Deirdre Fu

Special counsel

Deirdre is a special counsel in the private client and tax team.

She focuses on trust and succession planning, wills drafting, family governance, as well as pre-marital asset protection planning. Deirdre advises high-net-worth individuals and families, private banks, as well as institutional trustees on wealth protection structuring.

Deirdre is listed as an ‘up and coming’ private wealth practitioner in Chambers’ HNW Guide 2021-2022. She has been recommended as a leading private client lawyer in Who’s Who Legal, as well as being in the ‘Ones to Watch’ list in Legal Week’s Private Client Global Elite ranking. Furthermore, she has been recognised in Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2019-2022; Citywealth’s 2019 Powerwomen List and Citywealth’s 2019 Leading Private Client Lawyers list.


Deirdre advised me and my wife on our estate planning. She was very experienced and responsive. Without her advice, we could not complete our wills and EPAs in such a short time.

Private Client, 2019

Miss Deirdre Fu advised me on the set-up of my family & corporate trust. She is technically sound and professionally competent, and has a strong analytical mindset and is willing to go that extra mile to elaborate on options for clients’ deliberation. Miss Fu communicates well and I appreciate her personable style too. I would not hesitate to recommend her services to my friends and business associates in need of legal advice on trust and estates matter.

Private Client, 2019

Deirdre is very professional and attentive to detail. Good quality of work!

Institutional Client, 2019

Deirdre is very personable and is able to explain legal matters in a very easily understood way. She is very caring and fast in turnaround times when it comes to documents.

Chambers High Net Worth, 2021

Track record





Advised an ultra-high-net worth Hong Kong family on the set-up, under Jersey law, of various family and baby trusts to hold financial assets, properties (in Hong Kong and the United Kingdom) and listed company shares for asset protection on behalf of the children. Drafted pre-nuptial agreements and advised on the effectiveness of such agreements in Hong Kong as well as the treatment of trust assets on divorce.

Advised a Hong Kong entrepreneur on the set up of a pre-IPO trust with application of the Virgin Islands Special Trust Act (VISTA) provisions to hold shares in his company which was to be listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKEX). Helped to devise guidelines on the membership to, and succession mechanism for, a committee with powers to appoint directors to the VISTA company; advised on the HKEX disclosure requirements for parties involved with the trust; further advised on the distribution mechanism for the minor beneficiary, as well as revised the Memorandum and Articles of Association of companies held directly and indirectly by the trust to enable tighter control.

Advised a Hong Kong client on the use of a trust governed by Hong Kong law to hold her business for succession planning; assisted with the formation of a Hong Kong company as private trust company to act as trustee of the family trust; as well as advised on the succession mechanism for membership to the trustee company.

Hong Kong, 1995

England & Wales, 1995

‘How Enduring Power of Attorney works in Hong Kong and why it is useful’ - Mar 2022, co-author

‘Is it necessary to have a Chinese notarised will to deal with my assets in the mainland?’ - Dec 2021, co-author

‘Implementation of Common Reporting Standard in Hong Kong - Implications for Family Trust with a Private Trust Company as Trustee’, Lexology - Dec 2016

Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), Hong Kong

Hong Kong Ballet Company, Governor and Honorary Secretary

Hong Kong Ballet Group, Board member

Agricultural and Fisheries Department of the Hong Kong SAR Government , Advisory Committee

War Memorial Pensions Appeal Board of the Hong Kong SAR Government, member

‘A Panel Discussion on Divorce - Proofing and Trust - Busting: Practical Measures for Trustees’, STEP, Hong Kong - Nov 17, 2015



  • Cantonese
  • English
  • Mandarin





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