Chai v Peng: Press release

By Ayesha Vardag -

Chai v Peng: Press release

The Court of Appeal has today unanimously and unequivocally affirmed the decision of Mr Justice Bodey of 17 October 2014; confirming England as the proper place for this divorce to be heard.

Dismissing all of the husband’s grounds of appeal, all three Court of Appeal judges determined that Mr Justice Bodey’s original finding, over a year ago, was “unimpeachable”.

Despite the costs and delays brought about by the husband’s appeal, my client is delighted finally to have established her right to divorce him in her home country.

She has her £30m home here, their children went to top English universities, the family wealth was largely generated within cornerstones of English industry, such as Laura Ashley and Corus Hotels, and she has not lived in Malaysia for over 30 years.

With the support of her children she has endured three years of some of the most ground breaking and hotly contested litigation the English family courts have ever seen. She has succeeded at every hurdle and can now at last get divorced and move on with her life.

I feel an enormous sense of pride and justice in what we have achieved. For three years Dr Khoo has sought to forum-shop his way out of the English courts, to gain a financial advantage.

To do so he has relied upon what has been described as one of the “last barbaric relics” of Malaysian law, which binds a wife’s domicile to that of her husband and deprives her of independent choice.

English law, by contrast, respects a woman’s autonomy: her right to choose her own home, independently of her husband.

Pauline Chai can now look forward to a brighter future, where the English court will consider the fruits of their long marriage as the fruits of an equal partnership – without putting breadwinner ahead of homemaker. This, after a 45 year marriage producing 5 children, is just as it should be.

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Ayesha Vardag

“Britain's top divorce lawyer” Ayesha Vardag rose to fame for winning the landmark Supreme Court case of Radmacher v Granatino in 2010, changing the law to make prenuptial agreements legally enforceable in England and Wales.

The founder and President of Vardags, Ayesha specialises in high-net-worth divorce, often with an international or celebrity element.

Ayesha, described as “The Diva of Divorce” (TIME Magazine), has a reputation for hard-hitting litigation, commercial savvy, fearlessness, and strategic intellectual vision. This, coupled with a no-nonsense style, and a passion for her cases informed by her own experience of divorce, has won her an ultra-high-net-worth, high-profile client base second to none, made up of clients who expect the very best.