Vardags is a firm of top divorce and family lawyers specialising in high net worth and complex cases. Vardags’ founder and President Ayesha Vardag is widely recognised as "Britain’s Top Divorce Lawyer". From a central office on King Street, our solicitors work exclusively with families who have assets greater than £1m or annual family income in excess of £150,000.
Vardags’ Manchester office is headed by Emma Gill, who regularly features on BBC Breakfast and is the “go-to divorce lawyer for the region’s rich and famous”. Emma and the team work on the largest and most complex divorce cases in Manchester and the North East. These often feature private companies, property empires, trusts, and international/hidden assets.
Vardags is Manchester’s top divorce and family law firm for high net worth families. Led by Emma Gill, head of our Manchester office, our team of solicitors have commanded a reputation as the divorce lawyers of choice for the most discerning clients and now dominate the Manchester family law and divorce market. Indeed, Emma Gill has been described as “Manchester’s top divorce lawyer” by I Love Manchester and the “go-to divorce lawyer” by the Manchester Evening News.
Our solicitors are handpicked from the UK’s leading universities, the Bar, other Magic Circle matrimonial law firms, and leading City firms to create an award-winning, ambitious team of top divorce solicitors. Equally adept with divorce, financial and children cases alike, our team of solicitors are on hand to provide the highest level of advice and support. If you are going through a divorce in Manchester, our solicitors can help ensure you get the result you deserve.
Vardags represents clients who are part of wealthy families. We act equally for those seeking to protect their assets and those fighting for their fair share. We specialise in large and complex divorce cases including those involving private companies, property empires, trusts, international/hidden assets and investments.
You may be initiating divorce, responding to a divorce petition, seeking new lawyers for an ongoing case, or considering reopening an old case. Whatever the circumstances, having a top divorce solicitor on your side can make an enormous difference to your chances of success. If you think you may need our help, don’t delay. Contact Vardags before your spouse does.
The list below is only a guide and once contacted by one of our highly trained Client Relations Specialists, the most appropriate lawyer will be allocated to you, taking into account your specific circumstances and particular needs.
We offer a free consultation to suitable clients, typically those where the family's net assets are in excess of £1m or the combined income is in excess of £150,000
Vardags is one of the UK’s leading divorce law firms. We specialise in complex, high net worth and international cases. The Legal 500 has said of Vardags: “The team is noted for its sheer intellect”
Vardags is among the leading family law firms in the UK. Our solicitors specialise in complex cases for high net worth individuals, including international child relocation, child abduction, and prenuptial agreements. The Legal 500 has said that "clients feel in totally safe hands" with Vardags' Children & Family lawyers.
Our reputation and privacy team, headed by top media lawyer Alex McCready, works in and out of the public eye on cases involving defamation, privacy and reputation management. We provide expert advice and representation across the full range of reputation and privacy related matters, including crisis management, emergency injunctions and actions against online and new media.
Our criminal defence team is led by top criminal defence lawyer Rob Conway. Vardags is a successful and rapidly-growing law firm with an outstanding reputation for winning cases.
Vardags is a top property law firm with expertise in complex and high-value cases. We pride ourselves on our discrete and thorough approach and premium client experience. Our team is led by the highly respected and renowned property lawyer James Bunker.
Vardags is a top law firm with a trailblazing fertility and surrogacy department. We have had success with some of the most groundbreaking cases of the last decade in the High Court, Court of Appeal, and Supreme Court, with rulings that have changed the law. Vardags remains at the cutting edge of fertility law, pushing for further improvement of the outdated legislation in place in Britain.
Led by the vastly experienced Frank Ryan, a lawyer who “delivers results, time and again, often with devastating effect”, Vardags’ civil litigation team is renowned for its nous and its consistent ability to deliver results.
Vardags is a top professional negligence law firm with expertise in complex and substantial claims. You may have seen our name in the press as our clients are often very high profile. Equally we settle many claims entirely out of the public eye. Our team is led by top professional negligence lawyer, Frank Ryan, who has over 30 years of experience across a range of professional negligence cases.
Vardags’ top employment team represents high net worth individuals and companies in substantial employment disputes. We are a firm with an exceptional record of representing clients in matters including unfair dismissal, workplace discrimination, and in the transfer of contracts under TUPE.
Vardags' wills and trusts team has the specific expertise to cater to the wills and trusts needs of high-net-worth and high-profile individuals. Richard Todd QC, Leading Counsel for Yasmin Prest said of Vardags: “a note to acknowledge your firm’s pivotal role in achieving such an outstanding result in the recent Supreme Court case of Petrodel v Prest”.
“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.
The "ferociously bright" (Legal 500) Emma Gill specialises in divorce and matrimonial finance.
She is known for her legal insight, dedication and tireless attitude to securing her clientele the very best possible outcome. She regularly acts for the best and brightest entrepreneurs, business men and women, professionals and sports personalities. Her clients come to her for her creative, practical, no nonsense advice.
Simon McKirgan is Senior Director at Vardags and a top international divorce lawyer, with experience in representing individuals or their spouses/partners from commercial, City, banking, investment, media, entertainment and sporting sectors, and entrepreneurs.
Simon specialises in high and ultra-high-net-worth divorce and financial disputes often involving complex jurisdictional issues, and separation and cohabitation disputes and private children proceedings, including international relocation. He has a wealth of experience in handling celebrities and the sensitivities around their cases.
Georgina is a “top divorce lawyer” (ITV) with particular expertise in high-value multi-jurisdictional divorce cases and jurisdictional disputes as well as cases involving family trusts and pre-acquired wealth. Since qualification, she has regularly represented high-profile business men and women, entrepreneurs, art and antique dealers and other high net worth individuals.
Lucy is experienced in advising on all matters arising out of divorce and separation, and is experienced in the complex issues that arise with high net worth clients, with a particular focus on private children matters. She has built a reputation as a rising star, both within the firm and from peers in her field. Lucy is also heavily involved in the development of junior lawyers at the firm and is the Deputy Training Principal for the firm nationally.
Annemarie regularly acts for business men and women, high earning self-employed consultants, professionals, sports personalities and their families.
Annemarie’s particular specialism is in the resolution of financial matters on divorce, and the resolution of financial matters between unmarried couples and parents. Her cases typically include those with high-value and complex financial issues, including the valuation of business assets, property, pensions and trusts. Her experience includes advising on cases involving nuptial agreements and those with an international element.
Lois specialises in all areas of family law, including divorce and cohabitation, financial matters and disputes relating to children matters. Her practise area is particularly focussed on complex financial proceedings for high-net-worth international clients.
Lois was an integral part of the team on the preliminary issue hearing of Quan v Bray  EWHC 3340 (Fam) which required extensive international asset tracing and disclosure exercise in relation to complex offshore structures.
Claire is a director in the family team who specialises in the financial aspects of high value divorce and separation and complex financial remedy cases. Claire is equally proficient in private children law work and is adept at handling difficult disputes over residence, contact and other welfare issues concerning children including relocation both inside the UK and internationally.
She is described in the Legal 500 as ‘an impeccable adviser in children and financial remedy proceedings’ and as ‘very dedicated and goes the extra mile for her clients.’ Claire is praised by clients, for whom she works tirelessly, for her ‘excellent manner’, ‘proactive and sound advice’ and ‘kind professionalism.’
As a Director of Divorce & Family law, Silvia advises on all aspects of family law, including financial relief, divorce proceedings, and children matters.
Silvia has worked on many high-value cases that include complex issues such as non-matrimonial property, the valuation of business assets and tax issues. Her experience includes managing cases with international elements, matters involving multiple trusts and various company structures, issues of serious non-disclosure, and cases involving nuptial agreements.
With a background in Immigration law, she is particularly well-placed to assist clients in cases with an overlap of immigration and family law issues.
Antonia is a Senior Associate at Vardags who advises on all aspects of divorce for high-net-worth individuals. She has particular expertise in dealing with disputes that have complex financial, legal or international aspects. Antonia is frequently applauded by clients for her professionalism and straight-talking approach. She is also a frequent contributor of academic literature, and has authored several articles for legal journals and other publications.
Sarah acts for a wide variety of individuals from city professionals and entrepreneurs to homemakers. She provides reassuring and proactive guidance during what is an extremely difficult time in people’s lives. Sarah has extensive experience of litigation, but is also committed to achieving solutions outside of the court setting, where appropriate and possible, tailored to each client’s individual circumstances and goals.
A significant number of Sarah’s cases involve trusts, corporate structures and jurisdiction issues and she is also experienced in dealing with financial claims following an overseas divorce. In addition, Sarah has significant experience in private children matters, including living arrangements and financial provision.
Rebecca advises on all aspects of family law, including divorce, financial remedies, injunctive proceedings (such as obtaining/defending non-molestation and occupation orders), and children matters. She has extensive experience in dealing with ultra-high net worth cases, often appearing in the High Court. Indeed, many of her cases involve complex corporate and/or trust structures, issues of non-disclosure, and nuptial agreements.
Rebecca provides reassuring and comprehensive advice throughout her cases. She is utterly client centric and will always go the extra mile for them. Clients have commented on her ability to “see the bigger picture”, and her highly personable and empathetic approach to particularly sensitive cases.
Ella is a Senior Associate at Vardags. She advises high-net-worth and ultra-high-net-worth individuals on all aspects of family law, with a particular focus on resolving complex financial issues, including large scale cryptocurrencty matters and asset tracing.
Ella has considerable experience in domestic abuse cases and working on matters with alleged coercive control. She assists with characteristic sensitivity and discretion. Clients have commented on Ella’s ability to “go above and beyond” in supporting clients through some of the most stressful times in their lives.
Maria is an Italian Avvocato qualified to practise law in Italy and a solicitor qualified to practice law in England, and Wales, having successfully passed the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme (QLTS).Maria is uniquely qualified to assist clients in cross-jurisdictional disputes, or where there are complex Italian elements to the proceedings, such as custody disputes or pre-marital arrangements such as “communione separazione dei beni”.
Maria’s skills are endlessly praised by the many high net worth international Italian clients she represents. Her nurturing personality greatly complements her legal and analytical skills, making her a great asset on any case.
Natalie advises clients on a wide variety of family law issues, with a particular focus on children matters and divorce and financial matters. Natalie also has extensive experience in other areas including domestic abuse, special guardianship and care proceedings, in which she has represented both parents and children.
Nikki already has a wealth of experience as a Senior Associate, with ten years’ exclusive focus on family law. She is a well-respected family law practitioner, regularly appearing against more senior lawyers including Partners and Directors from other Tier 1 and 2 law firms.
Nikki advises clients on all aspects of the law in this area, particularly relating to the breakdown of relationships and divorce proceedings. She also has particular experience assisting international clients and has worked on cases that involve jurisdictional disputes that raise complicated and unique legal questions. Her client base is global, with clients specifically in Dubai, the Middle East and Hong Kong.
Reece is a highly regarded associate in the firm, specialising in family and children law matters, with a particular focus on high value financial and complex cases.
Reece has a broad base of clients including high net worth and high-profile individuals. He has advised several sports personalities, particularly footballers.
Kate is an Associate in the family department at the Manchester office and has developed a strong reputation as an active member of the team with a varied case load and client base. Kate has experience in all aspects of family and children law matters, including high value financial cases and those involving vulnerable parties, particularly clients facing domestic abuse.
Ciara is an Associate in our Family department, with a focus on complex financial issues that arise in divorces. Her client base is predominantly high net worth, often with international connections.
Ciara can also advise and assist clients in relation to the drafting of pre- and post-nuptial agreements. She can also provide advice and assistance in relation to the enforceability of foreign agreements, such as nuptial contracts, in the courts of England and Wales.
Charlotte is a Senior Associate in the family team. She advises high-net worth individuals on all issues arising from the breakdown of a relationship, often dealing with matters involving complex trust structures, overseas assets and pre-nuptial agreements. Charlotte has acted for an array of UHNW clients, including entrepreneurs, business owners and executive officers.
Charlotte also has notable experience dealing with children act proceedings, including those with an international element. She has worked alongside family psychologists amongst other experts to ensure that the children’s needs are put first.