Upcoming event: Supporting Litigants in Person – the English experience

All members and guests are enthusiastically invited to a talk by Professor Peter Crisp on Thursday 16 January 2020. The talk will be held at Withers from 6:30pm.

About Professor Peter Crisp

Having read Philosophy as an undergraduate, Peter switched to law qualifying as a Barrister at the Chancery Bar specialising in property and land law. Peter began his career in legal education at BPP Law School in 1997 as a lecturer on the Graduate Diploma in Law and Bar programmes. He served as Dean and CEO of BPP Law School from 2003 to 2017 and was a co-founder of BPP University. Peter is non-executive Chairman of Support Through Court, a major legal charity which supports litigants in person through the civil and family courts.

For more information and to RSVP, please view and fill out the event flyer.

Posted in HKFLA Events

Resource Update – Specialised Co-parenting Support Centres

Members of the Executive Committee of the Hong Kong Family Law Association attended a sharing session with the Family Law Committee of the Law Society of Hong Kong, the Social Welfare Department and several NGOs on 18 December 2019.

The session was an information sharing exercise to promote greater understanding of stakeholders in the provision of new services to support families going through separation and divorce. These services will be provided by NGOs and designated Specialised Co-parenting Support Centres (SCSCs).

The SCSCs assist the parents to carry out parental responsibilities under the child-focused principles, strengthen parent-child connection and provide support to children affected by parental separation/divorce and family change to promote their healthy growth and development.

Services are offered free of charge and distributed throughout Hong Kong.

The NGOS involved are:-

  • Hong Kong Catholic Marriage Advisory Council (CMAC)
  • Hong Kong Family Welfare Society (HKFWS)
  • The Boys and Girls Clubs Association of Hong Kong (BGCA)
  • St. James’ Settlement

The SCSCs will assist parents to carry out their parental responsibilities aided by child-focused principle to strengthen parent-child connection and provide support to children affected by parental separation/divorce and family change to promote their healthy growth and development.

Specific services offered are as follows: 

  • Co-parenting Counselling Service ‘CPC’
  • Parenting Co-ordination service 
  • Supervised Contact & Exchange Service
  • Child focused co-parenting workshop & Talk
  • Therapeutic Group Course
  • Mutual Help Group and Volunteer Service

For further information you may visit the Social Welfare Department or speak to a family law professional 

https://www.swd.gov.hk/en/textonly/site_pubsvc/page_family/sub_listofserv/id_scsc/

Posted in Uncategorized

Upcoming event: HKFLA Christmas Quiz

All members and guests are enthusiastically invited to the HKFLA Christmas Quiz on Wednesday 4 December 2019. We are honoured to have the Honourable Mr Justice Coleman to be our Court of Appeal.

Please note that the Hong Kong Club has indicated that they would like to know the number of attendees at least 7 days prior to the event so as to make sure the total number of attendees of the event is within the capacity of the venue. Therefore to avoid disappointment please submit the form of attendance at least 7 days before the date of the event.

Posted in HKFLA Events

AGM and Talk on 4 November 2019

Dear Members

Our AGM was held on 4 November 2019. The meeting was followed with a talk by Mr. Grenville Cross on “Children and Protection from the Criminal Justice System”. Mr Cross is the Patron of Against Child Abuse and Honorary Consultant to the Child Protection Institute. His talk was focused on the Protection of Children from the Criminal Justice System.

Posted in Uncategorized

Foothills of Alienation

All members and guests were enthusiastically invited to a talk by Ms. Maureen Mueller on Tuesday 15 October 2019. The talk was held at the Hong Kong Club from 6:30pm.Members and guests of the HKFLA attended a talk on Tuesday 15 October 2019 delivered by Maureen Muller on the Foothills of Alienation. Mauren Muller has extensive experience as a relationship counselor, family mediator and parent coordinator. Maureen discussed the demonstrative behaviours of children that had experienced parental alienation, and as part of the presentation showed footage of various experiments carried out in this regard.

About Ms. Maureen Mueller

Maureen Mueller BSc (Comb Hons), LLB, MCouns, MCIArb, has worked for many years with couples in conflict either as a relationship counsellor, family mediator or parenting coordinator. With both a legal and a mental health background she has helped parents to understand and manage the effects upon children of a high conflict divorce particularly with regard to child alienation and child self-alienation. She is a past Chair of the HKIAC Family Mediation Committee, past member of the Judiciary Steering Committee for Family Mediation and current member of the Law Society of Hong Kong Mediation Committee and Mediator and Parenting Co-ordinator Admission Committee and the Hong Kong Collaborative Practice Group.

Posted in Uncategorized

Hong Kong Family Law Cross-Border Delegation

Cross-border family law issues were constructively addressed at a meeting between Hong Kong and Mainland family law practitioners, which took place in Guangzhou on 14 August 2019.  Members of the Hong Kong delegation found the meeting very productive and useful.

The delegation from the Hong Kong Family Law Association (HKFLA) comprised of Nicholas Hemens, Jennifer Ip, Winnie Chow, Karen Lam, Lisa Wong, and Edith Au-Yeung.  Together, the delegation travelled to meet a group from the Guangzhou Lawyers Association (Marriage & Family Law Committee) and lawyers from Global Kingway Law Firm, who kindly hosted the event. 

The wide ranging discussion focused in particular on key issues, such as divorce, custody arrangements and ancillary relief matters. Ideas and views were shared by both delegations with each other, each giving a presentation followed by Q&A sessions.

Hong Kong and Guangdong Province are very closely linked: as a matter of geography, and also by families who have close ties to both sides of the border. The increasing numbers of such cross-border families, makes it of vital importance that family law practitioners, in both jurisdictions, are kept apprised of the many developments and issues within this practice area on both sides of the border. The meeting was reported to be a great success, and both sides found it both informative and instructive.

Posted in Uncategorized

Estate Planning for Same Sex Couples

The HKFLA were delighted to receive a talk on Wednesday 4th September 2019 delivered by Ms Thelma Kwan, a barrister specializing in trust, probate and family law in Hong Kong and Alfred Ip an experienced solicitor specialising in dispute resolution. Thelma and Alfred discussed the importance of estate planning for same sex couples in Hong Kong.

HKFLA -Thelma Kwan and Alfred Ip2

About Ms. Thelma Kwan
Thelma Kwan is a practicing barrister specializing in trust, probate and family law in Hong Kong. She coauthored the book “Drafting Trusts and Will Trusts in Hong Kong.” Before returning to private practice in 2014, Thelma spent more than 20 years in the trust and wealth planning segment of various private banks. Her last role saw her as the Head of Wealth Advisory for Asia Pacific for an international private bank.

About Mr. Alfred Ip
Alfred Ip’s specialty is dispute resolution. Alfred is skilled in helping individuals and their families manage personal and wealth-related matters, including trust and probate. He is well-experienced in all areas of probate and has a full range of expertise in estate planning, which ranges from drafting wills to constructing complicated trusts, ensuring clients are protected from any potential perils. He is also the chairman of Pink Alliance.

 

Posted in Uncategorized