Simon McKirgan > Vardags > London, England > Lawyer Profile


Work Department

Divorce and family law


Simon, Senior Partner at Vardags, specialises in the top end of high net worth divorce. He has particular expertise in managing ultra-high net worth cases involving very complex financial issues and cross-jurisdictional disputes. He has the expertise and command of both broad lines and forensic detail to be in complete command of his multi-billion pound cases. Simon also deals with separation and cohabitation disputes and private children law proceedings, including international relocation.

Simon has great experience in representing individuals or their partners from the venture capital, hedge fund, City, banking, entertainment and sporting sectors, and leading entrepreneurs. He has particular expertise in handling the sensitivities around celebrity cases. As a trained collaborative lawyer, he is able to settle cases through conciliatory negotiation as well as through tough litigation.


Simon trained with Tilley & Co, St. Albans, where he qualified in 1999. In 2001, Simon moved to Horsey Lightly in Newbury as an associate in the family department. He joined Royds LLP as a senior associate in 2006, and was made partner in 2007. Simon joined Vardags as a director in April 2013 and was promoted to Senior Director in April 2015.

All of Simon’s cases involve assets in the tens or hundreds of millions of pounds and recently he acted for the husband in the high-profile case of FRB v DCA, an immensely complex and high-profile divorce case involving the scions of two allegedly billionaire families.

Reported cases include:

  • FRB v DCA [No. 2] [2020] EWHC 754 (Fam)
  • FRB v DCA [2019] EWHC 2816 (Fam)
  • DE v AB [2014] EWCA Civ 1064 (Fam)
  • Young v Young [2013] EWCH 3637 (Fam)
  • AB v CD & C [2019] EWHC 1695 (Fam)
  • AB and CD and C [2019] EWHC 1695 (Fam)


Simon is a member of Resolution, an accredited member of the Solicitors Regulation Authority Family Law Accreditation Scheme, and a trained collaborative lawyer.


York University (1994 BA)


Simon resides in St. Albans. His personal interests include theatre, music, tennis, and spending time with his family.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Private client > Family

(Leading individuals)

Simon McKirganVardags

Led by Ayesha Vardag, Vardags ‘houses a lot of great lawyers’ and the family law team is praised as ‘very commercially astute with a strong financial remedies practice’. It specialises in complex international litigation cases for its predominantly ultra-high-net-worth client base. Simon McKirgan remains a leading international divorce lawyer who regularly acts in some of the most significant cases, while Caroline Korah is the new head of the children department. Key changes to the team include the addition of David Lister from Rayden Solicitors in July 2023, and Antonia Barker‘s elevation to the partnership in January 2023. Former practice head Georgina Hamblin has set up her own practice, and Katherine Res Pritchard joined Howard Kennedy LLP at the start of 2023.