Family and Divorce

The Benefits of Collaborative Law During COVID-19

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Hong Kong Courts were closed for several months and thousands of court hearings were adjourned during this General Adjourned Period (“GAP”). Although the Family Court has now reopened there are social distancing measures in place which mean that hearings are continuing to be adjourned. We expect this to be the ‘new normal’ for some time to come.

Gall’s Family & Divorce and Employment Practices Ranked in The Doyles Guide 2020, Caroline McNally Recognised as Preeminent Practitioner and Andrea Randall as Recommended Practitioner

The Doyles Guides to Family & Divorce and to Employment have been released with Gall named as a Tier 2 firm for Family & Divorce and a Recommended firm for Employment. Executive Partner Caroline McNally, who leads the firm’s Family & Divorce team, was recognised as a Preemminent Practitioner. Partner Andrea Randall, who leads the firm’s Employment Law practice, was recognised as a Recommended Lawyer.

Caroline McNally and Chantelle Woo Write Article for Family Law Journal on Enforcement of Maintenance Orders in Hong Kong

Caroline McNally and Chantelle Woo outline the steps to register and enforce England and Wales maintenance orders in Hong Kong in the context of the growing number of international families, amidst recent changes in procedure. The new procedure for enforcement of a maintenance order in Hong Kong by way of judgment summons is complex and will take time to be dealt with by the Hong Kong Courts.

Privacy Within a Relationship and in Family Proceedings

Loretta Ho examines the Court’s view on the use of confidential documents and information obtained by ‘self-help’ means. During a relationship, it is common for couples to allow each other to access their confidential documents and information. With modern day technology, these documents are readily accessible if they are stored in the virtual “cloud” storage. The documents are essentially “one click away” from their electronic devices. It also follows that it is easy for a party to access the other party’s communications with third parties, including their legal advisers.