Marcus Dearle

Marcus DearleMarcus Dearle has over 30 years of experience acting in complex domestic and international family law cases, with specialist expertise acting for trustees in divorce and trust cases as well as acting in pre- and post-nuptial agreement (PNA) cases.

He is Chair of the International Bar Association, Family Law Committee, and a Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers (IAFL). IAFL is a worldwide association of practising lawyers who are recognised by their peers as the most experienced and skilled family law specialists in their respective countries.

In addition to being admitted in England & Wales, he uniquely practices Hong Kong family law from London. He is also admitted, but not practising in, the BVI.

He acted for the corporate trustee of an offshore Guernsey trust in a major and complex divorce and trust case which went to trial in the High Court in London in 2001, and then to the Court of Appeal in 2008: Judge v Judge [2008] EWCA Civ 1458. Lord Justice Wilson in the Court of Appeal found that the trustee had, 'adopted a stance not only properly defensive of the interests of the trust, but also both neutral as between the husband and the wife and essentially helpful to the court.'

Over the past 10 years in Hong Kong he has led the family law teams acting in a number of groundbreaking international family law cases that have gone to the Hong Kong Court of Appeal and/or Court of Final Appeal, including the Florence Tsang case TCWF v LKKS [2014] HKEC 1593 (the largest Hong Kong divorce case), and the landmark divorce and trust, Court of Final Appeal, case of Otto Poon [2014] HKEC 1174, when he acted for the professional trustee, HSBC International Trustee Limited - a case which the Financial Times reported as having 'Rattled the Trust Industry' in Hong Kong. He also acted in LCYP v JEK [2019] HKCFI 1588, which is now the leading PNA case in Hong Kong.

He is recognised as a leader in the field family law in Chambers directory, and as a leading trust litigation practitioner in Legal Week's Private Client Global Elite directory. He is also listed in Who's Who Legal. In Chambers Asia Pacific in 2016, his entry stated, 'when he speaks, you listen, as he always gets the case spot on'.

He is on the Consultant Editorial Board of Lexis Practical Guidance in Hong Kong. He wrote the chapter on Divorce and Trusts in Sweet & Maxwell's 2010 publication 'Family Law and Practice in Hong Kong' and in the 2nd (2014) and 3rd (2018) editions.

He lectures widely at international conferences and has been interviewed on international TV news networks, including by the BBC.

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