People

Principal

With 16 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 Greater China, ASEAN, UK and Europe, Janice advises extensively on cross-border matters, with a focus on transactional matters 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.

Consultant

Jodie Mak develops a broad practice in personal injury and corporate & commercial law. She has extensive experience in advising insurers or insured parties on matters of personal injury, employees’ compensation and product liability, including risk management and dispute resolution arising thereof in the High Court and District Court of Hong Kong. She joined JC Legal in 2018 after practising at reputable firms in Hong Kong and Australia.

Jodie is proficient in English and Cantonese, and also speaks Mandarin.

Consultant

Ms. Pauline Chew specializes in commercial, civil litigation and arbitration. She is experienced in advising and acting for various corporate clients including banks, insurance companies, listed companies and major property developer, and also high net worth/ well known individual clients.  Ms. Chew has broad experience in conducting a wide range of cases including company/ commercial litigation and matters, mainland related/ cross-border litigation and arbitration cases, directors’ and shareholders’ disputes, 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, divorce and distribution of assets in matrimonial cases, ICAC/ SFC investigations and criminal cases.

Ms. Chew was admitted in 1998.  Prior to joining our firm, Ms. Chew was a partner for six years in a sizeable and long established law firm in Hong Kong, and thereafter as a partner in a medium sized law firm for seven years.

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

Consultant

A dual-qualified lawyer (South Africa; Hong Kong), Marthinus specialises in dispute resolution. With a background in commercial litigation, Marthinus has extensive experience in insolvency and restructuring, general commercial disputes, trusts and tax.

Marthinus graduated with a BA LLB from Stellenbosch University, South Africa. He subsequently obtained an LLM in Tax Law from the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

After completing his training contract and one year as a litigation associate at a reputable Cape Town law firm, Marthinus moved to Hong Kong in 2019 to work as in-house legal counsel at a financial services firm. Marthinus was admitted as a Hong Kong solicitor upon passing the 2021 Overseas Lawyers Qualification Exams. Prior to joining JC Legal, Marthinus spent a year as an associate at one of Hong Kong’s leading contentious insolvency teams.

Consultant

Stephanie develops a broad practice in corporate and commercial matters, with extensive experience in advising private and public companies in equity capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, and other general commercial and regulatory compliance matters.

Prior to joining JC Legal, Stephanie was an associate in the corporate and finance group in the Hong Kong office of an international law firm.

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

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.

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.

Associate

Admitted as a solicitor in 2022 in Hong Kong and in England and Wales in 2024, Yuki specialises in cross-border dispute resolution and transactional matters. She is well versed in civil and commercial litigation, with experience in handling complex disputes involving the jurisdictions of PRC, Australia and Malaysia.

Apart from contentious matters, Yuki has advised on mergers & acquisitions for cross-border land sale in Japan and joint ventures between subsidiaries of listed companies in Hong Kong and Malaysia.

Yuki graduated with the Postgraduate Certificate in Laws on the Dean’s List and obtained her Juris Doctor degree with Distinction from the City University of Hong Kong.

Yuki is fluent in English, Cantonese and Mandarin.

Associate

Admitted as a solicitor in 2023, 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.