Jocelyn Tsao


Jocelyn is a partner in the divorce and family team.

She 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 and has also cross examined witnesses in open court.

As well as handling her own case load, 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. This exposure to large cases has given her experience in dealing with prenuptial agreements, trusts, corporate structures and injunctions, and co-ordinating with other solicitors overseas and experts, as well as leading counsel in Hong Kong and London.

Jocelyn has considerable experience in divorce cases with trusts involved as well as complex cross-jurisdictional divorces.

Her cases have recently been concerned with issues of jurisdiction, financial discovery and dealing with the preliminary issue of beneficial ownership. She has been involved with a number of child relocation cases and cases dealing with children’s custody, care and control.

Secretary Elaine Ho


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.


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.

Track record





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

‘Hong Kong: Parental rights for same-sex partners’ - Withers, 07 June 2021, co-author

‘Why Mediation Should be Used to Resolve Child Custody Disputes in Hong Kong’, Hong Kong Lawyer - January 2020, co-author

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.



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