Legal 500 2023 rankings are announced for Asia-Pacific

Tanner De Witt is proud to again be recommended in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific Guide 2023 for employment, restructuring and insolvency, dispute resolution, technology, media, telecommunications (TMT), commercial, corporate and M&A, private client and family. Legal 500’s Hall of Fame includes Partners Ian De Witt and Robin Darton, while Pamela Mak and Russell Bennett are…Read More

14Nov2022

Questions regarding same-sex marriage to be heard in the Court of Final Appeal

On 10 November 2022, the Court of Appeal granted leave to appeal against its judgment in Sham Tsz Kit (岑子杰) v Secretary for Justice [2022] HKCA 1247. The Court of First Instance had dismissed Mr Sham’s application for judicial review, which argued that the (1)…Read More

01Nov2022

Joanne Brown admitted as a Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers

Following the recent Family Law Firm of the Year award from Asian Legal Business, we are delighted to announce Joanne Brown has been admitted as a member of the International Academy of Family Lawyers. IAFL: International Academy of Family Lawyers is a worldwide association of practising lawyers who are…Read More

14Sep2022

Tanner De Witt’s Family Practice has once again won Asian Legal Business’s Matrimonial and Family Law Firm of the Year 2022

Our Family Practice has been recognised for the second time in the 2022 Kingfisher ALB Hong Kong Awards as Matrimonial and Family Law Firm of the Year. The Practice is led by Joanne Brown and Mark Side, who have built a strong reputation for dispute…Read More

23Jun2022

Tanner De Witt’s family lawyers attend HKFLA talk on reciprocal enforcement of judgements between Hong Kong and the Mainland

On 15 June 2022, members of Tanner De Witt’s Family Law Department attended a talk on “Reciprocal Recognition and Enforcement of Mainland and Hong Kong Judgments in Matrimonial and Family Cases” organised by the Hong Kong Family Law Association (“HKFLA”). The talk was presented by…Read More

21Apr2022

Tanner De Witt’s Family Practice ranked  and Joanne Brown recommended as Leading Family and Divorce Lawyer in Doyle’s Guide Hong Kong.

We are pleased to announce Partner and Head of the Family Practice at Tanner De Witt, Joanne Brown has again been  recommended in Doyle’s Guide Hong Kong as a “Leading Family & Divorce Lawyer” 2022 . Along with Adrian Au who was listed as one…Read More

20Apr2022

Adrian Au ranked as 2022 Hong Kong Family Law Rising Stars

Tanner De Witt’s Family Practice Associate Adrian Au has been listed as one of Hong Kong’s ‘Family Law Rising Stars’ in Doyle’s Guide 2022 which identifies future leading lawyers within Family Law. Joanne Brown, Partner and Head of the Family Practice at Tanner De Witt says:  “Adrian is a skilled and empathetic lawyer who always goes the…Read More

07Apr2022

The end of the blame game in divorce in England and Wales, and what it means for Hong Kong

The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act (2020) (the “Act”) came into force on 6 April 2022 in England and Wales, allowing couples to divorce without assigning blame, or what is often called ‘no-fault divorce’. What it means Before this significant reform, one spouse had to…Read More