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. She was awarded a Master of Laws (LLM) from The University of Hong Kong’s Faculty of Law in 2018.
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
Again ranked as a ‘Recognised Practitioner’ in Chambers Asia Pacific Guide 2020: Sources say that Joanne Brown “understands her clients very well and doesn’t mind going the extra mile in cases.” She has noteworthy expertise in advising expatriates and HNW individuals on a range of matrimonial matters. One interviewee reports: “Joanne has a reputation for getting cases resolved without unnecessary cost and delay,” while another source notes: “I would single out Joanne as someone who is exceptional in mediation. She behaves in an incredibly helpful way and really advances negotiations.”
Ranked as a ‘Recognised Practitioner’ in Chambers Asia Pacific Guide 2019: Joanne Brown “is very reassuring with clients, very professional and practical. She is the kind of person that people would go to if they want some very practical advice or if they want the case to be handled by someone with immediate maturity,” according to a client. She continues to serve a diverse range of clients from HNW individuals and expatriates to locals.
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)
- Association of Family and Conciliation Courts