Rita Ku

Partner | Hong Kong

Rita is a partner in the divorce and family team.

She has experience in a wide spectrum of areas of family law, and represents husbands and wives in disputes concerning divorce, children and ancillary relief.

Rita has particular expertise in wealth preservation for ultra high net worth individuals – experienced in preparing pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements and advising on trusts set up in the context of matrimonial perspectives for assets planning and to minimize the risk to family wealth posed by divorce proceedings. She has extensive expertise in assisting individuals and their families as a whole to make plans before they or their children are to marry or when they are considering succession issues and plan to pass their wealth to the next generation.

Rita is a qualified collaborative practitioner and regularly attends mediations to accompany her clients to assist in finding a settlement. She has dealt with a number of high profile cases involving children, in particular dealing with a controversial removal case before the Court of Appeal between Hong Kong and Singapore LN v SCCM [2013] HKFLR 358 and custody battle in ML v YJ [2010] HKEC 1924.

As a result of the mega cases in which she is involved, Rita is used to working in a team, in an efficient manner, to collaborate the efforts with accountants, counsel both in Hong Kong and overseas, and lawyers who have different expertise to make the best case for her clients. She is known to be responsive, reasonable and to give pragmatic and candid advice to clients.

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Track record

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Acted for the husband in a big money case involving a conflict in jurisdiction between Hong Kong and the PRC, successfully staying the wife’s Hong Kong petition. This Court of Final Appeal case led to a change in the law in HK and an introduction of new legislation to allow a party who had a divorce in another jurisdiction to seek a financial remedy in Hong Kong where applicable. This measure was to protect those who would be unfairly prejudiced by an overseas divorce. ML v YJ (Forum) [2011] HKFLR 179.

Assisted in cross-border issues, particularly in cases involving the PRC, leading the team in cases involving complicated legal argument and third parties’ interests in assets both in HK, PRC and overseas [CL v ZRC [2015] HKEC 1646 and LS v AD [2012] HKEC 1395]. Acting for interveners to protect their interests in divorce proceedings. These cases often involve parents to one of the parties who have the beneficial ownership in property in the name of their child [DX v LN FCMC 7870 of 2014].

Advises on complicated financial disputes, acted for a client in one of the most complicated cases which involved multiple third parties in the proceedings, offshore trusts and millions of assets worldwide [H v W [2014] HKEC 955]. This case involved co-ordinating leading counsel from Hong Kong and London as well as a team of accountants in Hong Kong. Rita obtained the highest award ever for interim maintenance. This case is an ultra-high net worth case involving complicated company structures and assets worldwide. As part of these proceedings she had to fly to the Cayman Islands for the client to successfully seek an order for discovery against third parties [HJFG v KCY [2012] 1 HKLRD 95].

Hong Kong SAR, 2002

‘Why Hong Kong child custody reform faces more delay despite lawyers’ support, South China Morning Post – 30 June 2016

How to prepare prenuptial agreement 《如何準備婚前協議?》, TOPick news of Hong Kong Economic Times – 6 July 2016, author

‘Why Hong Kong career women marry men from China … and where to divorce them,’ South China Morning Post – 11 May 2016, co-author.

Hong Kong Family Law Association

Member of Hong Kong Collaborative Practice Group

International Academy of Family Lawyers, IAFL (formerly known as IAML)

Sub-committee of the Hague Convention committee of the International Academy of Family Lawyers, IAFL (formerly known as IAML)

Law Society of Hong Kong

‘Succession Planning for Family Businesses and High Net Worth Clients’, Courses and Seminars – 21 May 2015

‘Lecture on Cross-Border Family Cases’, Shenzhen Lawyers Association – 15 May 2015, panellist

‘Roundtable discussion on cohabitation’, IAML European Chapter Conference 2015 – 27 March 2015, panellist

Education


Languages


  • Cantonese
  • English
  • Mandarin

Dates


Joined

2010
Partner

2012

Recognition


Hong Kong

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