Rita Ku

Partner | Hong Kong

Rita is a partner in the divorce and family team.

Having practiced family law for over 15 years, Rita has extensive experience and knowledge in dealing with a wide range of family dispute cases, concerning jurisdiction, divorce, children, ancillary relief etc.

Rita has had experience in high profile children cases such as MJB v CWC (Hague Convention) [2018] HKFLR 331; YJH v LKHM [2019] HKEC 2954; and VK v SAFG (removal) [2018] HKFLR 485. She was also involved in a controversial removal case before the Court of Appeal between Hong Kong and Singapore LN v SCCM [2013] HKFLR 358. Rita was also recently advised on a landmark case involving the Hague Convention of the Court of Appeal: BMC v BGC [2020] HKCA 317.

Many of her cases involve cross border issues, particularly with the PRC, such as ML v YJ [2010] HKEC 1924, which went to the Court of Final Appeal. This case changed the law in Hong Kong in respect of a party’s ability to apply for financial provision following a foreign decree. In CL v ZRC (Jurisdiction; forum non conveniens) [2015] HKFLR 125, the husband was found to have a substantial connection with Hong Kong but the PRC was the more appropriate forum. She also acted for the husband’s father, the patriarch from a well-known Hong Kong family, in respect of assets held in the PRC: DX v LN & Ors (Anti suit injunction) [2015] HKFLR 525.

Rita also advises on various ancillary relief cases involving complex asset holding structures: WYSL v FHCBA [2019] HKEC 2379; and Maintenance Pending Suit which involved third party financial assistance: CWCC v YKOP (Maintenance Pending Suit and third parties) [2018] HKFLR 320, and has led various mega financial cases often involving multiple parties, some of which include BVI and Cayman litigation.

She also has particular expertise in wealth preservation for ultra-high-net-worth individuals, with experience in preparing pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements, advising on trusts set up in the context of matrimonial perspectives for assets planning and to minimize the risk to family wealth posed by divorce proceedings. Rita is the go-to person when it comes to advising individuals and their families, who are planning to get married, considering succession issues or planning to pass their wealth on to the next generation, on trust structures from a litigation perspective before it is set up.

Rita is recognised as a Leading Lawyer in Doyle’s Hong Kong Family & Divorce Law Rankings 2019 and 2020. In 2020, she is also recognised by the Benchmark Litigation as the Top 100 Women in Litigation in Asia-Pacific.

Secretary Maggie Yip


I want to say thank you…because I am very pleased with how this [mediation] has been running, the way in which you manage a matter, and the way in which both the legal strategy and dynamics are playing directly into the mediation process. That was always my primary priority.

Senior international lawyer

Her level of care and professionalism went way beyond my expectations. A few people made all the difference and she was one of them.

Head of Wealth Planning Global

Thanks for your expert guidance through this whole process. We are both pleased with the result which I am sure is going to work as an excellent framework for the management of our finances and assets.


I have no doubt as to Rita’s abilities and I hold her in ultimate regard. She performs to the highest professional standards and her commitment to this area of practice is plain and clear.

Leading Family & Divorce Law Barrister

It’s difficult to find lawyers for high-end clients as you need to able to deal with multi-jurisdictional cases, and she really deserves a reputation for that. She is one of the most feared family lawyers in Hong Kong for very good reasons.

Chambers and Partners

Track record





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) [2011] 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 [2015] HKEC 1646 and LS v AD [2012] 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 [2014] 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 [2012] 1 HKLRD 95].

Hong Kong, 2002

‘Why Hong Kong child custody reform faces more delay despite lawyers’ support, South China Morning Post - 30 June 2016

Hong Kong Family Law Association

Member of Hong Kong Collaborative Practice Group

International Academy of Family Lawyers, IAFL (formerly known as IAML)

‘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



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