Ayesha Vardags, President

Precis: Charlie, director at Vardags, has particular expertise in high-value matrimonial finance and Schedule 1 claims. His cases exclusively involve substantial assets, often international and including complex trust structures. Charismatic, fiercely competent and to-the-point, Charlie advises and represents City bankers, professional footballers, oil magnates and members of the aristocracy. He also advises on TOLATA claims between unmarried couples which often run alongside Schedule 1 proceedings and has noteworthy experience in taking such matters to trial.

Charlie Bell, Director – Divorce & Family Law

Precis: Charlie, director at Vardags, has particular expertise in high-value matrimonial finance and Schedule 1 claims. His cases exclusively involve substantial assets, often international and including complex trust structures. Charismatic, fiercely competent and to-the-point, Charlie advises and represents City bankers, professional footballers, oil magnates and members of the aristocracy. He also advises on TOLATA claims between unmarried couples which often run alongside Schedule 1 proceedings and has noteworthy experience in taking such matters to trial.

Ayesha Vardags, President

Additionally, he is experienced in dealing with disputes in relation to children. This includes complex applications for permission to permanently remove children from a jurisdiction and leave to relocate within a jurisdiction. He is particularly driven to help clients achieve the best possible outcome at what is a very difficult point in their lives.

Education: Charlie has a first-class degree in Law from Northumbria University, where he went on to complete his professional legal studies.

Press & publications: With his charm and sharp legal insight, Charlie is a popular choice for comment in the media. He makes frequent appearances on the radio, including BBC Radio 5 live, BBC West Midlands and Australian radio. He has also given comment on the Gary Lineker divorce debate in the Manchester Evening News.

Career: Charlie trained at a top tier firm in Sheffield from where he qualified in 2012. After relocating to London, he joined Vardags in January 2013 where he rose rapidly through the ranks from Assistant Solicitor to Director in three years.

Currently, Charlie is involved in a cross-appeal of a Part 3 application following an overseas divorce. As an extreme rarity in the courts, this case has the potential to make waves in UK law.

Languages: Charlie speaks conversational Portuguese.

Personal: Outside the office, Charlie enjoys live music and cycling and plays such a mean guitar that he has been called upon to perform not only at Vardags’ parties but at its founder’s wedding in Winchester Cathedral. He supports Leeds United.

Reported Cases:
  • AM v SS [2014] EWHC 865 (Fam)
  • AM v SS [2014] EWHC 2887 (Fam)
  • AM v SS [2013] EWHC 4380 (Fam)
  • Young v Young [2013] EWHC 3637 (Fam)
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