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Divorce and family law
Georgina is a Senior Director at Vardags and Head of London & Cambridge Family. Georgina has particular expertise in high value multi-jurisdictional divorce cases and jurisdictional disputes. She has had tremendous success advising on cases involving Malaysia, Uganda, Jordan, Japan, Iraq, Russia, and many European countries. In addition to her ultra-high net worth divorce caseload, Georgina advises on complex prenuptial, separation and cohabitation agreements and disputes and private children law proceedings. Drawing from her past experience as a private client lawyer, Georgina also works on complex divorce cases concerning family trusts and pre-acquired wealth.
Georgina joined Vardags in January 2013 as an assistant solicitor. Within two years she moved from assistant to director and in 2018 to Head of London & Cambridge Family. This record progress followed her dedication to her clients and consistent success on their behalf. Fully engaged in client work, she personally leads a team consisting of six directors, twenty-five lawyers and twenty-two graduate trainees. Legal 500 has previously described Georgina as ‘superb’.
One of Georgina’s most notable cases is Chai v Peng, in which she helped lead ex-Miss Malaysia, Pauline Chai to victory in her High Court jurisdiction battle in October 2014. Georgina and the team subsequently secured maintenance pending suit and legal services arrears from her husband, Dr Khoo, of over £500,000 in the Court of Appeal. A further £144,000 was also successfully seized directly from his bank account. In February 2016 Mr Justice Bodey ordered Dr Khoo to offer settlement openly within 21 days, the first order of its kind to be made by the English court. In April 2017 Ms Chai was awarded £64 million, one of the largest ever divorce settlements.
In the ground-breaking Part III case Z v Z (2016), Georgina, leading a team of three, established that a former spouse can still secure a multi-million pound award despite an existing financial order which claimed on its face to settle all worldwide claims. Georgina also led Al-Baker v Al-Baker, in which she secured an immediate committal order against the husband for non-disclosure, permission to proceed under Part III in the face of competing divorce proceedings in Portugal after the husband registered a talaq in the Sharjah courts, a worldwide freezing order, and interim maintenance. In October 2016, her client was awarded £63 million, England’s largest ever Part III award.
She has recently led two of the biggest cases going through the English divorce courts. One involved ground-breaking arguments in relation to the application of Article 5 of Brussels II as between England and Italy, and the other a defence of the husband’s alleged Special Contribution to a long marriage, producing three children, in circumstances where the wealth of the family has fluctuated by many hundreds of millions.
Georgina has written articles for The Independent and The Brief and has featured in The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Sunday Times and the Evening Standard as well as the general legal press, including Lexis Nexis. She has also spoken on BBC Radio 5 live, BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio Northern Ireland and has appeared on the BBC News Channel, ITV News, and Wright Stuff on Channel 5.
Reported cases include:
- Z and Z and Others  EWHC 911 (Fam)
- Al-Baker v Al-Baker  EWHC 3229 (Fam)
- Peng v Chai  EWCA Civ 1312 (Court of Appeal)
- Chai v Peng  EWCA Civ 790
- Chai v Peng (Estoppel: Foreign Judgment) (No 1)  EWHC 3519 (Fam)  2 FLR 41
- Chai v Peng (Jurisdiction: Forum Conveniens) (No 2)  EWHC 3518 (Fam)  2 FLR 424
- Chai v Peng  EWHC 1519 (Fam)
- Chai v Peng  EWHC 750 (Fam)  2 FLR 1189
Royal Holloway, University of London (2003-2006 BA Geography); BPP Law School, Waterloo (2006-2007 Graduate Diploma in Law); BPP Law School, Holborn (2007-2008 Legal Practice Course).
Georgina was born and raised in Kent. She was part of the British Dressage Team for many years, winning two European team medals, obtaining a sports scholarship to her university and winning sports personality of the year for both Kent in 2001 and her university in 2006. She took great pride in watching her former teammates win gold at the London 2012 Olympics, after having chosen the law over a professional riding career in 2006. Georgina also enjoys long walks in the country, sailing, travelling, and spending time with friends and family, the latest addition to which is her second son Logan, born in July 2020, to whom, along with his older brother Dylan, she hopes to set the best possible example as a hard-working but tirelessly dedicated working mother.
Lawyer Rankings(Leading individuals)
Vardags‘ reputation is one of big money and hard fights. What that conceals is the diligence and care that the team takes with every single one of its cases.’ The firm has extensive coverage throughout the country through its various offices and specialises in complex, challenging, high profile and international litigation for its predominantly wealthy client base. The ‘very bright‘ Ayesha Vardag is well known. The ‘very impressive‘ Georgina Hamblin heads the team that is among the ‘crème de la crème and provides a Rolls Royce service. The client care and attention to detail is second to none’. The ‘first-rate children lawyer’ Katherine Res Pritchard has been described as the ‘doyenne of the future’. Simon McKirgan is skilled at handling high-net-worth divorces and separation that often involve complex jurisdictional issues as well as other issues such as private children proceedings. The team provides ‘very much a high-end personal service‘.