Ms Stacey Devoy > Howse Williams > Hong Kong, Hong Kong > Lawyer Profile

Howse Williams
Hong Kong

Work Department

Family and Matrimonial


Stacey brings to Howse Williams 30 years’ experience as a litigator.  Her practice deals with all issues confronting families when new relationships are formed or when relationships break down including marital agreements, separation, divorce, custody and access disputes, international relocation of children and all financial arrangements.

Prior to specializing in family law, Stacey worked in London’s ‘Magic Circle’ dealing with complex, high value offshore trust litigation including the reported cases of Alhamrani in the Channel Islands and Minwalla, a leading family law decision of the High Court in London on ‘sham’ trusts that was enforced against a Jersey Trust and led to a change of legislation in Jersey.

Stacey is qualified to practice in Hong Kong, England & Wales and New Zealand. She was elected a fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers in 2017.


Stacey is particularly known for her skilled handling of complex multi-jurisdictional disputes and cases involving substantial wealth, offshore assets or trust structures.  Stacey advises trustees caught up in divorce litigation and families involved in trust disputes in Hong Kong and abroad. She is often called upon to advise families in matters of wealth preservation, including the preparation of domestic and/or international nuptial agreements.

As a LEADR qualified ‘all issues’ mediator and specialist family mediator trained by Resolution in London, Stacey also assists parties to make informed decisions and reach agreed outcomes concerning issues relating to separation, divorce, children, finance or property, by negotiation and without recourse to the courts. Resolution describes Stacey’s mediation style as ‘insightful’, ‘balanced’ and ‘warm’.

In 2022 Stacey was selected for inclusion in the Private Client Global Elite Directory, a peer-nominated list of exceptional private wealth practitioners with a variety of specialisations and from jurisdictions worldwide.

Stacey is the author of ‘Divorce in Hong Kong’ for LexisNexis Practical Law.  She is also a Registered Trusts & Estates Practitioner with STEP (the Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners) and is chairperson of STEP’s Matrimonial Sub-Committee in Hong Kong.   Stacey has been awarded the STEP Diploma in International Trust Management with distinction.

Stacey’s international litigation credentials and connections benefit her clients wherever they encounter issues globally.  Stacey’s flair, technical skills and ‘can do’ approach attract many compliments from clients and other lawyers alike.


2014 Howse Williams
2008 Withers, London and Hong Kong
2005 Mishcon de Reya, London
2003 Clifford Chance, London
2001 Peters & Peters, London
1990 Carlie Dowling Solicitors, New Zealand




2017 Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers
2016 Registered Trust & Estate Practitioner, STEP
2012 Hong Kong Family Law Association


2016 STEP Diploma in International Trust Management (Distinction)
2012 Resolution Qualified Mediator
1998 LEADR Qualified Mediator
1993 NZ Law Society Diploma Litigation Skills (Advocacy)
1990 Victoria University of Wellington, NZ, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Laws

Lawyer Rankings

Hong Kong > Private Client and Family

The family law practice at Howse Williams comprises ‘a compact team with verve and imagination’, assisting high-net-worth individuals with complex disputes over nuptial deeds, international child abductions and related wealth matters of contentious probate and wills. Linda Heathfield leads the team, having spent close to three decades representing spouses and vulnerable children. Stacey Devoy has been meeting the growing trend of families in the Asia Pacific region seeking guidance on the governance of interpersonal and international family dynamics.