Winnie Chow, Partner
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 recognised 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.
Jain Ruskin Brown, Partner
Jain Ruskin Brown is a family law specialist dedicated to providing positive outcomes for her clients. With extensive and wide-ranging international legal experience, including contentious financial cases and matters relating to children, both involving multiple jurisdictions, Jain has established herself as one of the leading family law practitioners in Hong Kong.
Anne Salt, Associate
Anne has a passion for people and assisting them through what is often one of the most difficult and stressful events of their lives. Having been a corporate lawyer for almost 20 years before returning to family law where she started her legal career in Australia, Anne brings a wealth of experience and understanding of complex financial matters but also has a genuine interest in children’s matters. Anne has multi-disciplinary qualifications in Law, Accounting and Project Management and, in addition to being a solicitor admitted to practise in Hong Kong and Australia, is also a Certified Practising Accountant. Anne spent 10 years in the Royal Australian Air Force and 10 years in Legal and Financial roles in Australia, before permanently relocating to Hong Kong with her family in 2004 where she has held a variety of Corporate Commercial & Legal roles before joining CRB. These provide her with a unique combination of skills and experience which she applies for the benefit of our clients.
Elizabeth McGowan, Associate
Elizabeth advises in all aspects of family law matters with an emphasis on disputes including divorce and separation, child custody, wardship, financial applications, settlements and injunctions. The majority of Elizabeth's cases contain a multi-jurisdictional element and she has experience in Court of Protection work and litigation involving trust structures. Elizabeth trained in a boutique family law firm in London, qualifying as a solicitor of England and Wales in 2012. She cross qualified into Hong Kong in February 2017 whilst working at a tier 1 rated family law team in Hong Kong. The following year she took leave to start her young family before joining CRB in 2019.
Martin Leong, Assistant Solicitor
With his training as a commercial litigator, Martin's tactical acumen comes in handy when clients are forced to face a full fight from the opposing side. Although preferring a zen-like manner in matrimonial cases that can lead to settlements and allow individuals to move on, Martin can rise to the contentious challenge when such means are called for.
Lydia Pilati, Registered Foreign Lawyer
Lydia joined CRB in December 2017 as a Registered Foreign Lawyer, and deals with a range of family law issues including nuptial agreements, divorce, separation, financial arrangements and all issues relating to children. Lydia enjoys working with people and places a high value on clarity of communication. She recently trained as a family mediator and aims to become an accredited mediator in the new year.
Celine Chan, Paralegal
Celine joined CRB in September 2018 as a Paralegal and is expected to become a Practicing Solicitor in the new year. Prior to joining CRB Celine received commercial and civil litigation training with a law firm in Hong Kong. She has experience in both contentious and non-contentious divorce cases. Her commercial awareness forms a solid foundation for negotiations involving complicated company structures whereas her litigation experience allows her to deal with and defuse conflicts professionally. Celine enjoys working on people-oriented cases and believes in prioritizing her clients’ overall interests above “winning” cases with counter-productively aggressive advocacy.
Carmen Mak, Trainee Solicitor
Carmen completed a specialist program in psychology for her undergraduate studies in Canada, developing an interest in child psychology. Carmen began her career in marketing and public relations before studying for her Juris Doctor Degree and Postgraduate Certificate in Laws at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. After finishing her studies, Carmen worked as a paralegal in the litigation department of an international firm in Hong Kong before joining CRB in October 2017.
Prior to becoming a lawyer, Hayley worked for over a decade in Hong Kong in private special education so she has long experience of advising parents on critical interventions for their children. She is acutely aware of the balance that needs to be struck between offering solid professional expertise and an empathetic ear when significant strain compels changes in family dynamics. Being responsive to the individual circumstances of each client has been fundamental throughout her professional life and she retains her passion for children’s welfare and development. This skill-set resonates with CRB’s mission to provide a holistic and collaborative approach to family practice and has brought to us a unique insight into the concerns, complexities and capacities of young people.