A judge in a bitter divorce case involving a tycoon and his wife, and assets estimated at HK$870 million, has called for a review of divorce legislation, saying present laws do not allow parties to seek settlements in Hong Kong regarding their assets if they get divorced abroad. At present, once Hong Kong recognises a divorce procured overseas, the city's courts can no longer rule on either the husband's or the wife's application for ancillary relief, because in recognising the divorce, the marriage is officially dissolved. 'Serious injustice could arise from this jurisdictional limitation,' Mrs Justice Doreen Le Pichon said. 'For example, where the marriage is terminated by foreign proceedings in which no financial order is made, the Hong Kong courts would have no power to grant financial relief even where there are matrimonial assets within the jurisdiction.' She said Britain addressed the issue by introducing Part III of the Matrimonial and Family Proceedings Act 1984, which gave English courts the right to grant ancillary relief to parties divorced overseas. She said she would call for an immediate change to the legislation to give Hong Kong courts jurisdiction in appropriate cases to deal with ancillary relief even after recognising an overseas divorce. Mrs Justice Le Pichon gave her views in a judgment yesterday on a divorce involving a husband and wife, identified only as YJ and ML in court documents, whose combined wealth was estimated at HK$870 million in May last year. The judges hearing the case at the Court of Appeal - Mrs Justice Le Pichon, Mr Justice Peter Cheung and Mr Justice Arjan Sakhrani - decided by a majority to recognise a divorce that the husband had applied for in Shenzhen. The effect of the ruling is that the wife can no longer seek relief in Hong Kong regarding unresolved assets, including HK$66 million worth of assets in Hong Kong. However, they noted she may still pursue her claims on the mainland. The couple were born on the mainland. They got married in Shenzhen in 1992, moved to Hong Kong in the early '90s and have two sons. They had considerable property and shares in companies on the mainland and in Hong Kong.