Joanne is a Solicitor in our Family and Private Client practice. She joined the firm in March 2017, and after completing her training with the firm, she was admitted as a solicitor in 2019.
Joanne’s focus within the firm is on matrimonial and family matters. She advises on all aspects of family law matters, including nuptial agreements, divorce and separation, financial arrangements and children’s matters. She also assists the firm’s general litigation team and has experience in general private client matters, including immigration, probate and employment-related issues. She assists with cases both in the Family Court and in the High Court of Hong Kong and has experience in alternative dispute resolution, including mediation and arbitration.
Joanne has a particular interest in matters relating to mental health law and the surrounding issues, and specifically in relation to the capacity of minors and the elderly.
Joanne read Law at the University of Nottingham and completed her Postgraduate Certificates in Law at the University of Hong Kong. She is fluent in English and Cantonese and speaks conversational Mandarin.
Before commencing her legal career, Joanne worked as a journalist in Hong Kong, where her articles focused on global luxury trends targeted at high net worth individuals. She has interviewed and is experienced in working closely with many high profile and well-known individuals and understands the importance of privacy and discretion. Her work has appeared in the South China Morning Post and the International New York Times amongst other publications. She holds a Master of Journalism from the University of Hong Kong.
Joanne is experienced in drafting and negotiating both pre- and post-nuptial agreements. She frequently advises on financial settlement proposals upon separation and divorce, including children and spousal maintenance and applications for subsequent variations, as well as children’s custody, care and control and access arrangements and removal applications. She regularly advises and assists clients through the mediation process, including negotiating and finalising mediated agreements.
In addition to the above, Joanne has:-
- acted in urgent applications on children’s arrangements, including Wardship applications and applications for urgent overseas travels in High Court proceedings
- assisted in a pro bono capacity in an urgent Wardship application and subsequent Hague Convention application
- assisted a Canadian pharmaceutical company in an arbitration for over USD42 million
- assisted on multiple urgent applications for naturalisation as a Hong Kong national for expatriate members of a national sporting team, successfully completing the naturalisation process in 6 months
- Hong Kong Family Law Association
- The Law Society of Hong Kong
- Foreign Correspondents’ Club, Hong Kong
- The Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong