Sharon A Ser


Sharon is a partner in the divorce and family team.

She has been in Hong Kong for some 30 years and remains as excited by its opportunities and possibilities as she was when first coming here. The legal issues in Hong Kong are almost always complex and international in flavour reflecting the sort of people who live here whether born here or have made Hong Kong their home.

Sharon focuses on family matters and international divorce cases involving jurisdiction arguments and financial issues including, these days more than ever, the impact of trusts both those already created or to be created. This area of law also inevitably includes advising on cases involving children and the international relocation of them.

She also increasingly advises on the drafting and enforceability of pre and postnuptial agreements. Her cases often involve advising high net worth individuals where complex financial structures are involved and assets are located globally.

Sharon has also assisted in the criminal and civil law fields but her specialty is very much family law based. She has been involved in a number of the key reported and ground-breaking legal cases in the family field, many of which have fundamentally impacted on this area of the law.

She is a Civil Celebrant of Marriages, and although she has conducted more divorces than marriages, she greatly enjoy the latter. She is ever the optimist.

Sharon is frequently invited by various international associations, conference organisers, and banks to give talks on family law issues. She has been ranked as a Band 1 lawyer on Chambers Asia-Pacific for many years, and has been recognised as a Preeminent Lawyer on Doyle’s Hong Kong Family & Divorce Lawyers since 2019. In 2020 and 2021, she is recognised by Benchmark Litigation as one of the Top 100 Women in Litigation in Asia-Pacific.


I thank Sharon Ser for her insight, wisdom and grounded support, and to her team also for their professionalism. It has been a complex journey and it has been a great resource to have their clarity and expertise behind me.

Medical business owner

Sharon is the most sought-after matrimonial lawyer in Hong Kong! She has extraordinary depth of experience, and will advocate her clients’ position second to none. If it’s a really substantial big money case, it’s difficult to not at least consider her.

Family lawyer

Sharon Ser is one of the leading family law practitioners in the Hong Kong market. She offers notable experience in high-stakes cross-border divorce and trust arrangement cases.

Chambers and partners 2017

The way you use language is extraordinary. It is not easy to make legal speak and demands sound human, but often it is the key to having the outcome we want. There are many ways to say the same thing and you are a master at it.


It’s taken a long time, but I feel I have my old self back, with a bit of added insight and wisdom. I will always be grateful to you personally and to the team at Withers for your excellence, clarity and utmost skill at a time where I really needed to lean into that. Again, thank you.


Track record





Leading the team on a Court of Final Appeal landmark case which changed the law in respect of prenuptial agreements in Hong Kong: SPH v SA (Forum and Marital agreements) [2014] HKFLR 286.

Previously Sharon led the team on the leading Court of Appeal forum case in Hong Kong which is regularly quoted in the many forum disputes in Hong Kong DGC v SLC (Stay of proceedings; forum non conveniens) [2008] HKFLR 160.

Leading the team on a Court of Appeal case which confirmed the law in respect of premarital assets: PW v PPTW (Ancillary relief: non matrimonial property) [2015] 1 HKC 450.

England and Wales, 1983

Hong Kong SAR, 1987

‘International Comparative Legal Guides - Family Law 2020, Third Edition - Hong Kong Chapter’, Global Legal Group - Sept 2019

Hong Kong Family Law Association

Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyer

‘Female Legal Leaders Seminar’ - Chinese University Faculty of Law , Nov 2021

‘Penny-wise, But Pound-foolish: Are International Nuptial Agreements Gaining Traction in our Waters?’ - The Law Society of Singapore: Family Conference, Sep 2021

‘Life, Challenges and the Pursuit of Justice as a Family Lawyer’ - The University of Law, Nov 2020


I do a great deal of interfaith and community work

I am an active member of the lively Jewish Community in Hong Kong and was President of the Reform Congregation for 4 years. I am also a director of the Hong Kong Jewish Film Association, and the UIA, and I set up the Hong Kong Friends of Tel Aviv University, an educational and charitable institution in Hong Kong. I do a great deal of interfaith and community work in the vibrant and rich cultural life of Hong Kong.

On the rare occasion that I am not working or involved in the Jewish community, I enjoy hiking the hills of Hong Kong and travel.



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