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.
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.
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.