Joanne was made Partner at Tanner De Witt in 2017 and is Head of the Matrimonial and Family Department. Joanne advises on all aspects of family law including jurisdictional issues, divorce, separation, financial arrangements for spouse and children, nuptial agreements, custody and other disputes relating to children including applications to remove children from Hong Kong, paternity and adoption cases.
Joanne is a Qualified Practitioner of the Hong Kong Collaborative Law Practice Group, a qualified Parenting Coordinator, Mediator and a Committee Member of the Hong Kong Family Law Association.
Joanne studied Law in England before being admitted as a solicitor in Hong Kong in 2008. Prior to joining Tanner De Witt Joanne spent nine years with a well-established Hong Kong firm obtaining extensive litigation and non-contentious experience.
Experience and key cases
Joanne has significant experience in divorce and family matters including:
- Financial and maintenance arrangements
- Child removal and access arrangements
- Pre- and post-nuptial agreements
- Wardship proceedings
- Criminal matters
- Immigration issues
Ranked as an ‘Up and Coming Individual’ in Chambers Asia Pacific Guide 2018: Joanne is recommended this year by numerous clients and peers, who highlight her negotiation and client management skills. One interviewee notes: “She is great at dealing with highly complex cases and difficult clients,” adding that she is “the kind of person you would want to have there, very calm and collected.”
“As always, your sensitivity to the emotional nature of and impact of these proceedings on parties involved really sets you apart from all the other legal professionals I have come into contact with during this challenging time.” Client feedback.
“It is with sincere gratitude that I write on both myself and [anonymous]’ behalf to you personally. We would like to thank you from the bottom of our heart for seeing through the rather complicated and exhausting litigation process that we have been through in recent times. We have no doubt that Tanner De Witt is the premier family law firm.” Client feedback.
Joanne was awarded a Pro Bono Individual Silver Award by The Law Society of Hong Kong in 2017 and 2016.
- Member of the Hong Kong Collaborative Law Practice Group (Qualified Practitioner)
- Committee Member of the Hong Kong Family Law Association
- Qualified Parenting Coordinator (PC)
- The Law Society of Hong Kong
- Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Hong Kong (FCC)