Payne Clermont finalist in Asian Legal Business Awards 2015 Matrimonial Law Firm of the Year and Boutique Law Firm of the Year Hong Kong
Lawyer Monthly Business Crime Law Firm of the Year 2015 Hong Kong
Payne Clermont Solicitors Winner IAIR Awards Excellence in Legal Practice 2013

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Admitted to practice in:

  • Hong Kong (1994)
  • High Court of Australia (1994)
  • South Australia (1992)
  • Tasmania (2003)

Memberships:

  • Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre Users’ Council
  • Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre Mediation Council

Appointments:

  • The Law Society of Hong Kong Standing Committee on Compliance
  • The Law Society of Hong Kong Guidance Committee

Bio:

Greg graduated from the University of Adelaide with degrees in Law and Economics in 1991. After serving as an Associate to the Honourable Mr. Justice Perry of the Supreme Court of South Australia, Greg moved to Hong Kong in 1993, where he became qualified to practise in 1994.

Prior to founding his own firm in 2010, Greg was a partner at a well-known Hong Kong firm and a Senior Government Counsel with the Civil Litigation Unit of the Department of Justice, Hong Kong.

Greg’s practice at Payne Clermont covers three main areas: commercial litigation, matrimonial litigation and criminal litigation.

In the commercial litigation area, Greg handles cases in the High Court, District Court and Appellate Courts of Hong Kong, including contractual disputes; international trade disputes; sale of goods disputes; shareholders’ disputes; claims against company directors; guarantees; general debt recovery; fraud and asset tracing; company liquidations; and landlord and tenant disputes.

Furthermore, Greg has extensive experience acting for both employers and employees in employment disputes (including assisting clients to deal with claims in the Labour Tribunal and acting for clients when Labour Tribunal Claims are transferred to the District or High Court).

In the private client sphere, Greg handles matrimonial litigation and criminal litigation. As a family lawyer, Greg represents many clients going through separation and divorce, in the Hong Kong Family Court.

In the criminal law field, Greg focuses on defending clients charged with commercial crimes such as money laundering and the often-related offences of fraud and using a false instrument. Greg has also represented clients in Stock Exchange and Securities and Futures Commission investigations.

Greg is committed to Alternative Dispute Resolution as a practical alternative to Court proceedings and he has frequently represented clients in both mediations and arbitrations. Greg is a HKIAC-accredited General Mediator.

Gregory Payne Founder & Partner Payne Clermont Solicitors Hong Kong

Gregory Payne

Founder & Partner
Payne Clermont Solicitors
Hong Kong

Reported Cases:

  • Commonwealth v. Bourdon, 71 Mass. App. Ct 420 (2008)
  • Commonwealth v. Bourdon, 68 Mass. App. Ct 526 (2007)
  • White v. Safety Insurance Company, 65 Mass. App. Ct. 607 (2006)

Bio:

Adam is an experienced trial attorney and is admitted to practice in Hong Kong and the United States of America. Adam concentrates in complex civil litigation and criminal defence, including sexual assault cases and white-collar commercial crime and money laundering cases brought by the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) and the Commercial Crime Bureau.  Adam also handles cross-border litigation involving Hong Kong and the United States, including asset recovery for fraud victims.

While in the United States, Adam successfully tried many cases before juries consisting of 6 and 12 members of the community, which provides Adam with a unique perspective to evaluate your case, as Hong Kong has a solicitor/barrister distinction and most solicitors do not act as an advocate at trial.  Adam conducts his own trials in the Magistrates and District Courts and, when necessary, instructs appropriate counsel.  In those cases where a barrister is instructed, Adam is actively involved in every aspect of his cases, providing a hands-on and practical approach.

Some of Adam’s notable cases include:

  • Acted on behalf of a former employee of an investment fund and former director of a Hong Kong based manufacturing company who was sued for negligence, breach of fiduciary duty and breach of contract allegedly resulting in damages in excess of HK$77 million.  The case was resolved favourably by way of settlement.
  • Represented two Hong Kong corporations that were implicated in money laundering activities carried out by the Sinaloa Drug Trafficking Cartel and other organized crime syndicates where it was estimated that the drug traffickers were laundering over US$25 to US$30 million dollars per month through certain entities and over US$89 million was seized by U.S. authorities.  The U.S. instituted proceedings in both the U.S and Hong Kong to seize several bank accounts owned by the companies.  As a result of Adam’s efforts, the U.S. proceedings were resolved and the majority of the funds in the seized accounts were returned to his clients.
  • Acted on behalf of a foreign corporation in a multi-defendant action where approximately US$900,000.00 was fraudulently transferred into two bank accounts located in Hong Kong.  As a result of Adam’s efforts, a Mareva Injunction was obtained and the bank accounts were frozen, which prevented the funds from being transferred outside the jurisdiction.
  • Represented a client who, during the context of a bitter divorce, was accused by his wife of committing a sex act upon their child.  After a 10-day trial, the client was found not guilty of gross indecency and common assault.
  • Acted for an international corporate executive who was accused of sexual assault.  Adam’s client was found not guilty after trial.
  • Acting for several clients charged with breach of condition of stay in the Magistrates Court and getting very good outcomes for them (either a bind-over or a fine).
  • Representing a stand-up comic charged with ‘glassing’ a member of the audience, in a high profile trial which garnered significant media coverage. Adam secured a remarkably light sentence for the client, which the prosecution unsuccessfully attempted to increase on review.

By working closely with his clients right from the start, Adam, who has approximately two decades of trial experience, can offer an early case assessment, thereby providing clients with a realistic budget that maximizes their resources while providing cost-efficient and effective results.

Adam Clermont, Partner at Payne Clermont

Adam Clermont

Partner
Payne Clermont Solicitors
Hong Kong

Admitted to practice in:

  • Hong Kong (1995)
  • England and Wales (1997)

Bio:

Cheng Shui Tai graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology in 1981. During 1991 to 1993, Cheng Shui Tai completed the Common Professional Exam and Law Society’s Finals at Bristol Polytechnic (now known as the University of the West of England, Bristol).

He also obtained a Bachelor of Laws at the Beijing University in 1998.
 Prior to establishing S.T. Cheng & Co., Solicitors, now in association with Payne Clermont, Cheng Shui Tai was a partner at a well-known Hong Kong law firm. Cheng Shui Tai has experience in providing a wide range of legal commercial services to local Mainland Chinese and foreign clients.

He has represented international clients who come from many parts of the world, including, the United States, the United Kingdom, Russia, Europe, and Asia. Cheng Shui Tai has established trusting relationships with his clients. 
Cheng Shui Tai also has extensive experience in handling conveyancing, landlord and tenant, and building management matters. He has handled cases and advised his clients in respect of a broad range of commercial matters, civil and criminal litigation, wills probate and administration matters, matrimonial matters, company secretarial service, and intellectual property matters (both non-contentious and contentious).

Shui Tai, Partner at Payne Clermont

Cheng Shui Tai

Partner
Payne Clermont Solicitors
Hong Kong

Admitted to practice in:

  • Hong Kong (2013)

Memberships:

  • Association Internationale des Juenes Avocats (AIJA – International Association of Young Lawyers)
  • Hong Kong Family Law Association
  • Philippine Association of Hong Kong
  • De La Salle Alumni Association – One La Salle Hong Kong Chapter

Appointments:

  • Member of the Executive Committee of the Hong Kong Family Law Association (2017)
  • Director – Business Development Committee of the Philippine Association of Hong Kong (2017)
  • Board Member & Vice President of the De La Salle Alumni Association – One La Salle Hong Kong Chapter (2016)

Languages

  • English
  • Tagalog

 

Bio:

Jaerey is an experienced family law practitioner, who regularly appears in the Family Court of Hong Kong. Her practice focuses on matrimonial and family law, including divorce; child custody, care and control, and access arrangements; enforcement and variation of care and control, and access arrangements; international relocation of the children; applications for temporary removal of the children from Hong Kong; ancillary relief applications relating to interim maintenance, spousal maintenance, and child maintenance; enforcement and variation of spousal and child maintenance orders; division of matrimonial assets and financial settlements between the parties; and pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements.

Jaerey has argued, on behalf of clients, in the Hong Kong Family Court: First Appointment Hearings (“FA Hearings”); Children’s Dispute Resolution Hearings (“CDR Hearings”); and Financial Dispute Resolution Hearings (“FDR Hearings”). Jaerey has attended mediation with clients in order to assist to resolve outstanding ancillary relief and children’s issues. Jaerey also has substantial experience in assisting clients to participate in co-parenting sessions.

Jaerey graduated from De La Salle University with a Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Philosophy (2005) before coming to Hong Kong to pursue her studies in Law, graduating with a Bachelor of Laws with Honours (2010) at the City University of Hong Kong.

Jaerey also attended a training course on Parenting Coordination in November 2016.

Jaerey Velasco, Partner at Payne Clermont Solicitors Hong Kong

Jaerey Velasco

Partner
Payne Clermont Solicitors
Hong Kong

 

Languages

  • English
  • Cantonese

Bio:

Damen assists with our commercial litigation practice, with a focus on a contractual disputes, commercial fraud and asset tracing including the identification and freezing of assets in aid of local and foreign proceedings, private company shareholders’ disputes and international carriage of goods claims.

He also assists in advising both employers and employees in connection with contentious and non-contentious employment law matters including wrongful dismissal, unreasonable dismissal, summary dismissal, redundancy and lay-offs, enforceability of restraint of trade clauses, protection and use of confidential information, termination of employment entitlements, garden leave, contracts of employment in general and claims in the Labour Tribunal.

Prior to joining us, Damen was a commercial litigation lawyer in Melbourne, Australia. He primarily acted in proceedings commenced in the Supreme Court of Victoria with an emphasis on complex commercial disputes representing both public and private companies and private clients. His recent experience includes advising on minority shareholders’ remedies in oppression proceedings, commercial property unit trust disputes, claims against directors for breach of fiduciary duties, debt recovery and sale of goods disputes.

Damen Holmes Legal Assistant Payne Clermont Solicitors Hong Kong

Damen Holmes

Legal Assistant
Payne Clermont Solicitors
Hong Kong

Languages

  • English
  • Cantonese
  • Mandarin

Bio:

Loretta joined Payne Clermont in 2015 after she completed the Postgraduate Certificate in Laws (PCLL) at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.  Loretta graduated from the same university with a Juris Doctor in 2014.

Since joining Payne Clermont, Loretta provides support in both civil and criminal litigation, with a focus on family and matrimonial law.

Loretta provides support in:

  • Divorce cases and applications under the Guardianship of Minors Ordinance (GMO), including:-
  • Child custody, care and control
  • Access arrangements
  • Financial Dispute Resolution (FDR)
  • Children Dispute Resolution (CDR)
  • Child maintenance
  • Spousal maintenance
  • Maintenance Pending Suit (MPS)
  • Division of matrimonial assets
  • Civil appeals at the Court of Appeal of Hong Kong, including:-
  • Applications for leave to appeal to the Court of Appeal
  • Appeal hearings at the Court of Appeal

Prior to joining the legal profession, Loretta graduated from the University of California, Davis with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and a Master of Science in Forensic Science.  Upon her return to Hong Kong from the United States in 2009, Loretta worked as a laboratory technician for prohibited drugs testing and research at the Hong Kong Jockey Club Racing Laboratory.

Loretta Ho, Trainee Solicitor at Payne Clermont Solicitors Hong Kong.

Loretta Ho

Trainee Solicitor
Payne Clermont Solicitors
Hong Kong

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