Catherine Thomas is our managing director and is “…widely regarded as one of the top divorce lawyers in the country” (Sunday Times and Management Today). She joined Vardags in 2011 having previously been a partner in a leading family law firm in Lincoln’s Inn.
Catherine’s work focuses on the very highest value and most complex financial proceedings arising out of family breakdowns. Her practice has a strong international element; jurisdictional disputes form a large part of her work.
She is recommended in the leading independent reviews of the legal profession and described as “extremely intelligent and very calm” (Chambers and Partners) and “superb” (Legal 500).
CityWealth has listed Catherine as a prominent figure in matrimonial law and records that: “She generates confidence and is very personable. Catherine is a brilliant strategist, efficient and dependable”.
Catherine was included in Management Today’s prestigious “35 Women Under 35”, a list of the country’s highest-achieving young business women.
She is also noted to be one of the leading family lawyers in the country by the Spear’s guide, which noted “Clients call her an invaluable and indispensable asset” and she “is described by one peer as extremely intelligent”
Catherine appears in the esteemed Citywealth Leaders List, receiving recognition as one of the UK’s ‘power women’, as well as featuring in their ‘Leading Lawyers – family and matrimonial’ category, in which she was described as follows: “She combines a strong and robust approach with commerciality and whilst I have no doubt every client knows she will fight their case to the death she is able to ensure they are steered to the course which best protects their position. This is a skill which cannot be overlooked“.
Having been a partner since the age of just 26, Catherine is an experienced strategist and leader on elite level cases. Catherine’s opinion and commentary is regularly sought by the leading national and international print and broadcast media outlets.
Her high profile international divorce cases have included Chai v Khoo which has been widely reported in the press. Catherine also represented Michelle Young in her high profile trial (Young v Young  EWHC 3637 (Fam)), achieving what is thought to be the largest costs order ever awarded by the family courts.
Dealing with all aspects of private family law, Catherine advises on private children disputes, including international relocation, and on a variety of agreements including pre-nuptial, post-nuptial and cohabitation. She is also a trained (non-practising) family mediator.
Catherine holds an MA in Jurisprudence from Oxford University.