09 July 2020 - Article
Working on a ground breaking insolvency case, the largest in Hong Kong insolvency history. The liquidators sought to hold the Executive Chairman and CEO accountable and to recover compensation for its creditors and shareholders. The Final Judgment awarded against him was US$1.2 billion. Akai Holdings Ltd  HKCFI 2280.
Acting for a high net worth individual in divorce proceedings where we are seeking an Order in terms of the prenuptial agreement signed by the parties. This case has just been transferred to the High Court and will be the first case where the High Court will be offering guidance on the procedure to be followed post SPH v SA  HKFLR 263.
Advising a pilot who was fighting to prevent his spouse from relocating from Hong Kong on the basis that due to the nature of the airline’s flying roster the pilot was able to split time with the children 50/50 and therefore it was not in the best interests of the children to leave Hong Kong.
Acting for a client where the spouse alleges that shares were held under a trust arrangement for a member of their family and they returned substantial dividends when the money came into the spouse’s bank account under the same arrangement. This has led to the necessity of issuing a Section 17 application under the Matrimonial Proceedings and Property Ordinance (Cap 192). Member of the family has been added as a party to the proceedings as an intervener.
Acting for one of the parties in the case where the largest award of maintenance pending suit in Hong Kong was made and was later appealed HJFG v KCY  HKCA 402  1 HKLRD 95. With the same parties she was also involved in an application for the appointment of an interim receiver over the Husband’s worldwide assets. KCY v HJFG  HKCFI 452.
Acting and advising on a number of international relocation cases where one parent wishes to move abroad permanently with the children.
England and Wales, 1996
Hong Kong SAR, 2008
‘Third Party Funding in Hong Kong’; 9 April 2020, co-author
‘Prolonged closure of the HK Courts – Time to bring in The A-Team?’; 6 Mar 2020, author
‘How Hong Kong’s children of unwed parents miss out in a break-up - the disparity of treatment between children of unmarried parents and those of married parents’, South China Morning Post - December 2015, co-author
Hong Kong Family Law Association, Chair (Present)
Hong Kong Family Law Association, Honorary Secretary (2016 - 2018)
Hong Kong Collaborative Practice Group
International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation (HK network)
Mentor on the TWF Mentoring Programme for Women Leaders 2015-2016
Prosecution Panel for Disciplinary Tribunal Proceedings for the Hong Kong Law Society
‘Financial discovery for the globally transparent or not so transparent divorce litigants, the first C5 Fraud, Asset Tracing and Recovery Asia’ conference, Hong Kong - June 2015
Me in a minute
From a very young age I wanted to solve problems, and in particular, crimes.
When adults asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up they didn’t expect the answer from a 7 year old girl – ‘a forensic pathologist’. But that is what I wanted to be from a very young age. I began to realise though as I became older that I wasn’t interested in medicine – I wanted to solve problems, and in particular, crimes.
I was able to satisfy my investigative appetite once I qualified as a solicitor by becoming an in-house solicitor for the Metropolitan Police. There I dealt with a complete range of matters anything from an inquest involving UK citizens who had been killed by Chechen rebels to dealing with children who needed to be made wards of court due to their parents having been arrested.
My time with the police certainly toughened me up and nothing fazes me – something that helps me deal with the most acrimonious matrimonial disputes that I now have to deal with on a daily basis. I have a number of cases that unfortunately involve either the husband or wife having addiction issues. These cases have led to documents having been forged, my having to liaise with the local police in Hong Kong and finger prints having to be lifted from various surfaces. These are all issues that I can deal with swiftly and easily given my experience and background.
When we decided to move the family to Hong Kong in 2001, I went into private practice where I was again exposed to crime in the form of white collar crime. I also began to deal with a number of civil litigation and matrimonial cases which involved forensic evidence but this time more about tracing assets and bankruptcy. I now specialise in family work but my past experience often comes in handy. As a working mother of 3 children I am able to appreciate and understand many of the child-related stresses that my clients are going through.
Looking back, I am glad that I have had the varied career that I have had. My family and I still enjoy living and working in Hong Kong which is a vibrant and stimulating place to live.