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Payne Clermont Velasco
Hong Kong

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

Independent dispute resolution boutique Payne Clermont Velasco has a notable strength in family and matrimonial law matters. The vastly experienced Gregory Payne and ‘extremely reliable‘ partner Jaerey Velasco are names to note at the firm, which acts for domestic and international clients, including high-net-worth individuals. The team’s wide-ranging expertise covers all aspects of divorce, including custody claims and access to children, as well as claims for maintenance for spouse and children. In addition to being adept at resolving matters in a collaborative way, the group is skilled in representing clients in high-stakes litigation.

Practice head(s):


‘The matrimonial team is very attentive to a client’s needs and concerns and work around the clock on a case, always giving it full attention.’

‘Payne Clermont Velasco is not just a law firm but a business and life partner, and the professionals are people whom I consult regularly on major life and business decisions because I value their honesty and judgment, and their willingness to go the extra mile for their clients.’

Greg Payne is one of the most experienced lawyers in the Hong Kong market, having started his career in the Colony period, and worked as a senior government counsel, with contacts and contextual knowledge developed over many decades.’

‘Jaerey Velasco works tirelessly for clients and is readily available on a case at all times. She remembers each of her client’s particular circumstances flawlessly and gives full attention to each case that she handles. She has fantastic client communication skills and is extremely reliable.’

Jaerey Velasco is world-class as she combines her strong legal knowledge with unique case-specific issues to develop winning strategies.’

Work highlights

  • Acted for the respondent husband in relation to the wife’s claim for ancillary relief. The Court found that there are no matrimonial assets and dismissed the wife’s claim and ordered that the costs of the proceedings to be borne by the wife.

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 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.

Dispute Resolution Gregory Paynegreg.payne@payneclermont.com852 2527 3899
Family and Matrimonial Jaerey Velascojaerey.velasco@payneclermont.com852 2527 3899
Gregory Payne photo Gregory PayneManaging Partner
Jaerey Velasco photo Jaerey VelascoPartner