Stacey Devoy TEP

Partner


Direct +852 2803 3724
Mobile +852 6258 9095
Fax +852 2803 3786
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Jurisdictions Hong Kong
England and Wales
New Zealand
Languages English

Profile

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.

 

What the Directories say

 

  • Stacey is 'quickly establishing a reputation in the market' and is 'definitely someone who is making an impact on family law' (Chambers Asia Pacific Guide 2020);

 

  • 'She is excellent - very committed with sound judgement and a terrific client manner' (Chambers Asia Pacific Guide 2021).

 

What clients say

 

  • ‘Stacey has the skills and wealth of experience to help you avoid the unseen pitfalls of divorce and progress towards the next chapter of your life.  Hong Kong’s best family lawyer (in my opinion).’

 

  • ‘I was able to trust her to handle the specific and complicated paperwork which required cross-cultural expertise in family law.  She turned a very stressful situation needing an experienced lawyer, into a positive outcome with smiles added on.’

 

  • ‘An empathetic professional who made a conscious effort not only to hear my words but, more importantly, the underlying message (goals, hopes, values) being communicated.  A legitimate leader in the field of family law.’

 

  • ‘During a highly charged and sensitive period in life, Stacey adopted a calm, firm but not combative approach to addressing issues and seeking out solutions.  She was attentive to my personal views while providing much needed objectivity in order to achieve a positive outcome in negotiations.  She continues to provide valuable insight as issues arise and I have great confidence in her going forward.’   

 

  • ‘Stacey's advice is neither formulaic nor one-size-fits-all. She asked many questions and listened carefully to understand my objectives and values. I appreciated her holistic understanding of the law, which allowed her to come up with creative, alternative solutions. She is a responsive, straightforward, and supportive lawyer who is able to give the information one needs to make their own decisions.’

Experience

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

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

Professional Affiliations and Memberships

2013 Hong Kong
2001 England and Wales
1991 New Zealand

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