She has considerable experience in without prejudice settlement negotiation meetings with opponents and mediation sessions as well as attending FDR s and CDR s on behalf of clients. Her work involves dispute resolution in which her clients are seeking settlement without the expense of a court hearing.
Her clients include professionals, financiers, entrepreneurs, pilots and celebrities.
Charmaine advises in respect of all matters relating to matrimonial law, including medium to substantial financial applications. In particular, she has been involved in specific discovery applications, variation of maintenance proceedings, interim maintenance and maintenance pending suit applications, cross border disputes and applications in respect of costs and taxation.
She has also increasingly been involved in advising on and drafting prenuptial agreements and deeds of separation. She has assisted in a divorce litigation of an investment banker involving the determination of the enforceability of a post-nuptial agreement in the division of marital assets in Hong Kong.
Charmaine has considerable experience in all matters relating to children, in particular disputes as to custody, care and control and access, relocation applications, applications under The Hague Convention, and disputes relating to children’s schooling applications.
She has dealt with a nullity petition as well as significant experience in disputes over forum.
Assisted in a landmark case in the Court of Appeal in 2015 to determine the meaning of ‘habitual residence’ under the Hague Convention. The case also considered the law in relation jurisdiction, in particular to substantial connection: LCYP v JEK (forum; substantial connection, domicile); JEK v LCYP (Hague Convention; habitual residence)  4 HKLRD 798.
Involved in a large-scale specific discovery application CYYC v TVKT  HKEC 245.
‘Child custody and care and control’, Sing Tao Daily - 6 April 2015
Hong Kong Law Society
Hong Kong Family Law Association
Zonta Club of Victoria Hong Kong