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Antonia Barker

Senior Associate

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.

Antonia Barker
Antonia Barker is a fierce opponent. She is highly intelligent with excellent knowledge of in particular complex trust structures. She is my go to for anything involving nuptial agreements. One to watch.
Legal 500

Antonia joined Vardags as a paralegal and then a trainee solicitor. Her talents were quickly recognised at Vardags and following qualification she has quickly risen through the ranks within the firm.

Within her role, Antonia acts regularly on cases involving complex trust structures. Most notably, Antonia acted for the wife in the widely reported  Quan v Bray as it progressed through the High Court and Court of Appeal, a significant case involving protracted financial proceedings surrounding a discretionary trust in Mauritius.

Press & publications

  • Variation: Looking at all the options (variation of orders for periodical payments) Family Law Journal [October 2021]
  • Divorce: A Limited Power (set aside of decrees of divorce) Family Law Journal [May 2021]
  • Remarriage: like chalk and cheese? (cessation of maintenance upon cohabitation/remarriage) Family Law Journal [March 2020] (with Kate Williams, solicitor at Vardags)
  • Looking beyond the evidence (non-disclosure and lack of finality in litigation) Family Law Journal [April 2019]
  • Shared intentions (beneficial ownership of joint bank accounts) Family Law Journal [June 2018]
  • Joint lives maintenance orders and deferred capital claims in financial remedy proceedings: Quan v Bray Lexis PSL [January 2018]
  • Variation of nuptial settlements in financial remedies: Part II: The process of variationFamily Law 1107 [October 2017] (with James Webb, barrister at 1 Hare Court)
  • Variation of nuptial settlements in financial remedies: Part I: Identifying a nuptial settlement Family Law 978 [September 2017] (with James Webb, barrister at 1 Hare Court)
  • The Sound of Silence (adverse inferences) Family Law [December 2016]
  • Break it up (nuptial settlements), Trusts and Estates Law & Tax Journal, [July/August 2015]

Reported Cases

Education

Antonia read Classics at Magdalene College, Cambridge. She subsequently completed the Graduate Diploma in Law at City Law School, and obtained an Outstanding on the Bar Professional Training Course at BPP. She was called to the bar at Middle Temple in 2013. Antonia studied the Legal Practice Course whilst working as a trainee solicitor, obtaining a Distinction. Upon qualification, she also obtained Higher Rights of Audience in civil proceedings.

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Antonia Barker
Antonia Barker is a fierce opponent. She is highly intelligent with excellent knowledge of in particular complex trust structures. She is my go to for anything involving nuptial agreements. One to watch.
Legal 500

Antonia was excellent, very straight with me.

Client

They were always truthful, candid, and kind, which is incredibly helpful at a time like that. They were always very to the point and honest.

Client

Ive been so impressed with the complete professionalism with which my case has been handled and all your support especially on the court dates.

Client

Antonia was very good at finding answers to questions that were beyond her expected knowledge.

Inna Panskaya, client
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