Lydia Pilati



Lydia joined Tanner De Witt in August 2019 from a recognised matrimonial law firm in Hong Kong. She advises on a range of family law issues including nuptial agreements, divorce, separation and financial arrangements. Lydia also advises on all issues relating to children including custody, care and control disputes, and applications to remove from the jurisdiction.

Lydia graduated from the University of Exeter in 2006 in Politics and Italian. She then continued her studies at the University of Law in Guildford, where she completed her Graduate Diploma in Law (2007), and Legal Practice Course (2008). Lydia was admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales in 2011, and cross qualified as a solicitor of the High Court of Hong Kong in 2019.

Prior to moving to Hong Kong, Lydia worked at a leading London law firm advising on complex cross border and domestic issues, and represented clients on a number of private client related issues including Court of Protection work, claims under the Inheritance (Provision for family and Dependants) Act 1975, and on disputes involving devastavit, breach of trust, domicile and contrasting succession laws.

Lydia is a trained family mediator in Hong Kong and is a member of The Law Society of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Family Law Association. She is also a member of The Law Society of England and Wales, Resolution, and is an accredited police station representative (England and Wales).

Lydia is fluent in English and Italian.

She has written many articles on matrimonial law, estate planning and the law of wills and trusts, including a published article for the Trusts & Estates Law & Tax Journal (England & Wales).

Experience and Key Cases

  • Advising on the transfer of assets within an offshore trust, the consequences of the trust’s termination and the various tax implications in respect thereof.
  • Representing beneficiaries in an action against the personal representatives of a high profile estate including fine art and heritage property for devastavit and breach of trust.
  • Drafting complex court applications including a detailed section 116 Senior Courts Act 1981 application on the basis of forfeiture and the law of succession, and a section 50 Administration of Justice Act 1985 application to terminate the appointment of a joint executor.


  • The Law Society of Hong Kong
  • The Law Society of England and Wales
  • Hong Kong Family Law Association
  • Resolution