Family and matrimonial
Having practiced family law for over 18 years, Rita has extensive experience and knowledge in dealing with a wide range of family dispute cases, concerning jurisdiction, divorce, children, ancillary relief, etc. Many of Rita’s cases involve cross border issues, particularly with the PRC, such as the leading jurisdiction case of ML v YJ  HKEC 1924, which went to the Court of Final Appeal. This case changed the law in Hong Kong in respect of a party’s ability to apply for financial provision following a foreign decree.
She also regularly advises on various ancillary relief cases involving trusts, as in the landmark case in the Court of Appeal of W v H and Anor  HKFLR 230 in which an HSBC trust was set aside and taken into account to provide for her client, the wife. This case is also one of the leading Hong Kong cases on the consideration of whether a husband could be said to have made a special contribution financially to the marriage.
Rita has also advised on a number of high profile children cases, particularly those relating to childcare, custody and relocation and applications under the Hague Convention
In addition to contentious work, Rita also has particular expertise in wealth preservation for ultra-high-net-worth individuals, with experience in preparing pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements, advising on trusts set up in the context of matrimonial perspectives for asset planning and to minimise the risk to family wealth posed by divorce proceedings.
Rita was the pioneer for Hong Kong’s first, and currently the only, private family adjudication case, since the pilot scheme was introduced in 2015. In this landmark case, she represented the wife in a private adjudication, conducted before retired Judge Hartmann, in a timely manner.