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Vardags

10 OLD BAILEY, LONDON, EC4M 7NG, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7404 9390
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Fax 020 7404 8995
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Web:
www.vardags.com
Vardags, Ayesha Vardag, London, ENGLAND

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Ayesha Vardag

Tel:
Work 020 7404 9390
Email:
Vardags

Work Department

Divorce and family law

Position

Ayesha Vardag, Founder and President of Vardags and “Britain’s divorce lawyer” is known for her ground-breaking family law practice. As the go-to divorce lawyer for ultra high net worth clients with the hardest cases, her work often involves complex financial matters, international jurisdictions and other sensitivities surrounding high-profile individuals, including managing the press. With an impressive track record of major victories in the English courts, Ayesha is well established as a leader in the field of family law.

Career

“Britain’s top divorce lawyer” (The Law Society, the Guardian, the Telegraph, the New York Huffington Post and the Independent), “One of the star lawyers turning London into the divorce capital of the world” (The Evening Standard), “the Queen of Divorce” (the Daily Mail) and “the Diva of Divorce” (Easy Living Magazine) are all epithets used for Ayesha Vardag, founder and president of Vardags.

Dual-qualified (pupillage at 4 New Square), City-trained (Linklaters, London & Moscow) and armed with law degrees from Cambridge and Université Libre Brussels and work on treaties at the Legal Division UN International Atomic Energy Agency, Ayesha moved into family law after being hired away from the Bar by her own divorce lawyer. Ayesha first established her own family law firm in 2005 with the mission to bring City quality to family law. The firm incorporated into Vardags in 2010, and enjoyed a stratospheric rise to become a leading national, high-end firm with the international clientele that it has today.

Recognising Ayesha’s dominance in family law, in 2016 she was named ‘Woman of the Year’ in the NatWest Everywoman Awards for ‘changing the legal landscape’. Ayesha is also one of the very few family lawyers to have received the accolade of The Times’ ‘Lawyer of the Week’.

Ayesha has been at the helm of many of the leading cases of our day, securing big wins at the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. In 2010 Ayesha changed English law when she won the landmark Supreme Court case of Radmacher v Granatino which made prenuptial agreements legally enforceable in the UK.

Other high profile cases include Young v Young where Ayesha helped secure the largest award ever against a declared bankrupt, acting for Yasmin Prest in the “corporate veil” case of Prest v Petrodel in the High Court, acting successfully in a ground-breaking transatlantic nullity case, obtaining what is believed to be a record interim child maintenance award against a royal family member, acting in England’s first concluded family law arbitration involving a head of state, for Li Quan in the international tiger charity case, for the Marchioness of Northampton in her famous divorce settlement, for the wife of a Qatari Sheikh, and for the former Miss Malaysia Pauline Chai in her victory against her Laura Ashley tycoon husband in Chai v Peng, which saw Ms Chai awarded a 64m settlement, one of the highest ever court awards of its kind.

Most recently, in July 2018, Ayesha represented a client in landmark posthumous conception proceedings, obtaining the first ever order from the Court of Protection to secure the extraction, storage and use of a man’s sperm after he had suffered a catastrophic brain injury. As a result, the man’s wife, with whom he had been pursuing fertility treatment, had the possibility of continuing to pursue the family they had planned.  

Ayesha’s views have been canvassed by the Law Commission and, as a lecturer, she has appeared at the Marriage Foundation’s inaugural conference, the White Paper conference, the Cambridge Law Society and Winchester and Eton Colleges. Ayesha is regularly sought by the media for expert commentary, with appearances on BBC News, CNN, the Today Programme and Newsnight to name but a few. Her opinion often features in the national papers, including The Times, The Telegraph, The Independent and also the legal press.  

Languages

Ayesha speaks French and Italian fluently, basic Spanish, rusty Portuguese, Russian and Urdu and beginner’s Arabic.

Education

Ayesha read Law at Queens’ College, Cambridge, and subsequently secured a Duke of Edinburgh award for membership of the Inner Temple. She was a Cambridge Wiener Anspach scholar for a Masters in European Law at the Université Libre Brussels.

Leisure

Born in 1968, Ayesha is a member of the Oxford and Cambridge Club, the Capital Club Dubai and the Inner Temple. Her interests include opera, adventure travel, equestrian eventing and showjumping and spending time in West Sussex, Southern Italy and Dubai with her three cats, three dogs, fifteen horses and six combined children.


London: Private client

Family

Within: Leading individuals

Ayesha Vardag - Vardags

Within: Family

Vardags  ‘will fight your case all the way and stop at nothing to win. The advice and level of service it offers is unparalleled’. The team is headed by the 'excellentAyesha Vardag and includes Catherine Thomas, who is praised for her ‘remarkable intellect, formidable legal prowess and client care that is out of the movies’. Georgina Hamblin  is a ‘wonderful lawyer who always goes the extra mile for her clients’ and the ‘very personable and knowledgeableKelly Edwards  has a ‘vast array of experience to call upon’. It has a ‘truly excellent team of junior solicitors’ including senior associate Cate Maguire  who is also ‘absolutely excellent’ and Sophie Cantillon who has ‘excellent knowledge of the law and takes command of the situation’. The firm specialises in high-net-worth and complex cases often with an international dimension.

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