Samantha Gershon

Partner | Hong Kong

Samantha is a partner in the divorce and family team.

She has over 20 years’ experience in litigation and uses her commercial litigation experience to provide a unique perspective to family law cases. Samantha has an established team and a particular interest in the law concerning prenuptial agreements: an evolving area in Hong Kong both in law and procedurally. She has acted for a number of high net worth individuals in divorce proceedings where she has sought on their behalf an order in terms of pre-nuptial agreements signed by the parties.

Samantha has worked on a number of cases where she has had to advise on multi-jurisdictional corporate issues, which has meant also advising on international trust structures involving the jurisdictions of Cayman, the BVI or Jersey. With her commercial litigation experience she is able to obtain worldwide injunctive relief if required.

Although being a tenacious litigator, Samantha is a strong advocate for mediation. She assists a number of parties through the mediation process in order to avoid contested proceedings and if complicated legal issues often attends mediation sessions to assist in reaching amicable solutions.

Samantha has brought a number of cases to a successful conclusion at the Financial Dispute Resolution.

She advises on all children issues and attends CDRs. At times she has to deal with acrimonious and highly contentious cases where no issues can be agreed upon.

Prior to moving to Hong Kong she worked as a solicitor for the Metropolitan Police Service. She was solely responsible for an action that was to be the largest jury trial ever to be held in a County Court in London. She was awarded a police Commendation for her legal advice and case management skills in handling that action. Whilst with the Metropolitan Police she had a special role within the department dealing with children and wardship issues.

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Track record

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Working on a ground breaking insolvency case, the largest in Hong Kong insolvency history. The liquidators sought to hold the Executive Chairman and CEO accountable and to recover compensation for its creditors and shareholders. The Final Judgment awarded against him was US$1.2 billion. Akai Holdings Ltd [2015] HKCFI 2280.

Acting for a high net worth individual in divorce proceedings where we are seeking an Order in terms of the prenuptial agreement signed by the parties. This case has just been transferred to the High Court and will be the first case where the High Court will be offering guidance on the procedure to be followed post SPH v SA [2014] HKFLR 263.

Advising a pilot who was fighting to prevent his spouse from relocating from Hong Kong on the basis that due to the nature of the airline’s flying roster the pilot was able to split time with the children 50/50 and therefore it was not in the best interests of the children to leave Hong Kong.

England and Wales, 1996

Hong Kong SAR, 2008

‘How Hong Kong’s children of unwed parents miss out in a break-up - the disparity of treatment between children of unmarried parents and those of married parents’, South China Morning Post - December 2015, co-author

Hong Kong Family Law Association

Hong Kong Collaborative Practice Group

International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation (HK network)

Mentor on the TWF Mentoring Programme for Women Leaders 2015-2016

Law Society of Hong Kong

‘Financial discovery for the globally transparent or not so transparent divorce litigants, the first C5 Fraud, Asset Tracing and Recovery Asia’ conference, Hong Kong - June 2015

Me in a minute

From a very young age I wanted to solve problems, and in particular, crimes.

When adults asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up they didn’t expect the answer from a 7 year old girl – ‘a forensic pathologist’. But that is what I wanted to be from a very young age. I began to realise though as I became older that I wasn’t interested in medicine – I wanted to solve problems, and in particular, crimes.

I was able to satisfy my investigative appetite once I qualified as a solicitor by becoming an in-house solicitor for the Metropolitan Police. There I dealt with a complete range of matters anything from an inquest involving UK citizens who had been killed by Chechen rebels to dealing with children who needed to be made wards of court due to their parents having been arrested.

My time with the police certainly toughened me up and nothing fazes me – something that helps me deal with the most acrimonious matrimonial disputes that I now have to deal with on a daily basis. I have a number of cases that unfortunately involve either the husband or wife having addiction issues. These cases have led to documents having been forged, my having to liaise with the local police in Hong Kong and finger prints having to be lifted from various surfaces. These are all issues that I can deal with swiftly and easily given my experience and background.

When we decided to move the family to Hong Kong in 2001, I went into private practice where I was again exposed to crime in the form of white collar crime. I also began to deal with a number of civil litigation and matrimonial cases which involved forensic evidence but this time more about tracing assets and bankruptcy. I now specialise in family work but my past experience often comes in handy. As a working mother of 3 children I am able to appreciate and understand many of the child-related stresses that my clients are going through.

Looking back, I am glad that I have had the varied career that I have had. My family and I still enjoy living and working in Hong Kong which is a vibrant and stimulating place to live.

Education


Languages


  • English

Dates


Joined

2014
Partner

2016

Recognition


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