Ayesha Vardags, President

Precis: Cate has a wealth of experience in divorce and financial matters, having dealt with complex, cross-jurisdictional financial cases, as well as cases of financial non-disclosure. She has worked on the well-publicised cases of Chai v Peng and Young v Young.

Cate also has a passion for children work, having worked in cases involving the sensitive and complex questions of child relocation and living and contact arrangements. She has particular experience of the challenges such cases involve for parents of very young children.

Cate Maguire, Associate

Precis: Cate has a wealth of experience in divorce and financial matters, having dealt with complex, cross-jurisdictional financial cases, as well as cases of financial non-disclosure. She has worked on the well-publicised cases of Chai v Peng and Young v Young.

Cate also has a passion for children work, having worked in cases involving the sensitive and complex questions of child relocation and living and contact arrangements. She has particular experience of the challenges such cases involve for parents of very young children.

Ayesha Vardags, President

Education: Cate read Law at Downing College, University of Cambridge.

Press & publications:

Cate has written two articles for Family Law Week:

Career: Cate first joined Vardags as a paralegal in 2013 before completing her training contract with the firm alongside studying the part-time Legal Practice Course at BPP. She was promoted to associate level in 2016.

Languages:

Personal: Outside of work, Cate enjoys theatre and acting, an interest she pursued by attending part-time acting classes at the Sylvia Young Theatre school in London for two years alongside her university studies.

Cate has travelled extensively around Canada and the United States, driving from Los Angeles to New York City. She spent a year living in Ulsan, South Korea, where she taught English and was editor of a series of English language textbooks.

Reported Cases:
  • Chai v Peng [2015] EWCA Civ 790,
  • Chai v Peng [2015] EWCA Civ 1312
  • Chai v Peng [2014] EWHC 750 (Fam),
  • Chai v Peng [2014] EWHC 1519 (Fam),
  • Chai v Peng [2014] EWHC 3518 (Fam),
  • Chai v Peng [2014] EWHC 3519 (Fam),
  • Young v Young [2013] EWHC 3637 (Fam)