Session Chairs and Speakers

Speaker details will be updated on an ongoing basis. The information below is correct as at 30 May 2018.

Stephanie studied the Graduate Diploma in Law after obtaining a Bachelors degree in Maths with Psychology. She then went on to obtain a distinction in family law during her Legal Practice Course at BPP University. Stephanie trained at Speechly Bircham, and then worked at Charles Russell after qualifying, prior to the subsequent merger between those firms to create Charles Russell Speechlys. She then worked at Burgess Mee, a boutique specialist family law firm in London set up by two solicitors from the top-tier Family law firm, Withers.

Stephanie has experience in a range of family law cases and clients. Her work includes financial proceedings arising on divorce and separation, children matters, and property disputes between unmarried couples. She has also advised a number of clients who are already divorced, such as those approaching retirement who wish to vary previous financial settlements, or those who need assistance with implementing aspects of orders. Before joining Expatriate Law in August 2017, Stephanie worked with many clients whose cases involved multinational elements and frequently deals with the division of assets held in complicated trust structures across multiple jurisdictions.

Stephanie takes a bespoke approach to each client’s case and ensures that the method of reaching a resolution is appropriate for that individual client, whether that be court proceedings, mediation or any other form of dispute resolution. She previously volunteered at Citizen’s Advice Bureau in Southwark, where she often dealt with clients in very difficult situations and who had frequently suffered from domestic violence. She has an empathetic but strong approach, and strives to go the extra mile for all of her clients.

Stephanie is currently seconded to Al Rowaad Advocates in Dubai, UAE, where she advises British expatriates in the region and worldwide. During her time in the UAE she has developed a strong understanding of the UAE laws affecting expatriates and their interaction with laws of the clients’ home countries.

Linda Campbell graduated with a Bachelor of Social Work (First Class Honours) from the University of New South Wales in 1990. Linda worked for the NSW Department of Family and Community Services for over 20 years. During this time she held casework and senior management positions across metropolitan, rural and remote NSW. Linda has extensive experience in working with clients whose children are at varying levels of risk due to such things as parental mental health issues, substance abuse problems and in situations were there are high degrees of family violence.

In 2007 Linda was instrumental in setting up the first specialist team in FACS to respond to children and young people with high and complex needs in out of home care. This was based around a clinical model of intensive outcome based casework intervention and support, working closely with child psychiatrists, psychologists and other professionals in a strengths-based framework.

In 2010 Linda began working as a Family Consultant, using her expertise and experience garnered in her child protection career to bring a highly specialised focus to assessments of children and families in the family law context.

Linda’s practice focuses on the preparation of comprehensive, outcome focused and strengths based Family Reports and the provision of therapeutic child inclusive mediation services to families who are seeking to resolve parenting issues in a collaborative, child centered framework.

Usha Casewell has extensive experience in family law.  She was admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales in 1984 and in Hong Kong in 1993.  She is a trained mediator and a collaborative practitioner. Usha is the Head of Boase Cohen & Collin’s Matrimonial Department, supervising and guiding the matrimonial team.  She has been with Boase Cohen & Collins for over 20 years and a partner for 17 years.

Usha assists, advises and represents clients from all walks of life.  Her case load varies in complexity, involving different issues in divorce, children arrangements, ancillary relief matters, child abduction, removal, adoption, parental orders, surrogacy, wardship, injunctions, and any other matters arising from the matrimonial context. She handles many multi-jurisdictional cases as well as complex matrimonial matters.

Usha is involved in the Hong Kong Family Law Association and has served in various roles including Treasurer and Chairperson.  Currently she is the Vice Chair person.  She has been part of the movement in Hong Kong to encourage joint parenting, the use of parent co-ordinator when required and has been a member of Judiciary’s Working Group on Children and Ancillary Relief. 

In her work Usha has come across a number of cases which would fall into the category of Parental Alienation and always seeks to promote the best interests of the child.         

After having qualified as a barrister-at-law in England and admitted to the Singapore Bar in March 1997, Rajan Chettiar worked in one of the oldest and prestigious law firm in Singapore. Having caught the entrepreneur bug and a strong desire to use his legal skills to assist individuals, he then set up the firm of Rajan Chettiar & Co in 2003 which specialises in all aspects of family and personal laws. He is currently the Managing Director of Rajan Chettiar LLC. 

Rajan runs a very active local and international family law practice covering Asia, Europe, United States of America and Canada. 

He is an Associate Mediator of the Singapore Mediation Centre and a Court appointed volunteer mediator of the State Courts and Family Court in Singapore. He mediates civil, criminal and family matters. He also runs one of the first private mediation company in Singapore, Resolvers Pte Ltd which offers mediation services to assist parties to resolve their matters instead of resorting to litigation. 

He is one of the first collaborative lawyers in Singapore and handled the first collaborative family law case in Singapore in early 2013.

He is a great supporter of the pro bono movement and offers his legal services pro bono regularly. 

Besides legal work, Rajan is a very committed and dedicated volunteer and has been involved in the social services scene since 1990. He is a legal advisor to the Centre For Family Harmony. An active member of the Law Society of Singapore, he was a past member of the Council of the Law Society of Singapore and currently serves actively in its various committees such as the Publication, Family Law Practice, Alternative Disputes Resolution and Law Awareness Committees.

He is also a member of the Professional Development and Practice Chapter (‘PDPC’) Committee, a chapter of the Professional Affair Committee of the Singapore Academy of Law.

He writes a very well-read monthly column, Alter Ego in the Law Society’s monthly legal publication, The Singapore Law Gazette since April 2012. 

Toon Han is the Deputy Director (Family Violence / Youth Court) of the Counselling and Psychological Services at the Family Justice Courts of Singapore. He graduated from the University of South Australia with a Master in Social Science (Counselling) and the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Arts (Social Work). He is a member and registered Social Worker with the Singapore Association of Social Workers.

Toon Han has served in the Court since 2011.  His work in the Court included conducting risk assessment, counselling and mediation to parties in dispute who were going through divorce proceeding and parties who were seeking Personal Protection Order. Toon Han also provided consultation to Judges on supporting programmes in the community for families and children. Currently he manages a team of Court Family Specialists in the work of family violence, youth offenders, children beyond parental control and child protection.

Prior to joining the Court, Toon Han had worked many years in the social service sector including being a Senior Child Protection Officer with the Ministry of Social and Family Development in Singapore.

Ruwani Dantanarayana is an Associate at John Wilson Partners, Colombo, Sri Lanka. She has worked at John Wilson Partners for five years. In her position as an Associate with John Wilson Partners, she works in the firm’s Private Client Department and carries out legal research for client legal advice needs and preparation of legal opinions, both for foreign and local clients, primarily in the areas of Family Law, Citizenship, Immigration and Employment Law and Foreign Investment Law and Regulation. 

Ruwani studied for her Bachelor of Laws degree at the University of London and read for her Masters in Law at the Louisiana State University Paul Hebert Law Center, Louisiana, U.S.A. She was admitted to the Sri Lankan Bar in December 2012 and joined John Wilson Partners soon after.

Ruwani’s Family Law practice at the firm includes advising on divorce matters, (cross border and domestic), maintenance applications, child custody matters, international and domestic adoption cases,  matters relating to the Hague Convention on International Child Abduction, succession matters and trust matters. 

She has authored various articles for international publications and speaks at different international conferences on a variety of topics.

Ruwani has recently been re-appointed as the Website Officer of the Family Law Committee of the International Bar Association.

She considers one of the greatest achievements in her legal career as having been awarded in 2013 an International Bar Association scholarship to attend the IBA Annual Conference in Boston. She was awarded the scholarship through the Intellectual Property, Communication and Technology Section for a paper she had authored and submitted for the purposes of the scholarship. Ruwani’s paper examined the balancing of the right of celebrity children to privacy against the right of freedom of expression of the media.

Malathi has a special interest and is a leading light in family, custody, gender and child issues. Her forte is in advising on and acting in family disputes which involve cross-cultural and cross-border marriages involving multiple proceedings, matrimonial asset division, custody disputes, as well as stay applications based on forum non conveniens. Malathi’s access to an active network of family practitioners worldwide, further places her in a prime position to advise on and assist with cross-jurisdictional family disputes, in a fast-changing legal landscape both locally and internationally.

Malathi is an Associate Mediator and Family Mediator with the Singapore Mediation Centre and among the earliest of Child Representatives appointed onto the Panel of Child Representatives by the Family Justice Courts and appointed as amicus in high conflict child custody disputes both in the High Court Family Division and in the Family Justice Courts. She has also trained as a Parenting Co-ordinator. Her training and experience in these capacities enable her to offer holistic solutions to her clients by applying a variety of dispute resolution options.

She has provided expert evidence on Singapore family law used in courts of jurisdictions such as Australia, the United Kingdom and Japan, see Hugh & Skinner [2012] Fam CA 145, K v B (rev 1)[2015] EWHC 2912 and TSH and another v TSE and another and another appeal and another matter [2017] SGHCF 21. These include opinions on matters involving parental abduction of children governed by The Hague Convention, division of matrimonial assets including superannuation funds such as the Central Provident Fund and registering of mirror orders.

Malathi also writes and speaks extensively and teaches at post-graduate level locally and is a Senior Fellow and faculty lecturer in the Practice Training Course for Family Law at the Singapore Institute of Legal Education (SILE). She is Adjunct Professor at the Singapore Management University’s (SMU) School of Law, teaching family law.

Justin is a longstanding member of LAWASIA, including LAWASIA’s Family Law and Children’s Rights Section, as well as the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia. Justin has been a member of the Executive Committee of the Law Council of Australia and in 2013 Justin was elected to the Executive Committee of Lawasia and Vice President in 2014.

Justin Dowd was President of the Law Society of New South Wales for 2012. He has served on many Law Society Committees including Family Issues (Co-Chair 2007-2011), Dispute Resolution and Professional Conduct. He was also Chair of the Law Society Family Law Specialist Accreditation Committee for many years.

Since 1995 Justin has been a partner at Watts McCray, a specialist family law practice which has grown to be one of the largest specialist family law practices in Australia. He specialises in international family law matters and is a member of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, the International Academy of Collaborative Lawyers and an associate of the International Family Law Group, based in London. Justin was accredited as a Specialist in Family Law in 1994 and is also an accredited arbitrator in family law.

Justin was the primary convenor of the Australian Family Lawyers Conference for over 15 years. He is a member of the Board of the World Congress on Children’s Rights and Family Law, an international congress convened to highlight and progress children’s rights internationally.

Justin is an author of the family law section of Halsbury’s Laws of Australia, Australian Practical Forms and Precedents and the principal author of the Lexis Nexis online service, Practical Guidance in Family Law. He has written many articles and presentations on family law, nationally and internationally.

Michelle graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Laws degree in 2000.  In May 2001, she completed her pupillage with Harry Elias Partnership before joining them as a Legal Assistant from June 2001 to August 2005.  In June 2008, she joined Vickman & Associates in California, USA as a Paralegal/ Legal Assistant where she remained till October 2008.  She joined the Singapore Legal Service in July 2012 as a Magistrate and Deputy Registrar of the Subordinate Courts (Family Justice Division), and was part of the collective effort that birthed the Family Justice Courts in October 2014. Michelle was appointed District Judge in July 2015.

Dr Fenwick joined the Court in 2010 and has a background in law, public administration and international project management. After qualifying as a solicitor in Melbourne, Dr Fenwick worked in Canberra with the Departments of Defence, Prime Minister and Cabinet, and the Office of the Status of Women. He went on to manage legal and judicial reform activities, living in Asia for several years, prior to joining the Federal Circuit Court. Dr Fenwick is a graduate of the University of Melbourne and the Australian National University and has honorary appointments to study centres at the Melbourne Law School and the Australian Catholic University.

Elisa Fu has served as a practicing attorney for many years in well-known law firms in Taiwan. Specializes in commercial and Tax Law. She also experienced in cases in trust, estate planning and arbitration etc. With a background and expertise in law and financial accounting, she handles transnational and tax consultancy and dispute matters, review of contracts and planning.

Elisa strive to make use of her professional knowledge to assist the parties to resolve disputes in the most efficient way and to build an invisible social order.  By doing so, we can attain the goal which aims to reconcile the interests of all sectors in the society with their best interests.

She is also experienced in NGO’s activities. And has been elected and served as the Supervisor of the Taiwan Legal Aid foundation from from2016, also served as the Director of Taiwan Bar Association during 2017-2019.

Goh Siu Lin, Messrs Kee Sern, Siu & Huey. Siu Lin graduated from the University of Bristol, England and is called to both the English and Malaysian Bars. She is the Chairperson of the Bar Council Family Law Committee, Chairman of the Kuala Lumpur Bar Committee and the Immediate Past President of the Association of Women Lawyers. Siu Lin has an active law practice with emphasis on banking litigation, contentious probate disputes, adoptions and matrimonial disputes with an international jurisdictional flavour. She has held watching briefs for the Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (“JAG”) in several landmark cases involving interfaith conversion custodial disputes, citizenship for stateless children, and a domestic violence murder trial. She advocates and lobbies for law reform in child and family legislation and has contributed articles to the Family Law Newsletter of the International Bar Association since 2011. She is a contributing editor of the Malaysian Civil Procedure (2013-2018).

Mr Mark Hanna established his Sydney legal practice in 2012 after working in family law and commercial law practices in Sydney and Canberra. During this time he had carriage of matters both domestically and across the Asia/Pacific region.    

In 2010, Mr Hanna was an instructing solicitor for the successful appellant in the Australian High Court case of Kirk v Industrial Relations Commission, now a leading authority in occupational and workplace safety.

Mr Hanna’s practice now largely focuses on family law and related fields of surrogacy and estates. In June 2017 he addressed the World Conference on Family Law and Children’s Rights in Dublin, Ireland on international issues in surrogacy.

Mr Hanna is also an experienced negotiator and has conducted negotiations with government and commercial parties throughout the Asia Pacific region.

When not working, he enjoys cycling domestically and around the globe. In 2016, he competed in the first L’Etape in Australia, a race run by and modelled on the Tour De France.

Mr Hanna has a healthy interest in human rights issues and has served on the Committee of the NSW Council of Civil Liberties and is a member of Avocats Sans Frontières.

Adjunct Professor Dr. Chiranit Havanond is a Presiding Justice of the Supreme Court of Thailand. He graduated from Harvard Law School with a Master of Laws and from the George Washington University Law School with a Doctor in Juridical Sciences. He is currently a Presiding Justice in the Juvenile and Family Division in the Supreme Court. From 2011 to 2013, Chiranit was the Chief Justice of the Central Juvenile and Family Court at the time when the new Thai Juvenile and Family Court and Procedure Law was enacted. So, he has set several norms and guidelines to bring newly introduced principles and procedures into practice.

Chiranit teaches various subjects at Chulalongkorn University and the Institute of Legal Education of the Thai Bar Association. He sits on the Commission of the Conflict of Courts’ Jurisdiction. His publication includes the article “The Juvenile and Family Court is the Problem-Solving Court” published in Dullapah Journal, the book “Legal Profession” and “Administrative Law: General Principles.”

Born in England and holding both British and Australian nationality, Linda was admitted to practice law in Hong Kong in October 1994 and in England and Wales in June 1995.  She was later admitted to practice in Queensland Australia in January 2002.

Linda’s cases often involve families with assets in multiple jurisdictions around the world. Her work includes all manner of children’s issues, including custody, care and control and other parenting disputes, such as access, child maintenance, paternity and schooling applications both in respect of married and unmarried couples and cohabitants.  Linda has processed a number of applications for private adoptions, usually with extended families or step-families and cases involving the abduction or return of children to or from Hague Convention and non-Hague Convention countries.  Her work in respect of family finances has covered maintenance claims made for or against her clients, capital claims, including property transfers as well as an increasing number of pre-nuptial agreements and separation deeds.

Linda became an Executive Committee Member of the Hong Kong Family Law Association in 2006 and was its Chairlady in 2010 and 2011.  She was elected a Fellow of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers in 2007 and became a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Practitioners in 2009 with the objective of becoming an active collaborative lawyer.  She has undertaken the first multi-disciplinary training set up in Hong Kong for collaborative family law.  Linda has completed mediation and advanced mediation courses in 1996 and 1997 and whilst never becoming a practicing mediator, actively promotes mediation as a means of resolving her clients’ disputes.

Linda has edited educational materials on family law and matrimonial practice for Legal Executives studying in Hong Kong through Hong Kong University in conjunction with the Institute of Legal Executives in the UK.

Tanya Faye Herring, Ph.D., D. Mgmt, Doctor of Laws Candidate – International Criminal Law and International Human Rights, Executive Juris Doctorate studies, Senior Fellow UK Higher Education Academy, LLM-International Criminal Law and International Human Rights, MBA, MSA, Certified Executive Manager, Certified Lean-Six Sigma, graduate of the University of Geneva, Children at the Heart of Human Rights Certification Program, and the Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion, Tilburg University, the Netherlands; ADC-ICTY Advocate trained, Association of Defence Council Practicing before the ICTY.

Dr. Herring is an interdisciplinary educator and researcher focused on socio-legal policy from the USA, but currently is a Legal Scholar in the UK, Bangor University Law School.  Her research focuses on prevention and protection of vulnerable populations, specifically refugee, stateless, and forced displaced children in relation to human trafficking and multiple forms of exploitation. Dr. Herring has subject-matter expertise in the issues of statelessness and child rights, with specific emphasis in relation to international jurisprudence: The Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons Especially Women and Children, supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), and ILO Forced Labour Conventions, 1930 (CO29), C182 Worst Forms of Child Labour, and the most recent ILO treaty efforts, the P029 – Protocol of 2014

David Hodson OBE MICArb is a family law dispute resolution specialist.  He has a particular specialisation in international cases.  He is a English solicitor (1978 and accredited 1996), mediator (1997), family arbitrator (2002), Deputy (part time) District Judge at the Central Family Court, London (1995) and an Australian (NSW) solicitor and barrister (2003).  He deals with complex family law cases, often with an international element.

David was appointed OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in June 2014 for “services to international family law”. 

David is a Visiting Professor at the University of Law and Honorary Professor at Leicester University, giving keynote lectures and contributing to the development in the education of family law

David is practising in London, England and Sydney, Australia.  He is a partner and co-founder (2007) of The International Family Law Group LLP,, the world’s first law firm specifically dedicated to serving international families and their children and families with international, foreign assets.  Based in Covent Garden, London, it has an association with Watts McCray, Australia and works closely with lawyers around the world.  It acts for many expats in England and abroad.  Work includes financial implications of relationship breakdown, forum shopping, international enforcement, recognition of foreign court orders, child abduction and child relocation, child abduction and surrogacy.  It is committed to early sensible resolution, using mediation, arbitration and early neutral evaluation where appropriate.  Its website has considerable information for international families

David is author and editor of The International Family Law Practice published by Jordans and probably the leading textbook on the international aspects of family law work. The 5th edition was published 2017. With Ann Thomas, he is author of When Cupids Arrow crosses National Boundaries: A Guide for international families, a simple Q&A guide for lay persons distilling the complexities of international family law issues into an easily manageable format. 

David is an Accredited Family Law Specialist (with portfolios in Substantial Assets and International Cases), a Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers (IAFL), a past trustee of Marriage Resource, on the International committee of the AFCC, a Fellow of the Centre for Social Justice, a member of the English Law Society Family Law Committee and the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia and a member of the Lawyers Christian Fellowship.  He is a licensed part-time Church of England preacher.

David is a member of the Advisory Board of the Law Commission in respect of their reforming work on “Marital Agreements, Matrimonial Property and Needs” and “Enforcement of Financial Orders”. 

In November 2011 he received the prestigious inaugural Jordans Family Law Commentator of the Year award for his outstanding contribution to commentary on family law matters, as voted by family lawyers. 

David has written and spoken extensively on family law including many conferences abroad.

Anne-Marie was admitted in 1985 and in 1988 joined Dawson Cornwell, one of the UK’s leading family law firms, as Head of the Children Department.  She is consistently named as one of the leading family lawyers in London in both Chambers and The Legal 500 and is singled out as a “star individual” in Chambers for cross-border disputes.

Anne-Marie specialises in all aspects of domestic and international family law and the international movement of children. She has expertise in divorce and jurisdictional disputes, with particular expertise in international custody disputes, child abduction (Hague and non-Hague), the EU Regulation on jurisdiction in family matters, relocations, children’s law private and public, forced marriage and international adoption and surrogacy.

Anne-Marie is accredited by Resolution as a specialist family lawyer with specialisms in child abduction and children law, forced marriage and honour based violence. She was awarded the inaugural UNICEF Child Rights Lawyer award in 1999.  She received an OBE for her services to international child abduction and adoption in the 2002 Queen’s New Year’s Honours List. In 2004 she was selected as Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year for her work with the victims of forced marriage.  In 2010 she received the IBA Outstanding International Woman Lawyer Award.  In 2011 she received a True Honour Award from IKWRO.  In 2012 she was awarded an “Albert” by the Albert Kennedy Trust in recognition of her work on an international level in defending the human rights of young LGBT people. She was also presented by Jordans Family Law with the International Family Lawyer of the Year 2012 award and was awarded the prestigious IAFL President’s Medal in 2014. Anne-Marie was appointed Queens Counsel honoris causa in 2016 and received an honorary doctorate of laws from the University of Leeds in 2016.

Anne-Marie is the Parliamentarian of the International Academy of Family Lawyers, chair of the Board of Trustees of Reunite: International Child Abduction Centre and past chair of the Women’s Lawyers’ Interest Group of the International Bar Association.  She is a Founding Fellow of the International Surrogacy Forum, a Founding Member of the UK LGBT Family Law Institute, a Fellow of the American Academy of Assisted Reproduction Technology Attorneys and co-chair of the IAFL Surrogacy and ARTS Committee. She is a member of the National Commission on Forced Marriage at the House of Lords and an appointed panel member of the Government Review on Sharia Law in England and Wales. She is a member of numerous associations and committees and she is a member of the Central Authority Panel of Hague Lawyers.

She is a regular speaker and lecturer both within the United Kingdom and abroad and has made numerous television appearances. She is an international correspondent for “International Family Law” (Jordans) and she is joint author of the text book “International Parental Child Abduction”.  She sits on the Editorial Board of the Child and Family Law Quarterly (Jordans).

Gloria James (“Gloria”) is a qualified Advocate & Solicitor (Singapore) since 1996. She is also a Barrister-at-Law (Lincoln’s Inn – UK). She is of Sri Lankan heritage and is bilingual in English and Mandarin. She lives primarily in Singapore and with Melbourne as her other home.

Now in her 23rd legal career year, Gloria has gained considerable experience and knowledge in diverse areas of the law pertaining to Family Law, Criminal Law, Civil, Corporate & Commercial Law, Estate Law and ADR (Alternate Dispute Resolution).

Gloria is a Lawyer, Mediator, Negotiator, Collaborative Practitioner, Court-Appointed Child Representative, Parenting Coordination Lawyer. She is also Singapore’s 1st Divorce Coach.

She is the Co-Founder of Gloria James-Civetta & Co (“GJC Law”), with a niche practice in Personal Law and being one of the largest Family Law departments in Singapore.

Aptly called “Lawyers with a Difference”, GJC Law is a modern law firm in Singapore with a penchant for A.D.R (Alternate Dispute Resolution). GJC Law takes pride in having trained in Mediation, Negotiation, Collaborative Family Practice, Conflict Resolution, Counselling and Divorce Coaching.

GJC Law’s Areas of Practice in Personal Law is primarily focused on all aspects of Family Law Matters, Criminal Law, Probate and Administration of Estate, Elder Law, Employment Law, Civil and Commerical Law, and A.D.R.

Gloria believes in the power of being informed and have several blogs providing a valuable source of information for the clients and public. We are the only law firm in Singapore to create a Singapore Arrest Process App and the Maintenance Calculator App that can be downloaded for free from Google Play and App stores.

Gloria is often quoted in the local newspapers; The Straits Times, The New Paper, Today, My Paper; and local magazines, Her World and Singapore’s Women’s Weekly. She has appeared in televisions news ie Channel News Asia, Channel 5, BBC, and CBS 48hours. She also appeared in live local tv talk shows.

Soyi Kim is a representative of Law Office of Soyi Kim based in Seoul, Korea.  Ms. Kim has a wide range of experience in representing clients with regards to international family matters.  Her experience encompasses both civil and criminal cases.  She resolved many financial and children-related matters in divorce cases, such as property division, alimony, and custody, etc.  She also represented clients in many domestic violence cases.

She started her work as a lawyer from the Korean Legal Aid Center for Family Relations where she dealt with a variety of family related matters.  Based on this experience, she is still helping people as a member of the One Hundred Lawyers’ Association under the Korea Legal Aid Center for Family Relations.  She is also currently serving as a pro-bono lawyer of the City of Seoul.

Ms. Kim previously worked as Executive Director of the International Association of Korean Lawyers, and is a member of the Legal Aid Committee for International Family at Korean Bar Association.

Ms. Kim earned her J.D, from Chonnam National University Law School in Gwangju, Korea; M.I.S from Ewha Womans University; and B.A. from Sogang University in Seoul, Korea.  She is a member of the Seoul Bar Association.

Joe Lynch has practiced as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales and of the High Court of Australia for more than 38 years and has been an Australian Accredited Specialist Family Lawyer since September 1994. After practising in regional NSW for many years in 2000 he joined leading Sydney specialist family law firm, Barkus Doolan, as a partner.

In 2013 Joe established the law firm, Lanna Lawyers, which provides legal services primarily to the expat community in Chiamg Mai and throughout Thailand.

Joe has served on many family law committees including the Family Law Advisory Committee to NSW Specialist Accreditation Board of which he was a member for 20 years including 10 years as Chair and Chief Examiner.

Dr. Ridwan Mansyur, S.H., M.H., is the Deputy President of Appellate Court of Bangka Belitung, Indonesia. He started his career as a Judge in 1986, he experienced as a Human Rights Court Judge and entrusted several times to be the District Court President, In 2017 he promoted to be the High Court Judge, and now as the Deputy President of Appellate Court. One of his achievement during his 31 years served as Judge was being the Head of Legal and Public Relations Bureau at the Supreme Court of Republic of Indonesia for five years, where he supported the court’s openness and transparency of information to encourage judge’s integrity and legal certainty in Indonesia judicial system.

Ridwan also actively involved in the Bureaucracy Reform Team of the Supreme Court as the coordinator of the public service area and access to justice as well as a member of the Supreme Court of Women and Children’s Working Group.

He obtained the highest decree in academic as Doctor in Criminal Law from Padjadjaran University, Bandung with dissertation of The Act Of Domestic Violence in criminal justice system in Restorative justice perspective. In addition, Ridwan’s passion in law and education has brought him to use his spare time to serve as a lecturer at the post-graduate lecturer in his alma mater, Sriwijaya University. He also Trainers in the Supreme Court Training Center where he trains judges and court officials in public services in the judiciary, access to justice and the field of court management.

Ridwan has several times been an international speaker representing the Supreme Court in conferences, such as Human Trafficking workshop on The Role of Prosecutors and Judiciary in Bangkok, Thailand, 2005; International Chief Justice Meeting on Children protection and Judiciary in Luck Now, India, Participants State Members Of The Commissions on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice held by United Nations in Vienna Austria, included presenting the Access to Justice for Women and Vulnerably Group in Indonesia in The International Association for Court Administration Conference in Sydney, 2014.

Ryoko Minagawa is a practicing lawyer based in Tokyo, specialising in family law and immigration and refugee law. She has been dealing with various cases involving foreign nationals living inside/outside Japan since the commencement of her career in December, 2010. Among family and immigration cases she handles, she has been particularly active in assisting vulnerable female migrants in Japan, who are extensively dependent on their husbands and children born out of wedlock, in particular, children born between Japanese fathers and Filipino mothers in their seeking for legal paternal recognition by their Japanese fathers and for acquisition of Japanese nationality.

In addition to her daily practice, Ryoko has been passionately working on human trafficking cases on pro-bono basis. She is a Secretary General of lawyers’ group called “Lawyers for Trafficked Victims”(LTV) in Japan, of which main aim is to provide legal assistance for victims of trafficking. She has represented several foreign victims of trafficking who ended up in sexual exploitation in Japan in a lawsuit against perpetrators, claiming the payment of unpaid wages and compensation for damages. She has also assisted victims of trafficking who were brought to Japan as “Japanese Spouses” by the use of fraudulent marriage scheme in nullifying their marriages.

Ryoko has delivered lectures at various occasions on international family cases, relevant immigration matters and human trafficking in Japan for not only lawyers but also for service providers, NGOs and citizens.

Dr Jennifer Neoh is a clinical psychologist whose private practice is focused entirely on a family law population. She works as a single expert witness and has completed over 1000 psychological reports for the Family Court of Australia, the Federal Circuit Court of Australia and the Family Court of Western Australia.

Dr Neoh also specialises in family therapy with separated families where the complexity of the issues range from the most difficult cases involving allegations of child sexual abuse and/ or alienation of one of the parents. Her focus is on reportable non-confidential therapy which allows her to work closely with the Court to provide better outcomes for families.

Dr Neoh has a thriving therapeutic practice with these complex cases and provides intensive solution focused interventions designed to improve the wellbeing of children and their parents.  Her referrals include children who have resisted seeing one parent (sometimes up to many years), children who have changed their living circumstances under court order to live with their rejected parent, siblings who are split and different siblings reject their other parent, and the most resistant cases which often come to her after a range of other therapeutic solutions have been attempted.

Dr Neoh also specialises in family therapy with separated families where allegations of child sexual abuse and has particular success in cases where, irrespective of court (criminal or family law) or child protection service findings that the risks are low to non-existent, a parent retains beliefs that their child or children have been sexually abused by a family member.

 Dr Neoh also has a number of publications based on her research into children’s perspectives of shared parenting and allegations of sexual abuse.

Other areas of interest are training and education in the special competencies needed for working with families in family law and promoting the professional needs and supports for psychologists who work in family law. To this aim, Dr Neoh is secretary of the Australian Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts AFCC.

Dr Neoh regularly presents at national and international conferences on family law issues and also provides training for children’s lawyers, judicial officers, other psychologists and family consultants.

Thip Nouansyvong received her Bachelor of Law (LL.B) from Faculty of Law and Political Science, National University of Laos. She is a member of the Lao Bar Association and has been working with BABSEACLE since 2009. She has experiences to strengthening and developing the clinical legal education program in Laos where she has been involving in community outreach and in-house live client consultation clinic based at Faculty of Law and Political Science. Therefore, she is one of co-founder of 1st Southeast Asia Pro Bono Conference in Vientiane, Laos (2012) and became International Organizing Committee for SEA Pro Bono Conference until now.

Currently, she works to support the project: Bringing Justice Closer to Women Suffering from Gender-Based Violence. Therefore, she is also practicing lawyer at local law firm to develop a pro bono culture and pro bono policy within law firm to provide pro bono services to society.

The Honourable John Pascoe AC CVO was appointed Chief Justice of the Family Court of Australia on 13 October 2017.

Prior to his appointment, he was the Chief Judge of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia for 13 years. His Honour is the Australian representative to the Hague Conference on Private International Law Experts’ Group on Parentage and Surrogacy and a member of the International Social Service working experts which is developing principles to protect children in International surrogacy matters.

He is an Honorary advisor to the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award International Association (Asia Pacific) and is currently serving as a Patron of the LAWASIA Family Law and Family Rights Section.  He is also a member of the Advisory Board for the Cambodian Children’s Fund Australia.

His Honour was appointed a member in the General Division of the Order of Australia in 1994, an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia in 2002 and was awarded a Centenary Medal in 2003.  He was appointed a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order in January 2010 and awarded The Companion of the Order of Australia in 2016, in recognition of his eminent service to the law and to the judiciary.

His Honour has a particular interest in the elimination of human trafficking in all forms particularly, the trafficking of newly born children.

Dato’ Dr. Arunan Selvaraj – graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) degree from England, a Masters of Business Administration from Hawaii, USA and a Doctorate in Family Law from Ireland.  He was called to the Malaysian Bar and admitted as an Advocate & Solicitor at the High Court of Malaya in 1992. Subsequently, he expanded his horizontal establishing the Firm of Messrs. Rusmah Arunan & Associates in 1995, of which he is the Managing Partner.  

Entering his 25th year of practice, Dato Dr. Arunan Selvaraj has attained a knack and forte in the practice area of Matrimonial and Family Law via his excellent touch in matters concerning Adoption, Child Custody, Divorce (Joint Petition and Contested) Guardianship, Spousal Maintenance, Property Division to name a few.   

In addition to the above, Dato’ Dr. Arunan Selvaraj is well versed in the ropes Criminal Law, Private Probate, Management of Private Companies and Wealth Accumulation and Preservation, Finance Management, Wills and Insurance.A hatch of legal history in Malaysia was founded upon efforts of Dato Dr. Arunan Selvaraj and his firm being the first Firm to file an action in Courts and to obtain a settlement for clients of the dire MH370 catastrophe.  

A Man of Many Talents – Dato’ Dr. Arunan Selvaraj is also the author of the book entitled “Saving Your Marriage”, a book that encompasses the rudiments and trivial details of marriage and divorce.  In his book, Dato’ Dr. Arunan Selvaraj shared his experience and is in the process of bolstering the author in him, as he currently works on more written material to be published in the near future. 

Dato’ Dr. Arunan Selvaraj possesses an ardent sense of enthusiasm and experience in the inculcation of Alternative Dispute Resolution methods; always negotiating matters towards the best interest of his clientele.  In his desire to share his knowledge, Dato’ Dr. Arunan Selvaraj contributes articles to magazines, conducts seminars and has given talks on various aspects of law, wealth and finance management, marriage and relationships  as well as, on other aspects of law.

Toshiteru Shibaike is a practicing family lawyer in Tokyo. He is a partner and founder of Kotonoha Sogo Law Office where he has practiced almost exclusively in the area of international family law.

He graduated from University of Tokyo, Japan with an LLB and completed an LLM in International Human Rights Law at University of Essex, United Kingdom. He was admitted to the bar in 2002.

He deals with complex international family cases including international divorce and international custody disputes, with particular expertise in international child abduction. He has regularly represented clients in Hague Convention-related cases (both TPs and LBPs) since the Convention came into force on April, 2014 in Japan. He is Vice Chair of the Working Group on the Hague Convention on International Child Abduction, Japan Federation of Bar Associations(JFBA).

He has been frequently invited to speak on international family law and the Hague Child Abduction Convention at seminars and conferences for lawyers practicing in Japan as well as for those living outside the country and seeking advice on Japanese family law.

Keryn is a Principal and Director of the firm Crowther Sim Lawyers.

Keryn studied education on leaving school and taught secondary education specialising in mathematics, commerce and religion. Identifying the need for further development and change, Keryn commenced legal studies. It was during legal studies that the career change to law commenced. Since admission to the Supreme Court in 2005, Keryn has appeared in all Courts within Australia at all levels for a variety of matters.

Keryn primarily practices in law relating to care proceedings within the Children’s Court together with estate and succession law. Both areas of law deal with vulnerable members of the family. This includes both the very young and the very old. Mental illness affects the elderly who are primarily in positions of wealth and appropriate and adequate care needs to be provided to those persons.

Keryn has identified neglect as an all too present feature and a regular observation of the elderly both in and out of care. The perpetrators are invariably relatives or close friends who see some entitlement.

Keryn also attends to other areas of law including property and conveyancing and has extensive experience in dealing with various stakeholders in this area of practice.

Keryn is also a registered migration agent and has an understanding of the challenges and complex process associated with migration law and procedures in Australia.

Philip is the principal and director of Crowther Sim Lawyers, located in the central business district of Sydney. The practice deals in legal matters including family law, crime, immigration, estate and family provision claims and commercial matters.

Philip is admitted as a legal practitioner to the Supreme Court of NSW and High Court of Australia. Philip practices primarily as a litigation lawyer in family cases, which include divorce proceedings, location recovery orders, property disputes and children’s residency. Philip conducts cases in other areas of law such as criminal cases in the Local, District and Supreme Courts. He also appears for clients in appeal cases before the Court of Appeal and the Court of Criminal Appeal.

Philip is a member of the Law Society of NSW and the Law Council of Australia. Philip is a committee member of the Family Issues Committee and a past committee member of the Juvenile Justice Committee. He is also the Australian Representative on the Family Issues Committee of LAWASIA. Philip is currently a representative on the New South Wales Legal Aid Review Committee.

Philip was previously employed with the NSW Police and also the Australian Securities & Investments Commission.

Philip is a past member of the Committee of City of Sydney Law Society and a past NSW Law Society representative on the Apprehended Violence Legal Issues Coordinating Committee with the Attorney Generals Department.

Philip has provided various papers at overseas law conferences including Singapore, Cambodia, Malaysia and Japan.

Nicole is a Senior Associate of Watts McCray, a specialist family law firm with offices in Sydney and Canberra.  Nicole has worked at Watts McCray since 1999 initially as a legal clerk before being admitted as a legal practitioner in the Supreme Court of New South Wales.  Nicole has a wealth of family law experience since that time.

Throughout her years of practice Nicole has been engaged in complex family law matters including international cases involving children and financial settlements.

Since 2010 Nicole has been an author and contributor to LexisNexis Practical Legal Guidance.  Through this process Nicole has excellent research capabilities and is up to date on the latest judgments.

In 2016 Nicole received her Masters of Law (Applied Law) specialising in family law.  She has been involved in the organisation of the World Congress on Family Law and Children’s Rights held in Dublin in 2017 as well as contributing to international conferences in family law in Noumea and Singapore.

Mr Isomi Suzuki was President of LAWASIA from 2013 to 2015, after serving as an ExCo member and Vice President since 2008. Mr Suzuki remains an active member of the LAWASIA Executive Committee and has been reappointed for the 2017-2018 year.

He is Managing Partner at Koga and Partners law firm in Tokyo.

Among other things, he has served as a Commissioner on the UN Security Council Compensation Commission; President, Committee of Japan Federation of Bar Associations on International Human Rights; Chairperson, Committee on E-commerce and Private International Law; and is Executive Commissioner, Center for Alternative Disputes Resolution regarding Fukushima Nuclear Accident. Most recently, in 2014, he was appointed by the government of Japan to the Arbitration Panel of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (World Bank).

Tan Hui Qing graduated from the National University of Singapore in 2009 and was called to the Singapore Bar in 2010.

She started her legal practice in commercial and civil litigation, with particular emphasis on insurance litigation and construction law. In the field of construction law, she has assisted in drafting complex construction contracts, advisory work and has been involved in adjudications under the Construction and Building Security of Payment Act (Cap. 30B). As for insurance litigation, she has represented large multi-national insurance companies in defending million-dollar claims.

Hui Qing eventually started getting involved in Family Law after the boutique firm she was then practicing in established a Family Law department. In the course of practicing Family Law, Hui Qing has dealt with divorces, annulments, adoptions, custody issues and financial issues such as the division of matrimonial assets and maintenance. These include complex cases which involved expatriate parties, relocation and foreign assets. She has also advised and drafted Separation Deeds and agreements relating to matrimonial proceedings and financial issues, represented clients in trials involving family violence and maintenance matters. Hui Qing has been involved in appeals in the High Court and the Court of Appeal involving children’s issues, division of matrimonial assets and maintenance.

Apart from litigation, the Family Law practice has allowed Hui Qing to hone her mediation skills as cases that go through the Family Justice Courts system more often than not are resolved through the process of mediation at the Family Resolution Centre and the Child Focused Resolution Centre.

Hui Qing is also an accredited Associate Mediator and a Collaborative Family Practitioner with the Singapore Mediation Centre.

Honey Tan Lay Ean practices in the area of high conflict matrimonial law, often involving non-citizens of Malaysia. Commonly, her cases deal with custody disputes, parental alienation, child abduction, domestic violence, division of matrimonial assets, and maintenance. She is also involved in cases where children have been unilaterally converted to Islam by one parent, triggering challenges over civil/syariah jurisdictions. 

Honey obtained her LLM from Warwick University, and is a member of The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple. She is recognized by UN Women as an expert on the Convention of the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), and serves as the Co-Deputy Chairperson of the Family Law Committee of the Malaysian Bar. Honey is also a member of the Feminist Law & Practice Organising Committee of Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law & Development (APWLD). 

Jackie, an Accredited Specialist, has practised predominantly in the Family Law area since commencing work as a Solicitor in 1997. She has experience in all aspects of Family Law including property and financial matters, residence and contact issues, child support, maintenance and domestic violence as well as de facto relationship disputes. She appears regularly as an advocate in both the Family and Federal Circuit Courts.

Jackie’s patience, ability to communicate openly with clients, and straight forward approach to legal practice, mean that she can quickly understand and analyse all aspects of a client’s individual concerns. This, combined with her solid grounding in Family Law, allows Jackie to pursue the most appropriate legal action which she believes will achieve the best results for her clients.

Jackie’s knowledge and experience in Family Law practice and Court procedure means that she can also offer to her clients the skills of a confident and direct advocate. Her attention to detail and articulate manner are among some of the most essential ingredients which contribute towards a successful outcome of Court proceedings.

Jackie has also presented at numerous Australian and international conferences and is a convenor of the Australian Family Lawyers’ Conference. She is also a contributing author to Halsbury’s Laws of Australia.

Jackie was raised in Canberra and completed her tertiary education at the Australian National University. She then spent several years working and travelling overseas. She returned to Australia and commenced work as a Family Law / Conveyancing Solicitor before joining Watts McCray to specialise in Family Law in February 2001. She has been a Partner since 2005.

Having been in practice for the last 22 years, Ms Wong Kai Yun maintains a niche focus on private wealth and family matters. Ms Wong’s family law clients typically comprise largely high net worth individuals with especial concerns over financial settlements, as well as expatriates with cross-jurisdictional issues.

Ms Wong is a Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers, as well as a registered practitioner of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners. She is an accredited Singapore Mediation Centre Associate Mediator, an accredited Mediator on their Family Panel, and sits on the panel of their Collaborative Family Practice. She is also the Executive Editor of the Singapore Journal of Legal Studies, the flagship law journal of the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore.

From its inauguration in 2013 to 2016, Ms Wong has been honoured as part of the Top 200 IFC (International Financial Centre) Power Women, and was also included as one of a select few of Singaporean lawyers listed on the Citywealth Leaders List. She was also named in the Doyles Guide for Family & Divorce Lawyers from 2015 to 2017.

Yap Teong Liang was called to the Bar of England and Wales (Middle Temple) in 1991 and admitted as an Advocate & Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore in June 1992.  On 10th June 2002, he set up his boutique law firm specialising in Family Law.

Teong Liang has represented high net worth clients and handles cases involving foreign marriages, cross-border international jurisdictional and forum issues (Australia, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, United Kingdom, United States of America), complex child abduction and relocation cases, child custody and access cases, maintenance for the child and wife, division of matrimonial assets and family violence.

He is listed as a Preeminent and Leading Family & Divorce Lawyer in the Doyle’s Guide.  

Teong Liang also practices as a Collaborative Family Practitioner, Parenting Coordinator and is an Associate Mediator with the Singapore Mediation Centre and an Accredited Mediator with the Family Justice Courts and Regent’s University, London (Mediation and Psychology). He is on the panel of Cross-Border Family Mediators of Mediation bei Internationalen Kindschaftskonflikten (MiKK), Berlin, Germany and the Cross-Border Family Mediator’s Network.

He was Chairperson of the Family Law Practice Committee of the Law Society of Singapore from 2006 to 2015 and is currently the Chairperson of the Family Law Section and Vice-President of LAWASIA.

He is appointed by the Chief Justice as a member of the Family Justice Rules Committee constituted pursuant to Section 46(1) of the Family Justice Act and appointed onto the panel of Child Representatives by the Family Justice Courts since October 2014.

Nancy Zalusky Berg’s career in family law began 1985. Since then she has been a zealous advocate for her clients in all areas of family law from complicated high asset dissolutions to tirelessly advocating for victims of domestic violence and child protection cases. Most significantly, Nancy offers unparalleled expertise in international family law including child abduction and recovery, and enforcement of foreign orders. Nancy is exceptional in identifying and solving complex international property and child related issues, with significant understanding of cultural dynamics as well as local laws.

Nancy’s  expertise is recognized locally and internationally. She is the current President of the International Academy of Family Lawyers (, past President of the IAFL – USA Chapter, a member of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, (, past member of the Minnesota Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board. She has spoken all over the world on international family law issues and child abduction. Nancy has lectured in Canada, Japan, Nigeria, Argentina and London. She has been in the “Best Lawyers in America” and identified as one of Minnesota’s “Super Lawyers” of Law & Politics, Minnesota Monthly and Mpls-St. Paul magazines since 1993. She has been one of the top 100 lawyers in Minnesota for many years and listed as one of the top 40 lawyers in the Family Law practice area by Law & Politics.  Ms. Berg has received a peer review rating of AV Preeminent by American Registry since 1995.  She is a qualified neutral under Rule 114 of the Minnesota General Rule of Practice.  Ms. Berg has also served on a variety of community non-profit boards. Ms. Berg is the “go to” person for referrals for mental health professionals and lawyers in other jurisdictions.  It is said she literally knows everyone! 

When Nancy is not reading or advocating, she has enjoyed riding dressage, knitting, working with glass creating stain glass windows and jewelry. Her favorite pastime however, is travelling the world to immerse herself in different cultures and understand the different legal systems.

Ms. Ningning Zhao is one partner of Jincheng Tongda & Neal Law Firm, one of the top and most respected law firms in China. Ms. Zhao is an eminent expert in international family laws. With over ten years of experience in international family laws, she deals with the cross-border family cases involved in divorce, child custody, asset division, wealth succession and private legal counsel as well as pre or post-marital agreements. She is the fellow of IAFL, member of LAWASIA, member of China Law Society, director of China International Private Law Society, Instructor of Communication University of China, a mediator of Oriental Mediation Centre in Shanghai, member of Civil Law Research Committee of Shanghai Bar Association. Ms. Ningning Zhao published the books at China-Law Press, they are LEGAL PRACTICE OF INTERNATIONAL FAMILY CASES, THE LAWYER PRACTICE IN CIVIL LITIGATION and FAMILY LAW. And she also published over 30 professional articles. Exchanging and sharing with practitioners, judges or law professors from various legal jurisdictions at kinds of international conferences is also one part of Claudia’s practicing experience.

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