Jocelyn Tsao

Partner

Jocelyn is a partner in the 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.

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 2020-2021, Jocelyn is recognised as a Recommended Lawyer in Doyle’s Hong Kong Family & Divorce Lawyers Ranking and rated as a Future Star in Benchmark Litigation in the practice areas of Family and Matrimonial. She is also recognised as an Up and Coming practitioner in Chambers and Partners in 2021 and 2022.

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This is to thank you so much for your assistance and support to attend the mediation with me. Thank you for speaking up and making our proposals understood with clarity. Once again, many thanks for guiding me to the right path. I really appreciate it.

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Jocelyn provided a clear, concise strategy for achieving my financial settlement. The multi-jurisdictional nature of my case necessitated the collaboration and coordination of legal, financial, real estate and tax advice. Jocelyn and her associates enabled a favorable settlement, and equally important, her consistently quick response rate, across time zones, provided real peace of mind along the way. I am sincerely grateful to Jocelyn and her team.

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Jocelyn provided a clear, concise strategy for achieving my financial settlement. The multi-jurisdictional nature of my case necessitated the collaboration and coordination of legal, financial, real estate and tax advice. Jocelyn and her associates enabled a favorable settlement, and equally important, her consistently quick response rate, across time zones, provided real peace of mind along the way. I am sincerely grateful to Jocelyn and her team.

P. Tait
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Working with Jocelyn as my family lawyer was a smooth and efficient process. She is lovely to work with, is very clear, supportive, helpful and effective. I will continue to trust her again with legal matters if they should arise in the future.

J. Zuch
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I’d like to leave my highest praise for Jocelyn who was my lawyer for a long and arduous divorce, which lasted three years. I think when one is a client, you want instant availability at critical times for strategy and discussion. Jocelyn never failed me to be there to counsel me. I believe another aspect that is critical is experience or trend recognition. How are other people resolving cases, what are some examples which are similar to mine and my specific issues, which revolved a lot around children and custody. When Jocelyn mentioned a strong trend of Covid-19 inspiring clients to settle (courts were full, uncertain times, etc), I think it helped the other side come to terms as well. Finally I think Jocelyn has very accurate numbers, instant grasp and retention of issues, and that is critical in making a client feel like their case is special, matters, and is being resolved expeditiously, and economically. I always felt I was in good hands, and Jocelyn even took a half day in Canada to see my mother and explain what was happening in Hong Kong – a massive, unexpected help and an example of, “Going the extra mile” for the client. That was another example of why for me, she is the best.

A. Chen

Track record

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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) [2014] HKFLR 1; [2014] 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 [2015] HKEC 1403 and [2016] 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.

Hong Kong, 2009

‘Enforcement and recognition of matrimonial orders between Hong Kong and the Mainland’, Feb 2022, co-author

_’Parental choices over vaccinations and how it relates to custody in Hong Kong’_- Jan 2022, co-author

_’Parental rights for same-sex partners in Hong Kong and Singapore’_, Dec 2021, co-author

Hong Kong Family Law Association

Law Society of Hong Kong

‘Protecting ones’ wealth in the event of a divorce’, Dec 2021

‘Pro Bono Hong Kong Seminar on Family Law ‘- Pro Bono, Nov 2021

‘Divorce across multiple jurisdictions’ and ‘The Protection of Assets in Trusts’, Transcontinental Trusts Asia Conference - March 2015

En resumen sobre mí

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.

Educación


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  • Cantonese
  • English

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Incorporación

2012

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