International divorce lawyer
Vardags were the victors in the UK’s biggest and highest-profile international case, the £100 million Supreme Court battle of Radmacher v Granatino, between a German wife in Monaco and a French husband in London.
With controversial payouts at stake such as £5 million to a wife after a 3 year, childless marriage, a quarter of a million per year for life or £48 million to a stay-at-home mother, the choice of divorce lawyer and jurisdiction can be among the biggest financial decisions anyone from a monied family can make. For anyone used to a foreign jurisdiction, the extent to which assets and income are redistributed in England or the way in which pre and post-nups are applied can come as a tremendous shock.
At what can be an emotional time, you need an international divorce lawyer with common sense, drive, intelligence and a thorough grasp of both the substantive and the procedural aspects of the law. You may need your lawyer to take rapid action to secure jurisdiction in the foreign courts to preclude the English ones, or vice versa. You need to make sure you have a top legal team in place, able to liaise constructively with foreign lawyers, trustees, witnesses and other bodies, ideally to achieve a fair deal without recourse to the courts, or failing that, to make sure you work through the court system to your advantage.
Vardags is a multi-lingual, with varying degrees of fluency in all the predominant European languages including Russian and special expertise in French, Italian, Urdu and Arabic. Although the firm advises exclusively in the law of England and Wales, its crack team of international divorce lawyers has strength in depth in both English and foreign law experience and qualifications. The firm routinely acts in exceptionally complex cases involving numerous jurisdictions simultaneously, across the US, Europe, Africa and the Middle and Far East, involving financiers, entrepreneurs, sports and TV celebrities, oil and gas billionaires, heirs, aristocrats and royalty.