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Vaitilingam Kay

Private client > Family Tier 3

Vaitilingam Kay ‘punches above its size in terms of the sophistication of its advice and strategy, and delivers the service with kindness and class’. The family law group is ably co-led by Joe Vaitilingam and Anne Kay, and recent highlights include advising on some of the most complex and unusual private children work and surrogacy cases, as well as undertaking the full range of financial work. The group handles both high and middle-value cases. Sara Wychrij, Thomas Pavey and Kate Barnett were recently promoted to partnership.

Practice head(s):

Joe Vaitilingam; Anne Kay

Other key lawyers:

Sara Wychrij; Kathryn Cassells; Darren Hark; Tom Duggins; Thomas Pavey; Kate Barnett


‘Kathryn Cassells is very experienced and committed in alternative-family work, with an unusual deal of expertise in international surrogacy arrangements.’

‘Anne Kay gives sensitive but direct advice, then backs her clients’ interests hard. She provides practical and sensible advice’.

‘Joe Vaitilingam is a sound advisor and manages realistic expectations. Kathryn Cassells is excellent, thorough and pragmatic.’

‘I liked their focus and calmness under pressure. No false promises but an unerring commitment to deliver the best possible result for me, given quite a complex set of circumstances.’

‘Joe Vaitilingam is a very assured and accomplished lawyer in his field. He combines pragmatism and common sense in conjunction with his evident technical skills.’

‘Sara Wychrij is terrific and I always felt that I was in safe hands. If you require a firm with a real grasp of the intricacies of the law, a sensible fee scale and an understanding of the human factor, look no further. I would wholeheartedly endorse VK.’

‘I always recommend this family firm. They provide a city firm service with a lower price point. They are all incredibly easy to deal with and very responsive.’

‘Darren Hark and Anne Kay are exceptional. They deal with complex and sometimes very emotional matters in a simple and easy to understand manner and they are very client friendly.’

We are a leading specialist boutique family law practice based in central London. Since the firm was founded in 2014 it has gone from strength to strength expanding from the two founding partners to a firm of 6 partners, 3 senior associates and 3 members of support staff. Despite growing in size, the firm remains intimate and holds a reputation for discretion and integrity, a matter of utmost importance for those in the public eye.

Our founding partners are recognised leaders in family law with a reputation for working with HNW/UHNW individuals and public figures. In addition to the wealth of experience across the firm, we hold a wide network of experts including forensic accountants, tax specialists and international lawyers enabling us to provide bespoke and tailored solutions and comprehensive analysis of complicated financial situations.

We frequently advise international clients on cross-border issues, and we have established connections with family lawyers across the globe. Joe Vaitilingam is also a Fellow of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.

The team regularly advises on HNW/UHNW financial cases with complexity including those with novel points of law, pre-acquired and inherited wealth, international elements, global asset portfolios, hidden assets and trust/ company structures. We also have expertise in Part III claims (unlocking the powers of the court to make financial orders after an overseas divorce).

We have a strong reputation for dealing with some of the most complex and unusual private children matters. Our team has expertise in high conflict matters involving parental alienation, emotional and physical harm and coercively controlling relationships. In addition, we are regularly instructed in applications to remove from the jurisdiction (‘leave to remove’) and disputes relating to financial provision for children outside of marriage and same sex parenting.

We regularly draft and provide advice on pre and post nuptial agreements and cohabitation agreements for both domestic and international clients.

Main areas of practice: Vaitilingam Kay offers expertise across all areas of family law.

Both Anne Kay and Joe Vaitilingam are committed mediators and proponents of alternative dispute resolution. Joe is a trained arbitrator.

International: Joe Vaitilingam is a Fellow of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing partner Anne Kay 020 3126 4920
Managing partner Joe Vaitilingam 020 3126 4920
Partner Thomas Duggins 020 3126 4920
Number of UK partners : 6
Number of other UK fee-earners : 3