06 July 2018 - Article
Advised a very high profile client when she achieved the largest ever award from a court in Hong Kong, namely HK$1.4 billion. This case involved issues relating to s17 applications as well as consideration as to whether or not shares in a business of considerable valuable should form part of the marital assets. It also considered the impact of corporate documents in the context of divorce following the landmark Supreme Court decision in England of Prest v Petrodel. This matter subsequently went to the Court of Appeal and was reported as TCWF v LKKS (No. 1)  HKFLR 1;  1 HKLRD 896.
Responsible for a complex case involving a wealthy family in Hong Kong in particular successfully applying for detailed specific discovery and running a preliminary case to determine beneficial ownership: LCJWY v LCKS  HKEC 1403 and  HKEC 789.
Acted for the applicant in a highly acrimonious case involving custody, care and control and access on the issue of custody, care and control, and access. She successfully secured sole custody, care and control and restricted access to the father, with costs. Represented and advised client against the father’s false criminal allegations of child abuse: CCAIH and CGCL FCMP122/2013.
Acted for the wife to the Court of Appeal on the main suit. The husband filed a stay summons on the wife’s petition on the ground of forum non-conveniens, claiming that the South Korean Family Court was the more appropriate forum. The husband also filed an application to seek leave to file an amended answer and cross-petition. The Court of Appeal dismissed the husband’s stay summons. Jocelyn worked with senior counsel from the UK and lawyers from Korea: SJH and RJH CACV 280/2011  3 HKC.
Jocelyn acted in one of the first cases under Section 29AC of the MPPO. Wife sought financial relief from the Hong Kong Court on a divorce already finalised in Macau. The key question in the case was whether the applicant could prove her substantial connection with Hong Kong so that the Hong Kong courts would have jurisdiction to hear the matter: CMC and WPM FCMP59/2012  HKEC 1257.
Hong Kong, 2009
‘Why Mediation Should be Used to Resolve Child Custody Disputes in Hong Kong’, Hong Kong Lawyer - January 2020, co-author
‘Why splitting assets down the middle may not be fair in some divorce cases’, SCMP - 1 October 2013
‘International Aspects of Child Abduction in Asia Pacific’, IAML - 2013
Hong Kong Family Law Association
Law Society of Hong Kong
‘Divorce across multiple jurisdictions’ and ‘The Protection of Assets in Trusts’, Transcontinental Trusts Asia Conference - March 2015
‘香港律師會法律周：知法守法’‘, TVB legal programme, Hong Kong Law Week Special - 2011
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.