Jocelyn Tsao

Partner | Hong Kong

Secretary Elaine Ho


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.

Jocelyn has been involved with some of the most high profile cases to come before the courts in Hong Kong as part of a team involving high net worth individuals with diverse and complex issues. She has considerable experience in divorce cases involving trusts, corporate structures and injunctions, as well as complex cross-jurisdictional divorces which requires co-ordinating with other solicitors overseas and experts, as well as leading counsel in Hong Kong and London. Jocelyn is familiar with issues surrounding digital assets in divorce proceedings - from valuation, legal ownership, proof, division and preservation of digital assets to protecting, managing and transferring of digital assets.

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. 
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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.