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Winnie Chow, Chow Ruskin Brown

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Winnie sees herself as a problem solver, helping clients resolve their family conflicts with tailored solutions that draw from a variety of dispute resolution options. Her practice covers a wide range of international family law matters, both mainstream as well as complex and atypical. Winnie guides her clients through turbulent times, safeguarding their interests and assisting them in reshaping their futures. Winnie is recognized locally and internationally as a prominent voice in raising awareness of children and family issues and making a positive change in the practice of family law.

Winnie has played a leading role in seeking to improve the resolution of family conflict, and has been prominent in introducing and developing Collaborative Practice and parenting co-ordination as alternative means of dispute resolution in Hong Kong.

Winnie is a founding member of the Hong Kong Collaborative Practice Group and has been Vice Chair since 2012. She is also a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. She is a Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers (IAFL) and was appointed to the executive committee of IAFL in 2013 as Parliamentarian, and has been Vice-President since 2014. She is an executive committee member of the Hong Kong Family Law Association; and a member of the Hong Kong Law Society’s Family Law Committee. Winnie is a case reporter of the Hong Kong Family Law Reports and co-author of "Family Law and Practice in Hong Kong". She has also shared her experiences as a family lawyer through a number of talks and lectures, in Hong Kong and elsewhere.

Winnie’s practice areas are:

  • Civil celebrant of marriages
  • Claims under Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Ordinance
  • Custody disputes, care and control proceedings
  • Divorce and judicial separation
  • Domestic violence relief
  • Financial injunctive relief
  • Financial settlements
  • Hague Convention cases on parental child abduction
  • Jurisdiction disputes
  • Maintenance claims (including enforcement and MOREO applications)
  • Parentage issues arising from human reproductive technology / surrogacy
  • Parental rights and responsibilities for married and unmarried parents
  • Removal from Hong Kong jurisdiction applications
  • Separation agreements
  • Step parent adoption
  • Wardship proceedings

Winnie is trained in family mediation and has been a practising collaborative practitioner since 2010. In February 2015, she also took a Parenting Coordination Course, and is a trained Parenting Coordinator. She was admitted as a solicitor in Hong Kong in 2001.

Amongst her public roles, Winnie is a civil celebrant of marriages. She was also a member of the Council on Human Reproductive Technology of the Government of Hong Kong SAR; and a member of the Sub-group of the Working Group on Children in Family Proceedings, which was set up by the Chief Justice of Hong Kong to explore the feasibility of a children’s dispute resolution process in the SAR.

In addition, she has provided pro-bono support to the Hong Kong Federation of Women Lawyers’ family law advice hotline.

Winnie was involved in the landmark decisions of LKW v. DD and 黎 v 凌.  The former laid down the principles for the Courts to follow in determining financial relief upon the breakdown of marriage and the latter set out the Court of Appeal’s observations on measures which a party can take to prevent the unilateral removal of a child, or to seek to secure his or her return to Hong Kong following such a removal.

Her contribution and dedication to the family law field has been recognised locally and internationally, having been ranked as one of the top ten Hong Kong family lawyers by Spear’s Magazine (Asia), as a notable practitioner by Chambers and Partners Asia Practice Guide, a leading lawyer by the Doyles Guide and recognised on various occasions by The Law Society of Hong Kong for her pro bono and community services.