Admiralty Chambers

Keith Hotten 賀傑峰

Year of Call

  • Middle Temple, England & Wales (1990)
  • Hong Kong (2000)


Specialist Areas of Practice:

  • Family Law – all areas relating to Divorce and Matrimonial Finance, Trusts and MPS and the Law relating to Children: Custody, Access, Child Maintenance, Lawful and Unlawful Removal (Hague), Warship, Injunctions, Domestic Violence, Marital Agreements, Enforcement and Cohabitees
  • Criminal Defence: all areas of criminal trial advocacy
  • General Civil – Contract, Injunctions and Recovery
  • CEDR & HKIAC Accredited Mediator – Matrimonial and Commercial





  •  Hotten & Ho ‘On Family & Divorce Law in Hong Kong’ Vols. I, II, III, & IV LexisNexis, 2019
  •  Halsbury’s Laws of Hong Kong (2nd Edition) ‘Criminal Law’ (2017)
  •  Halsbury’s Laws of Hong Kong (2nd Edition) ‘Criminal Procedure’ (2017)
  •  On Family Law – Hong Kong Practice & Procedure Website – 2017
  • The Hong Kong Family Court Practice, 2nd Edition (with Azan Marwah & Shaphan Marwah), LexisNexis, (2015)
  • ‘Family Law Practice & Procedure in Hong Kong’, 2nd Edition,(with Azan Marwah & Shaphan Marwah) LexisNexis, (2015)
  • Halsbury’s Laws of Hong Kong (2nd Edition) ‘Family Law” (2012), LexisNexis, Vol. 28
  • ‘Right to Family’ Chapter 26, The Law of the Hong Kong Constitution Johannes Chan SC (Ed) 2nd Edition, Sweet & Maxwell 2015
  • Halsbury’s Laws of Hong Kong ‘Legal Practitioners’ (2014) Vol. 37
  • ‘The Hong Kong Family Court Practice’ LexisNexis, (2010)
  • ‘Taking the Law into our Own Hands: Children & Collaborative Practice in Hong Kong’ Hong Kong Lawyer, (Feb 2009, p.57)
  • ‘The Essential Statutes on Hong Kong Matrimonial Law and Procedure’, LexisNexis (2008)
  • Halsbury’s Laws of Hong Kong ‘Evidence’ (2006) LexisNexis, Vol. 12(1)

Over the past 29 years as a trial advocate I have specialised almost exclusively in criminal defence and prosecution and family law. I practised from Chambers in the Middle Temple in London, and Nottingham for almost 16 years, undertaking over 800 jury trials as a criminal trial advocate in the Crown Court. I also had a smaller civil practice concentrating mainly on family law in the County Court. I returned to Hong Kong to practise in 2006, since when my work has focused almost exclusively criminal trial advocacy in all the criminal courts in Hong Kong and all aspects of family law and matrimonial finance in the Family Court. I was junior counsel in Court of Final Appeal in LKW v. DD FACV 16/2008; (2010) 13 HKCFAR 537. This landmark CFA judgment is now the leading authority on the division of matrimonial assets in ancillary relief cases in Hong Kong. I am also very honoured to hold the post of Principal Lecturer in the Faculty of Law at the University of Hong Kong, where I teach criminal procedure and professional practice and, since 2008, have been responsible for Matrimonial Practice & Procedure Elective on the PCLL. My post at HKU has also given me the time and opportunity to publish widely in matrimonial and criminal law. I am married to a commercial law solicitor who has brought me two lovely young step-children, both at local Chinese schools. I also have two teenage children, currently studying in England.

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