Jocelyn is the managing director of our Hong Kong office and a partner who leads the Hong Kong divorce and family team.
Jocelyn started her family law practice 15 years ago in 2007, and advises on all aspects of matrimonial law including divorce, prenuptial agreements, child care and custody and financial disputes. She advises husbands, wives, and unmarried partners. She is an experienced advocate in court as well as a seasoned negotiator in mediations.
Her cases have recently been concerned with international child abduction, issues of jurisdiction, financial discovery and dealing with the preliminary issue of beneficial ownership, with one notable case involving two famous banking families in Hong Kong.
Jocelyn is passionate about cases involving children's interests, custody, care and control, and has successfully dealt with a number of child relocation cases, with expertise on Hague Convention cases involving child abduction before the High Court.
From 2020-2023, Jocelyn is recognised as a Recommended Lawyer in Doyle’s Hong Kong Family & Divorce Lawyers Ranking. She is rated as a Future Star in Benchmark Litigation in the practice areas of Family and Matrimonial for 3 consecutive years (2020-2022) and as a Litigation Star in 2023. She is also recognised as an Up and Coming practitioner in Chambers and Partners in 2021-2023, Next generation partner in Legal 500 2023, the Young Lawyer of the Year (Law Firm) at the ALB Hong Kong Law Awards 2022, and was listed as Asia’s top 40 lawyers under the age of 40 by ALB in 2022.
I’d like to leave my highest praise for Jocelyn who was my lawyer for a long and arduous divorce, which lasted three years. I think when one is a client, you want instant availability at critical times for strategy and discussion. Jocelyn never failed me to be there to counsel me. I believe another aspect that is critical is experience or trend recognition. How are other people resolving cases, what are some examples which are similar to mine and my specific issues, which revolved a lot around children and custody. When Jocelyn mentioned a strong trend of Covid-19 inspiring clients to settle (courts were full, uncertain times, etc), I think it helped the other side come to terms as well. Finally I think Jocelyn has very accurate numbers, instant grasp and retention of issues, and that is critical in making a client feel like their case is special, matters, and is being resolved expeditiously, and economically. I always felt I was in good hands, and Jocelyn even took a half day in Canada to see my mother and explain what was happening in Hong Kong – a massive, unexpected help and an example of, “Going the extra mile” for the client. That was another example of why for me, she is the best.
Working with Jocelyn as my family lawyer was a smooth and efficient process. She is lovely to work with, is very clear, supportive, helpful and effective. I will continue to trust her again with legal matters if they should arise in the future.
Jocelyn provided a clear, concise strategy for achieving my financial settlement. The multi-jurisdictional nature of my case necessitated the collaboration and coordination of legal, financial, real estate and tax advice. Jocelyn and her associates enabled a favorable settlement, and equally important, her consistently quick response rate, across time zones, provided real peace of mind along the way. I am sincerely grateful to Jocelyn and her team.
Me in a minute
People often say they have Monday blues, but I never feel that way. I love what I do.
I knew I did not want to focus on any area of law but family law right from the beginning. I started straight off working as a trainee in a firm specialising only in family law before I joined Withers. People often say they have Monday blues, but I never feel that way. I love what I do.
Out of work, I lead a second life as an athlete. I have been training in all sorts of sports for hours every day since I was young as a competitive swimmer, a marathon runner, and a mid-fielder in my hockey teams. What drives me in life is my passion in sports, and the more challenging it is, the more I want to pursue it. I wake up early every morning for CrossFit training, and train Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) every evening after work which includes the disciplines of Brazillian jiu-jitsu, Muay Thai and Boxing.