Finance & Property
How family money and property are divided up and how much will be paid in maintenance are fundamental questions which can profoundly affect a client’s future. Vardags, described in the media as “trailblazing”, and the landslide victors of the biggest case in the history of family law, the £100 million Radmacher case in the Supreme Court which made prenuptial agreements work in England, is the best firm to have fighting your corner.
The issues and strategies which a lawyer should adopt on behalf of the client depend on many factors, and require careful analysis and well-targeted, dynamic legal advice. Vardags acts equally for men and women, for those seeking to retain funds and those claiming them. We are experienced in identifying the right approach for each client, listening to and working with him or her closely, rather than applying a ‘one size fits all’ formula. The law has been developing fast within the finance sector and we are abreast of the current trends.
We have a strong grasp of financial structures, from complex tax-driven international trust mechanisms and City bonus/EBT etc systems to cash backhanders, and will actively track hidden funds. The firm has pioneered with former McKinsey and MBA/PhD commercial consultants to become market leaders in its insight into complex corporate structures and valuations, either to act for the stronger party as a shield or the weaker as a sword.
The family courts are supposed to be a level playing field, although too often it is the party who can afford the best lawyer who is most successful. We have an excellent track record in obtaining litigation funding for clients who are in a financially weak position relative to their partners, either via litigation loans from top quality providers such as Coutts, SG Hambros and Novitas or via court orders for legal fees to be paid by the richer spouse.
We are geared up both for the income-heavy or the capital-heavy case. We are experienced in calling upon the full range of court powers to safeguard funds, at home and abroad. We can negotiate and strike a deal where it’s in the client’s interests to do so, or, when required, push forward to court and fight to win.