Ayesha Vardags, President

Precis: Georgina is a top divorce solicitor with a 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.

Georgina Hamblin, Director – Divorce & Family Law

Precis: Georgina is a top divorce solicitor with a 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.

Ayesha Vardags, President

Georgina was instrumental in helping to lead former beauty queen, Pauline Chai, to victory against her Laura Ashley and Corus Hotels tycoon husband in her jurisdictional battle spanning two hemispheres, in the extraordinary case of Chai v Khoo.

Education: Georgina read Geography, Geopolitics and Cultural Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London from where she graduated with a First.

Press & publications:

In June 2015, Georgina published an article in The Times exploring the issue of confidentiality in divorce proceedings. In August 2015, Georgina discussed the legal and moral issues involved in the Ashley Madison hack in an interview with European CEO.

Career: Georgina is wholeheartedly committed to getting the best results for her clients whilst preserving vital family relationships.

She qualified as a Family and Private Client lawyer at a top West End practice in 2010 and moved to Vardags to specialise in family law in January 2013. Within two years she moved from Assistant to Associate, to Senior associate, to Director and now leads a team of five lawyers. This record progress recognised her dedication to her clients and her repeated and wide-ranging successes on their behalf.

Georgina’s expertise in high-value multi-jurisdictional divorce cases was entrenched by her work in helping to lead former beauty queen, Pauline Chai, to victory in the High Court in October 2014. At this hearing, Georgina assisted Ms Chai in securing a finding that her divorce proceedings should be heard in England, over Malaysia. This is believed to be the first occasion in English history where one party has put the question of their jurisdiction beyond peradventure, by obtaining permission to withdraw their existing divorce petition in favour of filing a later one. This unique and innovative approach was then endorsed by Mr Justice Holman, Lord Justice Ryder and Mr Justice Bodey in subsequent hearings in this case.

Georgina has had further success in advising on cases involving Uganda, Jordan, Japan, Iraq and many European countries, having perfected the nuances and timing issues concerned with these kinds of transnational disputes.

Georgina has established a wide-ranging family practice including pre-nuptial, separation and cohabitation agreements and disputes, and private children law proceedings. Having worked as a private client lawyer for two years post-qualification, she also has particular experience in cases involving family trusts and pre-acquired wealth.

Personal: Georgina was part of the British Dressage Team for many years and took great pride in watching her former teammates win gold at the London 2012 Olympics having chosen the righteous path of the law.

Reported Cases:
  • Z and Z and Others [2016] EWHC 911 (Fam)
  • Al-Baker v Al-Baker [2015] EWHC 3229 (Fam)
  • Chai v Peng [2014] EWHC 1519 (Fam)