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Jonathan Mok

Principal  |  Jonathan Mok Legal
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

Hong Kong
England and Wales
New South Wales, Australia
Tasmania, Australia

TOP AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Matrimonial and family disputes
Trust and Probate disputes, mental incapacity applications
Private clients advisory and structuring

Q&A

What has been the highlight of your practice over the past 12 months?

I continue to represent UHNW clients in dealing with their contentious and non-contentious matters including wealth planning arrangements for their next generation.

How did you get into private client?

When I came back to HK in 1992, I joined a firm known for divorce. I was always very interested in litigation – so I focused on matrimonial and criminal defence work. When I joined Johnson Stokes & Master in 1995, they needed someone with that expertise, as part of their full service offering. I did private client work as a natural progression. I always see myself as a 100% private client lawyer, continuing to do that for 22 years in JSM Mayer Brown, leaving in 2017 to establish my own firm Jonathan Mok Legal.

What advice would you give rising stars/new lawyers in the private client world?

Given that private client is a niche practice, they should have a good foundation by learning from the specialists in this field. For the contentious rising stars, they should aim to develop their advocacy skills by representing clients in court hearings so that they can acquire hands on experience which is essential for advising clients in litigious matters

What is your favourite quote?

A good settlement is one which leaves the parties feeling a bit dissatisfied and at the same time they don’t regard themselves as having achieved complete success in their claim.

Do you have any outside interests or hobbies?

Private client takes up so much time! I enjoy exercising – jogging and swimming.

When the restaurants reopen, where would you like to go?

There are many interesting restaurants such as The Harwood Arms or Dishoom in London. For Tokyo, Effervescence or Narisawa which specialise in modern French cuisine with a Japanese component. Candlenut in Singapore serves high-end Peranakan cuisine.