Firm Profile > Payne Clermont Velasco > Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Payne Clermont Velasco
Hong Kong

Private Client (tax, trusts, wealth management and contentious probate) Tier 3

Co-headed by Gregory Payne and Jaerey VelascoPayne Clermont Velasco's matrimonial department is 'very conscientious and attentive to their client's needs' and provides 'practical and helpful advice' across a broad swathe of matters, including as it relates to the drafting of pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements; child custody; enforcement and variation of spousal and child maintenance orders; and the division of matrimonial assets and financial settlements between the parties which involves family trusts. Velasco is noted for her collaborative style and ability to 'guide clients through the legal process with a supportive and realistic approach', while Payne has more of a contentious angle to his family offering, borne out of his broader commercial litigation pedigree.

Practice head(s):


‘With respect to their family practice, the team are very conscientious and attentive to their client’s needs. They give practical, helpful advice to their clients and are able to handle a broad spectrum of family or matrimonial related work as may be required.’

‘Jaerey Velasco is a fantastic communicator and adept at working with clients, providing them with solutions, or guiding them through the legal process with a supportive and realistic approach.’

The Firm

Payne Clermont Velasco is a specialist litigation law firm established in Hong Kong. The firm focuses on civil and commercial litigation, with particular expertise in matrimonial disputes and representing victims of cyber fraud.

Gregory Payne, founder and principal of the firm, has been practising law in Hong Kong since 1993 and is a market-leading, highly successful litigator. The cumulative 60 years of experience of Gregory and co-founding members Adam Clermont and Jaerey Velasco contributes to a formidable team. Individually, the Partners are leading practitioners in the field.

They act for clients from all walks of life—including High-Net-Worth individuals—from Hong Kong, mainland China, the Philippines, Australia, the USA, Europe, and many other nations worldwide.

Areas of Practice

Commercial Litigation – We pride ourselves in conducting cases in a timely and cost-effective manner. We aim to improve the cost-effectiveness of cases by ensuring that we understand your business and commercial objectives. To better assess your specific needs, we will render cost estimates where possible to enable you to carry out a cost-benefit analysis of your case. Where appropriate, we will streamline the litigation process and encourage and facilitate settlement.

Cyber Crime – We have assisted several clients successfully to recover monies stolen via business email compromise scams. In recognition of our work in this area, Payne Clermont Velasco was awarded the “Business Law Firm of the Year” by Lawyer Monthly magazine, in 2015.

Family and matrimonial – We have established a formidable name for ourselves representing both local and international clients involved in divorce proceedings in the Family Court of Hong Kong. We have the experience to either defend our clients’ interests in high-stakes courtroom proceedings or to achieve settlements without the need for costly litigation. We advise and represent high-net-worth individuals in complex contentious family and matrimonial matters. These notably include divorce proceedings, claims for custody, care and control, access to children, claims for distribution of assets, and maintenance for spouse and children.

Employment – We have experience acting for both employers and employees, in employment disputes. Our firm has acted for senior executives in the banking and finance industry; the transport and logistics industry; the education sector; the fashion industry; and manufacturing industry.

Criminal Law – Payne Clermont Velasco solicitors are experienced in representing clients at all stages of criminal matters, from the very first investigation interview all the way through to the conclusion of trial or appeal.

Insolvency and Winding-Up – Payne Clermont Velasco is experienced in acting for and advising creditors of insolvent companies and can provide expert advice on all stages of the winding up process, such as statutory demands, filing winding up petitions, filing proof of debts, appointment of a liquidator, liaising with the liquidator, and creditor’s meeting.

Wills and Probate – We are experienced in advising and representing clients in relation to their estate planning and probate matters in Hong Kong.

 Arbitration and Mediation – We have assisted clients in arbitration and mediation.

Department Name Email Telephone
Dispute Resolution Gregory Payne 852 2527 3899
Family and Matrimonial Jaerey Velasco 852 2527 3899
Photo Name Position Profile
 Gregory Payne photo Gregory Payne Managing Partner
 Jaerey Velasco photo Jaerey Velasco Partner