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Family Law: Strategies and Fundamentals – 21 July 2022, 2.30pm – 5.45pm


Date: 21 July 2022 (Thursday)
Time: 2:30pm – 5:45pm
Organiser: Lex Omnibus
Language: English

If you wish to attend this course, please visit the course details page on the website of Central Learning Holdings Limited.

Programme Highlights

(1) Practical tips on ancillary relief and maintenance applications

• Jurisdiction: submission? forum challenge?
Form E: strategising from the start
Third party interests and trust claims
Re-opening ancillary relief, Crossley applications, and variation orders
Litigation funding: litigation funding as part of maintenance pending suit; legal aid or use of family funds
Reciprocal enforcement of mainland and Hong Kong civil judgements for matrimonial and family cases

(2) The use of injunctions and other preventive 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?
When is the s.17 dealt with, and how it interacts with third party interests
Applications in the domestic violence context: non-molestation orders, ouster orders, and re-entry orders
Non-removal orders in respect of children
Hadkinson orders: recent caselaw

(3) Common child-related applications and hearings in a divorce or relationship breakdown

Interim applications for custody, care, control
Children issues in same-sex relationships
Unmarried mothers after separation


Isabel Tam

Isabel is a Bar Scholar who was called to the Bar in 2013. Her practice has an emphasis on public law, family law, commercial law, regulatory matters, and building management.  Her experience in family law includes: children matters, ancillary relief, anti-suit injunction, and harassment-related proceedings. Her articles include “Litigation Funding in the Context of the Family Court: Practitioner’s Tips“. 

She appeared as a sole advocate in AA v BB [2021] HKCFI 1401, a landmark ruling in which the Court of First Instance granted guardianship and joint custody to a non-biological parent in a same-sex relationship.

Visit Isabel’s profile for more information.

Ted Chan

Ted was called to the Bar in 2019. He is developing a broad civil and criminal practice. He has appeared in the High Court, the District Court (including the Family Court) and the Magistrates’ Court (including the Juvenile Court). He is also a CEDR accredited mediator and has been involved in mediations of a wide variety of disputes, such as matrimonial, nuisance, building management, contract, etc. ​

In the field of family law, Ted regularly advises on and handles matrimonial and family cases, including ancillary relief, custody, relocation applications, parentage order, etc. He also has experience in dealing with intricate cases with parallel proceedings in the High Court (e.g., involving third party’s beneficial interest disputes) or Juvenile Court (e.g., involving a care/protection order), or with certain criminal elements. He also has extensive experience in conducting mediation in a wide range of disputes, including matrimonial cases. ​

Ted is the author of the article “Misconduct as a ground for departing from equal division of matrimonial assets”.​

He is also a law reporter for the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal Reports (HKCFAR) and the Hong Kong Law Reports & Digest (HKLRD). From 2017 to 2018, Ted was appointed as a Judicial Assistant in the Court of Final Appeal. He was responsible for conducting legal research for the judges and preparing judicial bulletins and press summaries.

Find out more from Ted’s profile. ​

Disclaimer: This event is organised solely by Lex Omnibus. 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 Denis Chang’s Chambers.