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Family Law: Practical Tips and Updates – 16 May 2021, 2.30pm to 4.35pm

Date: 14 May 2021 (Friday) 
Time: 2:30pm to 4:35pm
Organiser: Professional Learning Institute, a CPD course provider accredited by the Law Society of Hong Kong
Speaker: Isabel Tam, Barrister-at-law, Denis Chang’s Chambers
Format: Live seminar and webinar
CPD Points: 2 CPD points awarded by the Law Society of Hong Kong
Venue:  Direct Education Centre, 5/F, Jim’s Commercial Building, 104 Des Voeux Road Central, Central, Hong Kong.
Fee: HK$1,200 (HK$9,000 for a group of 15)

If you wish to attend this course in person or virtually, please email [email protected] or visit 


(1) Practical tips on ancillary relief and maintenance applications

• Form E: common pitfalls to avoid
• Developments in spousal maintenance jurisprudence: future earning capacity, post-separation income, and variation orders.
• Recognition of maintenance rights for unmarried mothers after separation
• Options in litigation funding: litigation funding as part of maintenance pending suit; legal aid or use of family funds; commercial third party funding in the matrimonial context

(2) Practical tips on protective remedies in family law

• Applications to protect matrimonial assets under s.17 of the Matrimonial Proceedings and Property Ordinance
• Applications to protect matrimonial assets through the Court’s Mareva jurisdiction
• When to use s.17 and when to use Mareva?
• Applications in the domestic violence context: non-molestation orders, ouster orders, and re-entry orders
• Non-removal orders in respect of children

(3) Changes in family law civil procedure

• Application for leave to appeal in the family court
• Third party interest / preliminary issue and stay of related District Court proceedings
• Reciprocal enforcement of mainland and Hong Kong civil judgements for matrimonial and family cases
• Judgment Summons procedure after remedial interpretation of statutory procedure

Isabel Tam


Isabel graduated with a first class LLB and with distinction in her LLM. Her practice has an emphasis on public law, family law, commercial law, regulatory matters, and land law and building management. She also has an MA in competition law with distinction in the examination component (obtained at the same time as pursuing private practice) and was seconded to the Competition Commission.

Isabel has appeared as sole counsel in the Court of Appeal, the Court of First Instance, the District Court and the Magistrates’ Courts. She has also appeared in the Court of Final Appeal.  Her experience in family law includes: CDR, ancillary relief, anti-suit injunction, and harassment-related proceedings. In the area of public law, she has appeared injudicial reviews and hearings relating to the Small House Policy, the “Co-location Arrangement”, the 3rd airport runway, immigration decisions, disciplinary decisions, and administrative tribunals.


Disclaimer: This event is organised solely by Professional Learning Institute. Please note that any interaction with the general public poses an elevated risk of being exposed to Covid-19 and Denis Chang’s Chambers (“DCC”) cannot guarantee that participants will not be exposed while in attendance at the event. Except as otherwise noted, the views expressed at this event are the views of the speaker only and do not represent the opinions of any other Member or employee of DCC.