About Keith 賀傑峰

‘For some people education is a value in itself, something to be sought after because the more educated we are, the more civilised we become. Through education we become better people, more sensitive, able to appreciate the true and the beautiful, able to find sophisticated pleasures in the world; we become better citizens.’ 
Prof Ian Craib – my favourite university tutor.

Keith Hotten – I have been a barrister for over 30 years, having been Called to the Bar of England & Wales in 1990 (Middle Temple) and Hong Kong in 2000 – as a practising lawyer, I have always prosecuted and defended in criminal trials but, as of June 2021, I now only undertake defence work in the Magistrates’, District and High Courts. Of course, I also continue to represent private clients in divorce and matrimonial proceedings, including children’s matters together with some, limited, High Court Commercial work. As “Dr. Hotten” I am very privileged to continue to teach part-time as an Adjunct Professor, in the Faculty of Law at the University of Hong Kong where, since 2008, I have run the PCLL elective in ‘Matrimonial Practice and Procedure’ as well as teaching criminal law and professional practice. I am an Associate Academic at Manchester Metropolitan University in the UK and a CEDR and HKIAC accredited mediator, undertaking work as a Mediator for private clients in family and general civil litigation disputes. Finally, I am a member of the Examining Panel of the Higher Rights Assessment Board (2012- present).

賀傑峰我當了大律師已經超過29年。早於1990年在英國和威爾士(Middle Temple) 2000年在香港獲得大律師資格。作為執業律師,我主要處理家事和兒童事務,以及在刑事案件中當辯護律師。

作為H博士我很榮幸在香港大學法律系執教鞭,負責一個研究生課程-婚姻訴訟和程序(Matrimonial Practice and Procedure)、刑事法(Criminal Law)和專業實踐(Professional Practice)另外作為一位英國糾紛解決中心(CEDR和香港國際仲裁中心認可調解員,我除了為私人客戶在家事糾紛進行調解之外,也替更廣泛的民事訴訟糾紛進行調解。在香港,我積極參與及促進各訴訟外紛爭解決制度(替代性糾紛解決)。我也是較高級法院出庭發言權評核委員會(2012)成員之一。

Unlike most of my contemporaries I already had greying hair by the time I signed the Call book at the Middle Temple in 1990 – a very proud day for my parents, particularly my mother, who struggled breathless into the Middle Temple Hall, knowing she was dying from cancer. Having purchased a new three-piece suit, so expensive it could only have been made from the chest hairs of a privately educated sheep, I completed a year in pupillage in Building and Construction Law at 39 Essex Street. After that, initially merely to get some court advocacy experience, to coin a phrase, I turned to crime and later children’s law and divorce and have not looked back since. So my slightly late start has been no real disadvantage. Indeed, my university education up to doctoral level was in social sciences, philosophy and literature and I regard this as an enormous privilege that, perhaps to an even greater extent than the study of the law, continues to shaped the person I am.

Closer to the legal process, my work as a research assistant for several (Labour) MPs at the House of Commons in London between 1984 to 1988 (whilst undertaking my doctoral research on British socialist economic and industrial policy), gave me a tremendous insight into the (often politically brutal) way legislation comes on to the statute books.

‘By the end of the evening, all  Keith’s friends were in complete agreement with his views on politics and religion’

My main areas of research are also my areas of practice: Family and Matrimonial Law, including Child Law, Matrimonial Finance & Property (ancillary relief), Criminal Law & Evidence and Alternative Dispute Resolution.

Recent Publications:

    • Hotten & Ho ‘On Family & Divorce Law in Hong Kong’ Vols. I, II, III, & IV LexisNexis, (2021 – updated March & December)
    • Halsbury’s Laws of Hong Kong, (2nd Edition) ‘Legal Practitioners’ Vol. 37 LexisNexis (2021)
    • Hotten & Ho “Hong Kong Family Court Practice” (Single Vol) LexisNexis (2020)
    • Hotten & Ho Family Law Practice & Procedure in Hong Kong (Student Edition) LexisNexis (2021)
    • Halsbury’s Laws of Hong Kong ‘ (2nd Edition) ‘Contempt of Court’ Vol. 16 LexisNexis (2019)
    • Halsbury’s Laws of Hong Kong (2nd Edition) ‘Criminal Law’ Vol 20 (2019)
    • Halsbury’s Laws of Hong Kong (2nd Edition) ‘Criminal Procedure’ Vol 21 (2019)
    • Halsbury’s Laws of Hong Kong (2nd Edition) ‘Family Law’ Vol 28, LexisNexis (2018)
    • On Family Law – Hong Kong Practice & Procedure Website – (updated when I can)
    • ‘Right to Family’ Chapter 26, The Law of the Hong Kong Constitution Johannes Chan SC (Ed) 2nd Edition, Sweet & Maxwell 2015
    • ‘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)