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Vaitilingam Kay

Vaitilingam Kay is a specialist boutique family law practice that deals with high-value cases of up to £500m and has been dealing recently with a number of complex jurisdictional matters in the High Court. It also has a robust children practice with considerable strength in international leave to remove cases. Through Anne Kay the team is also building a strong surrogacy practice. Joe Vaitilingam is a trained arbitrator and both Kay and Vaitilingam are committed mediators and proponents of ADR. Helen Wilby and Tom Duggins are the other key senior members of the team. It is a team to watch.

Practice head(s):Joe Vaitilingam; Anne Kay

Other key lawyers:Helen Wilby; Tom Duggins; Kate Bartlett


'A relatively new boutique firm that is already punching well above its weight and deservedly expanding. High-quality legal services offered at very competitive pricing. A small but excellent young team'.

'This excellent team has rapidly gained a reputation for delivering a Magic Circle service at competitive prices. The lawyers are especially strong in financial cases'.

'The standard of advice and representation is at least equal to, if not better than, the big city firms but clients of VK receive the added advantage of a very personalised service from this niche firm. The client's case is always very strongly fought, but advice is also pragmatic; there is no "running up" unnecessary fees'.

'Anne Kay and Joe Vaitilingam are simply outstanding. Bright, committed, hardworking and entirely devoted to providing the very best service to their clients. They are second-to-none'.

'Joe Vaitilingam is simply the best there is. Cool, calm and totally understated but with the ideal combination of a steely interior and friendly exterior. He understands clients, the law and tactics and so is an all-rounder'.

'Anne Kay is brilliant and deals with some very difficult cases and issues. Very bright and on it. A great performer in the family law world'.

'Helen Wilby – simply one of the most extraordinary lawyers I have ever worked with, and been against'.

'Helen Wilby is canny, calm, balanced, knowledgeable and realistic'.

'Tom Duggins is extremely bright and gets straight to the point, cutting out the irrelevancies and focusing on the main issues'.

'Kate Bartlett is making a name for herself. Diligent and compassionate, clients really warm to her'.

Leading individuals

Anne Kay - Vaitilingam Kay

Joe Vaitilingam - Vaitilingam Kay

Next Generation Partners

Helen Wilby - Vaitilingam Kay

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