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

Howse Williams
27TH FLOOR, ALEXANDRA HOUSE
18 CHATER ROAD, CENTRAL
HONG KONG
Hong Kong

Work Department

Family and Matrimonial

Position

Stacey is a Partner in Howse Williams family and matrimonial team.  She has over 25 years of litigation experience including several years working in London’s ‘Magic Circle’ on 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. 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.  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 has acted for a wide spectrum of clients from aristocrats and high net worth individuals to legally aided applicants in child abduction matters under the Hague Convention. 

Stacey is a family mediator trained by Resolution in London.  As a Resolution qualified Mediator Stacey assists parties to reach their own agreed and informed decisions concerning issues relating to separation, divorce, children, finance or property, by negotiation. Resolution describes Stacey’s mediation style as ‘insightful’, ‘balanced’ and ‘warm’.

Stacey is the author of “Divorce in Hong Kong” for LexisNexis Practical Law.  She is also a member of STEP (the Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners) and was awarded the STEP Diploma in International Trust Management with distinction.  Her extensive experience with trusts means Stacey is often called upon to advise clients in matters of wealth preservation.  Stacey advises trustees caught up in divorce litigation and families involved in trust disputes in Hong Kong and abroad.

In addition, Stacey is a member of the International Fraud Group (IFG), an elite group of handpicked lawyers across 17 countries focused on unravelling fraud and tracing and returning assets.

Career

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

Languages

English

Memberships

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

Education

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