Sharon A. Ser

Sharon A. Ser: Attorney with Withers LLP
  • Regional Senior Partner Asia at Withers LLP (415 Attorneys)
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Biography

Sharon is a partner in the divorce and family team.

She has been in Hong Kong for some 30 years and remains as excited by its opportunities and possibilities as she was when first coming here. The legal issues in Hong Kong are almost always complex and international in flavour reflecting the sort of people who live here whether born here or have made Hong Kong their home.

Sharon focuses on family matters and international divorce cases involving jurisdiction arguments and financial issues including, these days more than ever, the impact of trusts both those already created or to be created. This area of law also inevitably includes advising on cases involving children and the international relocation of them.

She also increasingly advises on the drafting and enforceability of pre and postnuptial agreements. Her cases often involve advising high net worth individuals where complex financial structures are involved and assets are located globally.

Sharon has also assisted in the criminal and civil law fields but her specialty is very much family law based. She has been involved in a number of the key reported cases in the family field, many of which have fundamentally impacted on this area of the law.

She is a Civil Celebrant of Marriages, and although she has conducted more divorces than marriages, she greatly enjoy the latter. She is ever the optimist.

Sharon has been the delighted winner of the best family law practice in Hong Kong for the last 10 years.

Talks

‘Protecting Matrimonial Assets’, The 7th Offshore Investment Conference Hong Kong 2016, Hong Kong, 15 June 2016

‘What dad/mum/your spouse didn’t tell you: dealing with messy deaths and divorces’, The 17th Annual International Wealth Transfer Practice Conference: Private Client Advisors - How many balls can you juggle?, London, UK, 5-6 March 2012

Track record

Leading the team on a Court of Final Appeal landmark case which changed the law in respect of prenuptial agreements in Hong Kong: SPH v SA (Forum and Marital agreements) [2014] HKFLR 286.

Previously Sharon led the team on the leading Court of Appeal forum case in Hong Kong which is regularly quoted in the many forum disputes in Hong Kong DGC v SLC (Stay of proceedings; forum non conveniens) [2008] HKFLR 160.

Leading the team on a Court of Appeal case which confirmed the law in respect of premarital assets: PW v PPTW (Ancillary relief: non matrimonial property) [2015] 1 HKC 450.

Leading the team in respect of the first case post SPH v SA to consider the impact of prenuptial agreements in Hong Kong B,L v K,WS ( MPS; prenuptial agreements) [2015] HKCU 1832.

Leading the team to the Court of Appeal acting for the wife in her application for ancillary relief, including a claim for compensation: YN v NA (Ancillary relief: compensation) [2014] HKFLR 517.

Dates

Joined
2010

Partner
2010

Publications

‘Protecting Assets on Divorce’, Far Eastern Edition of ‘Credit Suisse Guide to Managing your wealth’

‘Family Law and Practice in Hong Kong on the International Overview of Matrimonial Finance in Other Jurisdictions’

‘We’re fighting on finances? But, we reached an agreement, didn’t we? Pre-Nuptial Agreements - do they stick?’, Lexis Practical Guidance magazine, November 2015, author

‘Prenuptial Agreements: can we rely on them?’, STEP Hong Kong branch newsletter, December 2015

‘Forum Feud’, STEP Journal, February 2015, co-author

‘Divorce settlements: private adjudication a better way to settle financial issues’, South China Morning Post, 28 September 2015, co-author

‘Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal upholds landmark forum case involving nuptial agreements’, Hong Kong Lawyer, July 2014, co-author

‘Legal Eye: Taking care of the children should be a well-crafted will’s priority’, South China Morning Post, 29 April 2014, co-author

‘Putting more focus on children: The Children’s Dispute Resolution Pilot Scheme’, Hong Kong Lawyer, November 2012, co-author

I do a great deal of interfaith and community work

I am an active member of the lively Jewish Community in Hong Kong and was President of the Reform Congregation for 4 years. I am also a director of the Hong Kong Jewish Film Association, and the UIA, and I set up the Hong Kong Friends of Tel Aviv University, an educational and charitable institution in Hong Kong. I do a great deal of interfaith and community work in the vibrant and rich cultural life of Hong Kong.

On the rare occasion that I am not working or involved in the Jewish community, I enjoy hiking the hills of Hong Kong and travel.

Me in a minute

Areas of Practice (9)

  • Trustees, executors and fiduciaries
  • Leaders and senior executives
  • High-net-worth individuals
  • Israel
  • Asia Pacific
  • Hong Kong
  • Families and family offices
  • Owners and entrepreneurs
  • Talent and creatives

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
+852 3711 1674  Phone
+852 3711 1601  Fax
www.withersworldwide.com/people/sharon-ser
Law School Attended:
London School of Economics, London University, LL.B.
Year of First Admission:
1983
Admission:
1987, Hong Kong SAR; 1983, England and Wales
Memberships:

Memberships

Hong Kong Family Law Association

fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyer

Languages:
English
ISLN:
901462891

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