People

Trainee Solicitor

Amanda develops a broad practice in corporate and commercial, probate and matrimonial law. She has assisted tech startups and leading lifestyle brands in seed financing, leasing, intellectual property protection and other corporate matters. She also has experience in handling complex private client matters in relation to marital agreements, cross-border divorce and non-contentious probate.

Amanda graduated from the University of Hong Kong with a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) in 2018 and subsequently earned her Postgraduate Certificate in Laws (PCLL) in 2019.

Amanda is native in English and fluent in Cantonese and Mandarin.

Consultant

Amy Kwan is the founder and CEO of Good Wills. As a qualified solicitor in both Queensland, Australia and Hong Kong, Amy holds extensive knowledge and experience in Will writing and consulting.

Through her prior experience in handling estate dispute matters, not only did Amy realise the importance of having a Will, but also a Will that correctly reflects the wishes and intention of the deceased. Amy has helped numerous clients in both Queensland and Hong Kong with different backgrounds and circumstances in drafting local Wills and Wills for other jurisdictions that best suit their personal needs.

As a consumer herself, Amy knows what a consumer is looking for from a service provider. She likes to think from the client’s perspective, and endeavours to provide the best and most efficient service she possibly can. Together with the experience she gained over the years, Amy would make Will-writing experience a pleasant and a personal one.

Business Development & Digital Transformation Specialist

Janessa focuses on building the brand of JC Legal to attract more partnerships and engagement in all sorts of formats, including but not limited to pro bono collaborations, event co-host, panelist and speaker etc. all over the world, especially in ASEAN. Janessa helps to elevate the social presence of JC Legal and its people with marketing strategies and interviews.

To streamline administrative work and create an effective system for the expanding team and client base, Janessa engages with and evaluates different service providers and vendors for the most suitable customised plan.

Before being a part of JC Legal, Janessa was in the lifestyle media industry, and had hands-on experiences in event planning and conducting social media campaigns.

Janessa is fluent in English, Cantonese and Mandarin.

Principal

With 15 years of practising experience in Malaysia and Hong Kong, Janice leads the broad practice of JC Legal in cross-border commercial law, dispute resolution and regulatory compliance. Well-connected with legal and corporate professionals in the Greater China region, ASEAN, UK, Europe and US, Janice advises extensively on cross-border matters, with particular focus on major mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures and commercial litigation. Her clients range from government agencies, listed companies, multinational licensed financial corporations, award-winning startups to trailblazers in fintech and crypto.

Janice is the mastermind behind the award-winning and widely popular Startup Steward Programme as well as Virtual Legal Clinic, empowering entrepreneurs with bespoke legal solutions. She is a frequent speaker at industry events and legal training with government institutions, chambers of commerce and the startup ecosystem.

Janice is fluent in English, Mandarin, Cantonese and Malay.

Head of Growth

Lesley drives the growth strategy and practice development of JC Legal, reporting directly to the Principal. She builds partnerships with consular and trade offices, chambers of commerce, the startup ecosystem and professional services firms in the Greater China region, ASEAN, UK, Europe and US to promote business and knowledge exchange. She also performs legal operations and recruitment.

Prior to joining the legal industry, Lesley had experience in media relations, business research, journalism and arts administration after reading English Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of Hong Kong.

Lesley is fluent in English and Cantonese. She also speaks Mandarin and elementary German.

Senior Paralegal

Lily specialises in corporate & commercial matters and regulatory compliance, with a focus on licensed activities, FinTech and data intelligence. She has extensive experience assisting in venture capital financing, employee share option structuring, data privacy protection and licensing for startups and regulated financial institutions. She also provides legal support in cross-border mergers & acquisitions and dispute resolution.

Lily passed the National PRC Judicial Examination in 2017 and holds a Master of Common Law from the University of Hong Kong as well as a Bachelor of Law from Shantou University.

Lily is native in Mandarin and speaks fluent English and Cantonese.

Consultant

Ms Pauline Chew specialises in commercial, civil litigation and arbitration. She is experienced in advising and acting for various corporate clients including banks, insurance companies, listed companies, major property developers as well as high-net-worth individual clients. Ms Chew has broad experience in conducting a wide range of cases including company/commercial litigation and matters, defamation, intellectual property litigation and matters, banking related litigation and matters, contentious wills and probate, personal injuries and insurance related cases, land related litigation and disputes, litigation and disputes relating to investment products, contractual disputes, matrimonial and criminal cases.

Ms Chew is fluent in Cantonese and English, and conversational in Putonghua.

Registered Foreign Lawyer (France)

Based in Leeds, Sarah Jane Tasteyre currently oversees JC Legal’s UK office, set up to meet the demands of an increasingly international region, with a focus on building professional networks with Asia, in particular Hong Kong and Malaysia.

Qualified in France in 2003, Sarah Jane has established herself as a reputable practitioner in cross-border family law, inheritance and probate between Hong Kong, France and the UK since 2015. She is an affiliate member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and a member of Resolution in the UK, a community of family justice professionals who work with families and individuals to resolve issues in a constructive way.

With her global vision of family protection, Sarah Jane regularly works with family lawyers in Asia and Europe, advising private clients on complicated matrimonial issues and estate planning. Her extensive work experience in Hong Kong and in the UK brought her a good understanding of common law.

Sarah Jane understand the needs of her clients and the misconceptions they may have of international law. She is skilled at adapting to every situation depending on the nationality, plans and resources of each client. She always seeks to find a solution to intricate situations.

Sarah Jane currently publishes a weekly bilingual podcast in French and English titled #DIVORCE dealing with divorce, separation and well-being, with co-host Audrey Zeitoun, a divorce and relationship coach, and various guests each week.

Registered Foreign Lawyer (PRC)

With around 12 years of practising experience in PRC, Sophie Liu specialises in cross-border matrimonial law and succession between Shenzhen and Hong Kong. With experience in both contentious and non-contentious matters, she is adept at quickly grasping key facts and formulating effective solutions. Her expertise includes family wealth planning, preservation and succession, which involves analysing family conditions and setting up various instruments such as familial agreements, wills and living wills, voluntary guardianship, family foundations and trusts, as well as family corporate governance structures.

Apart from private client matters, Sophie is well versed in cross-border civil and commercial law as well as dispute resolution. She has extensively advised leading companies in Europe and Asia on foreign investment, corporate governance and regulatory compliance in PRC.

Sophie is fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese, and speaks conversational English.