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Elsie Liu


Practice Areas

Hong Kong
Cantonese • English • Mandarin


(852) 2230 2895 / (852) 2230 2854
(852) 2845 1637
  • Profile

    Elsie Liu is the Head of Family Law Group at Haldanes and has been focusing on matrimonial and family law for over 25 years. She is one of the top divorce lawyers in Hong Kong who specialises not only in high-net-worth divorces but also in providing advice on matrimonial law to both the local and expatriate community.

    Elsie has a good reputation for her ability to litigate or negotiate a full-range of family and matrimonial issues, including premarital, marital, divorce and separation, assets division and maintenance, domestic violence as well as drafting pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements. She also deals with a lot of child issues which involve high-conflict custody, care and control and access applications as well as cross-border divorces that involve complex international jurisdiction issues. Over the years, Elsie has built up a strong relationship with barristers in both Hong Kong and London, matrimonial law firms in other jurisdictions, child psychologists; forensic accountants, and mediators and can call upon them for effective support.

    Apart from her litigation experience, Elsie is also a well-respected, accredited Family Mediator who is well-known in the industry. Given her passion in helping parents resolve children’s matters, she has experience in child inclusive mediation.

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    Notable Cases:

    In addition to the above, her experience also includes:-

    • Hague Convention Proceedings;
    • Obtaining and resisting Financial and Non-Molestation Injunctions;
    • Obtaining and resisting Prohibition and Restraining Orders;
    • Contesting or defending Forum or Jurisdiction arguments;
    • Representing clients in Appeal Proceedings in the Court of Appeal and the Court of Final Appeal; and
    • Representing clients in Guardianship of Minors Proceedings and Wardship Proceedings

    What the legal directories say:

    Elsie and her team at Haldanes consider themselves fortunate for the recognitions that Elsie and Haldanes have received for their expertise in Family and Matrimonial Law over the years. Such accolades include:-

    • Doyle’s Guide (Hong Kong edition): ‘Leading’ Family Law Mediator 2019 – 2022, ‘Preeminent’ Family & Divorce Lawyer 2020 – 2022
    • Benchmark Litigation – Tier 2 Family & Matrimonial Law Firm, Family & Matrimonial Litigation Star and Top 100 Women in Litigation 2021 – 2022
    • Benchmark Litigation – Family & Matrimonial Litigation Star  & Top 100 Women in Litigation  2020-2021;
    • Chambers and Partners Global and Asia-Pacific – Leading Firm and Notable Practitioner;
    • Asian Legal Business (ALB) Hong Kong Awards, Matrimonial and Family Law Firm of the Year – Finalist in 2003-2006 and 2009-2020
    • Asian Legal Business (ALB) Hong Kong Awards, Matrimonial and Family Law Firm of the Year – Winner in 2021


“She is very experienced with complicated and high-conflict divorces. She always advocates for the best interest for her clients and their children. She provides all detailed care and services to connect me to other expert professional counsels in all areas. She truly has a deep passion for her clients.”

Chambers & Partners

“Elsie is very kind-hearted and very understanding. She is the one that listens and is able to give advice. I feel very comfortable when working with Elsie.”

Chambers & Partners

“Came up with innovative solutions to the problems I encountered … also spent time to explain the process which other lawyers I encountered did not.”

Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific & China 2022 – dispute resolution

“Provided very detailed explanation of the case, actions need to be done and impacts. Each strategic move is well thought and planned to strive the most and of best interest for the client.”

Family and matrimonial

“Haldanes has expert knowledge in all areas of family law. They are a first-rate firm who are excellent at advising their clients, preparing the case and navigating it through the courts.”

Family and matrimonial


Doyle’s Guide 2023 – Leading Family & Divorce Lawyers – Hong Kong (Preeminent)

Chambers and Partners Asia-Pacific 2023 – Greater China Region: Family / Matrimonial Leading Lawyer (Band 1)

Doyle’s Guide 2022 – Leading Family & Divorce Lawyers – Hong Kong (Preeminent)

Chambers and Partners Asia-Pacific 2022 – Greater China Region: Band 1 Family / Matrimonial Leading Lawyer

Doyle’s Guide 2021 – Leading Family & Divorce Lawyers – Hong Kong (Preeminent)

Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific 2021 – Top 100 Women in Litigation

Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific 2021 – Family & Matrimonial Litigation Star

Doyle’s Guide 2020 – Leading Family & Divorce Lawyers – Hong Kong (Preeminent)

Doyle’s Guide 2020 – Leading Family & Divorce Mediators – Hong Kong

Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific 2020 – Top 100 Women in Litigation

Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific 2020 – Family & Matrimonial Litigation Star

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