Presentation by Michael Vidler and Tim Parker

On 12 June 2018, the HKFLA invited Michael Vidler and Tim Parker to discuss QT and what it means for family law. The presentation was held at The Hong Kong Club, 1 Jackson Road, Central, Hong Kong.

Michael Vidler is solicitor for the applicant in ‘QT’, the recent landmark CFA appeal on LGBT discrimination in visa applications. Michael was admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales in 1990 and the High Court of Hong Kong in 1992. he established Vidler & Co., Solicitors in 2003, specializing in criminal and civil rights law, and acted for the applicant in W v The Registrar of Marriages (the transsexual marriage case).

Tim Parker is counsel for the applicant in ‘QT’. Tim is a member of Blackstone Chambers in London, and Denis Chang’s Chambers in Hong Kong. Tim was admitted to the Hong Kong Bar in 2009, and called to the Bar of England & Wales in 2017. Tim’s practice spans public international law, constitutional and administrative law, competition and civil / commercial matters. Tim has appeared in a number of landmark public law cases ad regularly appears in judicial review matters involving human rights and civil liberties issues.

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Seminar by William Longrigg on aspects of spousal maintenance – an English and International perspective

The HKFLA welcomed William Longrigg, former head of the family sector at Charles Russell Speechlys, to discuss aspects of spousal maintenance from an English and International perspective. The talk was held on Wednesday 23 May 2018 at The Hong Kong Club, 1 Jackson Road, Central, Hong Kong.

William Longrigg specialises in divorce, financial relief (to include pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreeents) and private law children matters. He also lectures on a range of family law issues including trusts and matrimonial breakdown and is a joint author with Sarah Higgins of Family Breakdown and Trusts for Butterworths. He has wide experience of cases with an international element and is Immediate Past President of the International Academy of Family Lawyers. William was named 2014 International Family Lawyer of the Year at the prestigious Jordans Family Law Awards and Family Lawyer of the Year 2016 at the Spears Wealth awards.

William is ranked as a “leading individual” by Chambers & Partners and listed in the Honours List of Leading Lawyers in the Family & Matrimonial category of the Citywealth Leaders List 2013. He was ranked in the top 10 London Family Law solicitors by Spears Wealth Magazine in 2015 and 2017.

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Presentation by the Honourable John Pascoe AO CVO, the Honourable Justice Victoria Bennett AO and Anne Marie Hutchinson OBE, QC (Hon)

On 17 April 2018, the HKFLA invited the Honourable John Pascoe AO CVO, the Honourable Justice Victoria Bennett AO and Anne Marie Hutchinson OBE, QC (Hon) to talk about the change of the face of international child abduction. The talk was held at The China Club, 13-15/F Old Bank of China Building, Central, Hong Kong.

The Honourable John Pascoe AO, CVO was appointed Chief Justice of the Family Court of Australia in October 2017. Prior to his appointment, he was the Chief Judge of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia for 13 years. His service to the law and the judiciary was recognised by his appointment as a Companion of the Order of Australia in January 2016. Chief Justice Pascoe is the Australian representative to the Hague Conference on Private International Law Experts’ Group on Parentage.

The Honourable Justice Victoria Bennett AO, was appointed to the Family Court of Australia in Melbourne in November 2005. She is the longest serving judge in the Melbourne Registry. Her Honour is designated as a judge of the International Hague Judicial Network for Australia. She is recognised as an international expert on the application of the 1980 Abduction Convention and the 1996 Child Protection Convention.

Anne Marie Hutchinson OBE, QC (Hon) is a Partner in Dawson Cornwell where she heads the Children Department. Anne is highly sought after as a specialist in jurisdictional disputes on divorce, particularly international custody disputes, child abduction (Hague and non-Hague), relocations, and children’s law private and public.

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HKFLA Presentation by Ms. Iris Liu of ISS-HK on 6 March 2018

On 6 March 2018, the HKFLA invited Ms. Iris Liu, Director of the Programme Cross-boundary and Inter-country Social Service, to talk about Cross-Border Child Custody Evaluation and Family Mediation.

Ms. Liu provided information on the International Social Service Hong Kong (“ISS-HK”) including its history and structure, and its services such as International Social Investigation Reports, international family mediation, child placement services, and tracing services.

Iris Liu

Iris Liu, center, during her presentation

ISS-HK was first established in Hong Kong in 1958 and is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year.  Its primary focus and concern of ISS-HK is the welfare of children.  Where children matters such as custody and access, removal, guardianship for mentally incapacitated persons or suspected child abuse are involved in Hong Kong, the Mainland or Macau SAR, a case may be referred to the ISS-HK for involvement.

Cases may be referred to ISS-HK by the Hong Kong Courts, law firms or other NGO.  If required, the ISS-HK can also refer cases to other branches of ISS, or affiliated Bureaus and Correspondents covering 120 countries around the world in order to make the most suitable assessments, evaluations, or arrangements for a case.

Through sample cases shared by Ms. Liu, the audience gained understanding of the services and benefits of ISS-HK, the challenges faced, and the assessments and reports conducted and prepared.  In preparation of the report, a variety of activities will be conducted such as home and school visits, document checking, interviews, observations and communication, photo taking and checking facilities and environment.  Understanding the services of ISS-HK is helpful for the Hong Kong matrimonial practice, where welfare of children is the paramount concern and we often turn to social investigation reports for an initial understanding of a child’s situation.

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Seminar on Cross-border Children’s issues: 6th March 2018

All members and guests are enthusiastically invited to a talk by Ms. Iris Liu, Director of the Adoption Program and Cross-boundary and Inter-country Social Service with ISS (HK) on “Cross-border Child Custody Evaluation and Family Mediation” to be held at the Hong Kong Club on 6th March 2018 at 6:30pm. This promises to be an informative and insightful event: FLA – Flyer (2018.03.06) Talk

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Photos from evening with Eversheds’ Randy Shek and Henry Li

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Christmas Quiz 2017

The institution that is the HKFLA Christmas Quiz is upon us. Quizmaster Robin Egerton promises an especially diverse and challenging series of questions this year, and our Honourable “Court of Appeal” is Jacqueline Leong, SC, one of the founding members of the Association and the most senior of Hong Kong’s matrimonial barristers. Members are encouraged to book: FLA – Flyer (2017.12.05) Christmas Quiz

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