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High profile & important cases

In this section of the Divorce Guide, we examine some of the most important, high profile divorce cases through the lens of our expert opinion.

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Radmacher v Granatino

Radmacher v Granatino transformed the way English courts, and indeed the public, regard prenuptial agreements. Prenups have always divided opinion but, whether you see them as sensible or cynical, it cannot be denied that they give couples greater control over their marriage....

Chai v Peng

The case of former beauty queen Pauline Chai and her businessman husband, Khoo Kay Peng, is one of the largest and most complex to come before the English courts. The couple were married for 43 years, as the Malaysian businessman built up a multi-million pound empire, which...

Young v Young

Young v Young, which became known in the press as the ‘Brewster’s Millions’ case, became a cause célèbre in both the legal world and the media. The case lasted for many years until Vardags took it over for the final financial hearing, which came...

Quan v Bray

Li Quan and Stuart Bray met in 1990, and married in 2001. Both were united by their passion for saving the Chinese tiger and invested vast amounts of time and money into a venture to save the endangered animals. During the course of their marriage, the husband transferred...

White v White

Fairness, like beauty, lies in the eyes of the beholder. This is how Lord Nicholls of Birkenhead introduced an appeal in the House of Lords that forever changed how the family courts distributed marital wealth on divorce and reflected how the concepts of breadwinner and...


When you’re going through the emotional wringer of a divorce, legal fees are the last thing you want to contend with. But there are creative ways to ensure that cash flow doesn’t become a sticking point in these most trying of times. One such option is by applying...

Charman v Charman

Charman v Charman was, at the time in 2005, the largest ever contested case in English divorce proceedings, with total assets of £131 million. The wife argued that she should be entitled to 45 percent, with the slight departure from equality representing the...

Gohil v Gohil & Sharland v Sharland

Gohil, along with Sharland, was an important judgment in relation to fraudulent non-disclosure. The parties had divorced in 2002 and reached a settlement in 2004, even though the wife believed that the husband had significant undisclosed assets. Following the divorce, the...

Barder v Barder

The case of Barder shows the rare circumstances in which a divorce award can be varied after it has been made. In the case of Barder, the wife received a settlement which provided for her and her two children. Sadly, a few weeks after the award was made the wife killed herself...


The case of Myerson is a further case clarifying the rules in Barder. The husband and wife had divorced shortly before the financial crisis. At that time, their assets were worth around £25 million, around £15 million of which were made up of shares in the...

Xydhias v Xydhias

The case of Xydhias v Xydhias is the most important of a number of cases concerning when parties are deemed to have agreed to settle their matrimonial claims. The details of the case are rather immaterial, but for the fact that during the course of negotiations, the parties...

Jones v Jones

The case of Jones concerned the value of a business in relation to matrimonial proceedings. The parties had met in 1996 and separated in 2006. When they married, the husband owned a business worth around £2million. By the time they had separated, it was worth £12...


The case of SS v NS is a recent judgment from Mr Justice Mostyn which shows the changing approach of the courts to spousal maintenance. The husband and wife were 40 and 39 respectively, and had been together for 11 years. The husband worked in banking. Though he was very...


JL v SL was a case before Mr Justice Mostyn which focused on how the court was to treat inherited wealth in the context of divorce. In the case, the wife had received total inheritance from her mother of £465,000. A portion of this had been paid to the husband for cash-flow...


In the case of UL v BK, the court considered the proper procedure for when a party seeks a freezing order or another emergency, ex parte injunction. Freezing orders are a vital tool in preventing a wealthy party from dissipating assets, but given their severity it is vital that...

Y v Z

Non-disclosure is increasingly an issue in ancillary proceedings and it is often down to judicial discretion to establish whether or not it is in the public interest to report on and punish such dishonesty. Vardags represented the father defending an application by the...

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