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ASSOCIATEGabriella Chan

Gabriella is an Associate of Rita Ku & Ser, focusing on family law.

Gabriella has devoted her practice to family law since her traineeship and her subsequent admission as a solicitor in December 2018. She advises in all aspects of family law, including divorce and separation, children and financial applications, committal applications, domestic violence relief, injunction, third-party interests, jurisdiction disputes, Hague Convention cases on parental child abduction, adoption, wardship proceedings, pre/post-nuptial agreement and declaration of parental status.

Gabriella understands the emotional and practical difficulties clients face dealing with probably one of the most troubled periods of their lives, and she is here to provide her professional support to her clients to make the process as smooth and amicable as possible.

Education

University of Bristol, Master of Arts in English Literature (MA)

The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Postgraduate Certificate in Laws (PCLL), Bachelor of Laws (LLB)

Language – English, Cantonese & Mandarin

Education

University of Bristol, Master of Arts in English Literature (MA)

The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Postgraduate Certificate in Laws (PCLL), Bachelor of Laws (LLB)

Language – English, Cantonese & Mandarin

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LitigationFamily Cases

  • Vanessa has a strong interest in financial-related matters. She has assisted in and advised on several big-money cases, involving complex corporate structures, trusts and third party interests. She has also assisted on a number of enforcement cases involving cross-jurisdictional issues.
  • BKGGB v BKND [2021] HKFC 100 – Acting for the Mother. The Mother successfully applied to relocate with her daughters to the United Kingdom. Her relocation application was fiercely contested by the Father. The case involved serious allegations of child pornography against the Father and both local and international Social Investigation Reports.
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General Commercial Disputes

  • Vanessa has also assisted and advised on cases involving domestic violence and substance abuse. She acted for the Wife, wherein she successfully obtained an ex-parte injunction against a Husband who was stalking the Wife.
  • X and another v Z [2020] HKCFI 826 – Acting for the Plaintiffs. The Plaintiff successfully applied for an injunction against the Defendant from acts of harassment and intimidation and required him to deliver up or destroy certain materials in his possession regarding the Plaintiffs. The case also involved anonymity and gagging orders.
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Wealth and Sucession Planning

Vanessa also has experience in wealth planning. Vanessa has assisted in and advised clients on drafting Wills and Letters of Wishes, Enduring Powers of Attorney, and setting up and restructuring Family Trusts.

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Professional Publications

For Better Or For Worse: The Impact Of COVID-19 On Weddings And Divorce In Hong Kong
Co-author, 11 March 2020
Calling It Quits: The 30-day "Cooling Off" Period Before Commencing A Divorce In China
Co-author, 5 May 2021
Legacy planning during COVID-19
Co-author, 4 April 2022