In a recent interview with The Sun, Ayesha Vardag, renowned as the ’diva of divorce,’ shared insights into her remarkable journey and the challenges she faced along the way. She opened up about her childhood experiences, including her mother’s decision to leave her father in Pakistan and relocate to Northumberland. Despite growing up “poor as church mice”, Ayesha’s family were determined to give her the best education. Ayesha was awarded the highest bursary to attend Oxford high school. Despite this, her family made great sacrifices to support her education. She recalled that during her time at school, “I faced various forms of oddly racist bullying,” describing it as “catastrophic and dreadful” but understanding how it made her “much more of an individual.”
Ayesha was accepted into Queen’s College at the University of Cambridge. Initially studying English Literature, she later switched to law and completed her studies. A brief stint as a TV researcher at the BBC was followed by a scholarship opportunity to pursue a master’s degree in European Law. Although she initially aspired to become a journalist, Ayesha chose the path of law for its financial stability.
A pivotal moment in Ayesha’s career came with her own divorce, which led her to transition from financial law to specializing in divorce law. She worked alongside her lawyer to save money resulting in her own divorce lawyer who recognising her potential and hiring her. In 2005, Ayesha founded Vardags from her home.
One of Ayesha’s most notable cases, Radmacher v Granatino, resulted in a landmark Supreme Court ruling in 2010, making prenuptial agreements legally enforceable in England and Wales. She secured Pauline Chai the largest divorce settlement ever recorded in 2017. Ayesha’s reputation for handling high-profile and celebrity divorces with sensitivity and privacy has made her sought after in the industry.
Ayesha shared her perspective on the Britney Spears and Sam Asghari case, suggesting that Asghari’s decision to contest their prenuptial agreement may not be wise. She believes that prenuptial agreements in California are robust and breaking the terms would not be advisable.
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