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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)  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  HKEC 1646 and LS v AD  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  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  1 HKLRD 95].
Acting for a UHNWI (successfully defended the wife’s case on discovery to limit the disclosure to a reasonable level for the proper management of the case).
W v H  HKEC 766 – the first big money case applying the principle of DD v LKW in Hong Kong.
Representing an UHNWI client in her fight against the trustee in divorce proceedings and ultimately successfully negotiated with the trustee for settlement.
Hong Kong, 2002
“‘Enforcement and recognition of orders between Hong Kong and the Mainland’”:“https://www.withersworldwide.com/en-gb/insight/Enforcement-and-recognition-of-orders-between-Hong-Kong-and-the-Mainland- Withers, 14 May 2021, co-author”“:https://www.withersworldwide.com/en-gb/insight/court-in-the-middle-a-comparison-of-child-removal-applications-in-england-and-wales-hong-kong-and-singapore
#LoveWins: Planning ahead of the future in Hong Kong - April 2021, co-author
Symbolic but not consequential - household chores as part of divorce rulings in Hong Kong and Singapore? - 31 March 2021, co-author
Children’s Well-Being in Hong Kong During Covid-19: How We Can Help - 18 Mar 2021, co-author
‘Parent’s Voice and Possible Solution to Ease the Anxiety of the Families During the Pandemic’ - 19 Mar 2021, co-author
‘A year in review - #LoveWins: The journey towards equality for Hong Kong’s LGBTQ community in 2020’ - January 2021, co-author
‘Challenging times: The effect of an economic downturn on divorce settlements’; 10 Mar 2020, co-author
‘For better or for worse: The impact of COVID-19 on weddings and divorce in Hong Kong’ - 5 Mar 2020, co-author
‘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.
Wedding abroad case studies – legal implication on asset allocation 《海外註冊夫妻實例 離婚後不獲贍養費》, TOPick news of Hong Kong Economic Times - 4 February 2016
‘Necessary steps newly-weds should take in Hong Kong upon return from destination wedding’ 《新婚夫婦海外註冊後 回港必做的事》, TOPick news of Hong Kong Economic Times - 3 February 2016, author
‘The perfect wedding: are you married yet?’ 《完美的婚禮：但你是否 ｢結婚」了？》,TOPick news of Hong Kong Economic Times - 2 February 2016, author
‘How to secure your assets when divorcing with your wealthy husband?’ 《嫁個有錢人 離婚怎保物業？》, Hong Kong Economic Times - 24 April 2015, author
‘Legal Eye: how to lessen the impact of divorce on children’, South China Morning Post - 18 February 2014, co-author
‘Legal Eye: Beijing or Hong Kong - where is best to divorce?’, South China Morning Post - 16 April 2013, author
‘Legal Eye: sole child custody- five points you should know’, South China Morning Post -19 March 2013
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)
Treasurer of the IAFL Asia Pacific Region
Family Law Committee of the Hong Kong Law Society
STEP Matrimonial Sub-Committee
‘How to Talk About Money’, Withers’ modern relationships podcast, co-presenter, March 2020
‘Learn How to Handle Cross-Border Family Law Issues’, International Academy of Family Lawyer - 2 November 2018
‘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
‘Preserving Family Wealth and Legacy Across Generation (Trust/Taxes/ Foundations)’, ‘HKUST-Campden IPI Wealth Management Program’ - 16-19 June 2014, speaker
‘Handling of Cross Border Divorce’, LexOmnibus - 1 April 2014, co-presenter
‘Different Treatments about Children’s Issues between Hong Kong and PRC’, The 6th World Congress on Family Law and Children’s Right - 17-20 March 2013, co-presenter.
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