joanne brown

06Sep2018

Expats and divorce in Hong Kong

Where to Divorce: Home or Hong Kong? Some families arrive in Hong Kong from overseas and enjoy the adventure of being in a new place, throwing themselves into new activities and meeting new friends.  Others arrive and the changes they face crack what is already…Read More

29Aug2018

Popping the question and sealing the deal: nuptial agreements since SPH

Just over four years ago the Court of Final Appeal endorsed nuptial agreements in Hong Kong, in SPH v SA (2014) 17 HKCFAR 364, [2014] HKCFA 56. “Full weight” should now be given to a pre or post nuptial agreement, provided that it was not…Read More

28Aug2018

Home alone in Hong Kong

At what age can children stay at home without parental supervision? In Hong Kong there is no clear-cut rule identifying the age at which a minor child can remain in the home unsupervised. Asia Times reported in January 2018 that a mother was arrested after…Read More

07Jun2018

Mark Side and Joanne Brown attend 7th LAWASIA Family Law & Children’s Rights Conference

Partners Mark Side and Joanne Brown are in Vientiane, Laos this week to attend the 7th LAWASIA Family Law & Children’s Rights Conference. Held on 7 to 8 June, the Conference will welcome family lawyers from all over the APAC region to discuss the following…Read More

03Nov2017

Legal obstacles to surrogacy remain in Hong Kong

Surrogacy is becoming an increasingly popular option for families hoping to start a family in Hong Kong. The acceptance of non-traditional family structures, increased access to reproductive technologies and cheaper international travel mean that surrogacy is no longer always altruistic, and it is less frequently…Read More