Save the Date: HK Family Law Conference 2019

Please save the date for the Hong Kong Family Law Conference, which will be held this year from Friday 25 April to Saturday 27 April. Guest speakers include:

Sir Nicholas Mostyn, Judge of the High Court of England & Wales;

Anthony Douglas CBE, Chief Executive of CAFCASS; and

Elizabeth Clarke, Barrister, England & Wales

For more information, please view the programme.

Posted in HKFLA Events

Upcoming event: International divorce before the French Court

All members and guests are enthusiastically invited to a talk by Mr. Alexandre Boiche on Wednesday 6 March 2019. The talk will be held at the Hong Kong Club from 6:30pm.

About Mr. Alexandre Boiche

Alexandre Boiche is a lawyer at the Paris Bar specialising in international family litigation and notably conflicts of jurisdictions or conflicts of laws, and on recognition of foreign judgments. He also conducts judicial training programmes for colleagues and judges in these areas both in France and abroad. He also specialises in the drafting of international marriage contracts, divorce and parental authority agreements, with the goal of reaching sustainable solutions, He is also trained in collaborative law and a trained Mediator specialized in NVC. Since 2006, he has been an editor for the “Actualité Juridique Famille” law review edited by Dalloz in charge of international family law report and case-laws.


Alexandre is a fellow of the IAFL, the French Committee of Private International Law, and the Louis Chatin Association.

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

Posted in HKFLA Events

Duxbury etc.

On 23 January 2019, HKFLA had the pleasure of having authors Azan Marwah and Shaphan Marwah, and contributors Wong Hiu Cheng, Jerome McDonagh, and Joshua Baker, to come talk to us about their newly published book Duxbury etc.  Philippa Hewitt, also a contributor of the book, was unable to join the talk.

Duxbury etc. is the first reference book to be published freely by family lawyers for the public, litigants, and legal practitioners in the Family Court.  As the title suggests, the book provides essential information on Duxbury tables (allowing easier calculation of lump sum payments, tailored for Hong Kong’s own economic conditions). 

Beyond this, Duxbury etc. is an excellent resource on some of the main areas of family law, summarizing concepts and structure on Ancillary Relief, Child Custody, Divorce and Domestic Violence.  It is a collection of not only legal concepts, legislation and case law references, but it offers users information on costs (taxation and Legal Aid), tax issues, MPF, Comprehensive Social Security Assistance, children and education, the judiciary and further contacts.

The Family Law Association is pleased to support Duxbury etc.  It is available in English and Traditional Chinese to promote access and awareness in Hong Kong.  Please visit https://www.duxburyetc.hk/ to find out more about this public interest project, where the current version of the book can also be downloaded in PDF format.

Posted in HKFLA Events

Upcoming event: Duxbury Calculations and Hong Kong’s own “At A Glance”

All members and guests are enthusiastically invited to a talk by Mr. Azan Marwah, Mr. Shaphan Marwah and Mr. Jerome McDonagh on Wednesday 23 January 2019. The talk will be held at the Hong Kong Club from 6:30pm.

About Mr. Azan Marwah
Azan Marwah is a barrister and mediator specialising in family, public and commercial law. He is the co-author of Hong Kong Family Court Practice (2ed), and contributes to Atkins Court Forms (Family Vol), Halsbury’s Laws of Hong Kong, Archbold, the White Book, and Chitty on Contracts (HK).

About Mr. Shaphan Marwah
Shaphan Marwah is a practicing barrister with experience in a wide range of civil/commercial and matrimonial litigation. He is the co-author of Hong Kong Family Court Practice (2ed), and contributes to Archbold, and the White Book.

About Dr. Jerome McDonagh
Jerome McDonagh is a manager at MDD focusing on matters related to business valuation, damages quantification, fraud investigations. His practice also extends to family law matters, where he has extensive experience in investigations into spouses’ affairs to ascertain their business holdings, assets and sources of income; lifestyle analysis to determine expenditure requirements and any post-separation variations in expenditure; and Duxbury calculations. He has has acted as an expert witness in Hong Kong and UK Court proceedings. He is a Chartered Accountant (UK), Certified Fraud Examiner (USA), Certified Valuation Analyst (USA).

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

Posted in HKFLA Events

Advanced ADR Skills Training

HKCPG is holding an Advanced ADR Skills Training on 30-11-18 and 1-12-18.   CPD points for HKMAAL and HK Law Soc have been granted.

Please see attached flyer for details.

Posted in Uncategorized

Upcoming event: Christmas Quiz

The HKFLA will be holding its annual Christmas Quiz on Wednesday, 5 December 2018. We are pleased to let you know that our Court of Appeal will be Mr. Michael Hartmann.

Please find attached the flyer for more details.

Posted in HKFLA Events

The Hong Kong Family Law Association held the 32nd Annual General Meeting on 7 November 2018 at the Hong Kong Club

The Chairman’s Report can be seen here.

HKFLA Committee 2

The Honourable Justice Johnson Law Man Hon, VP delivered a rousing paper focused upon the development of the family law justice system in Hong Kong. He considers that soul searching questions are required of relevant professional and stakeholders which should not be confined to the redevelopment of the family law court and its relocation to new premises in Causeway Bay. Judicial investigation has been conducted to examine foreign law systems to assist in local understanding of how the family law system in Hong Kong can meet family demands.

Mr Justice Lam,  called for lawyers and judges alike to focus less on the legal issues but rather to apply their minds to focus on the rebalancing of the family. That a holistic approach is required to deliver balanced family justice within a reasonable time and at proportionate cost.

He lamented the low Judge to cause ratio resulting is exceptionally high case loads for judges in Hong Kong providing a pressing need to address procedural and systemic failings within the system perhaps by the introduction of Masters within the Family Court. Other options were to improve the synergy between the litigation process and the mediation process which often runs parallel. Improvements in the quality of mediation and recourse to counselling will all improve the understanding of the parties and provide them their own opportunities  to create long lasting solutions to their own individual circumstance.

The HKFLA sincerely thanks Mr Justice Lam for his time and we are sure the members of our association and the wider professions will have cause to continue to debate and look to provide solutions to our families here in Hong Kong.

The Hon Mr Justice Lam was born in Hong Kong in 1961. He obtained an LL.B. and P.C.LL. from the University of Hong Kong in 1983 and 1984 respectively. He was called to the Bar in Hong Kong in 1984 and was in private practice since 1985 until he joined the Judiciary as District Judge in 2001. He was appointed as Judge of the Court of First Instance of the High Court in 2003 and Justice of Appeal of the Court of Appeal of the High Court in 2012. He was appointed Vice President of the Court of Appeal of the High Court in September 2, 2013. He is currently the Vice-President of the Court of Appeal of the High Court, Chairman of the Judiciary’s Working Party on Mediation as well as the Member of the Steering Committee on Mediation and the Accreditation Sub-committee set up by the Secretary for Justice.*

*Source – Judiciary website

Posted in HKFLA Events