Ayesha Vardags, President

Precis: John first joined Vardags in 2013 and spent a year with the firm as a paralegal to Ayesha Vardag before undertaking pupillage with leading matrimonial set QEB.

As a pupil, John provided research and drafting for many members of chambers, including silks, and was involved in a range of high-value matrimonial cases. He has appeared at all levels of the Family Court, representing clients successfully in a range of domestic violence, private children and ancillary relief cases. Upon completion of his pupillage, he returned to Vardags as in-house counsel.

John Oxley, Barrister

Precis: John first joined Vardags in 2013 and spent a year with the firm as a paralegal to Ayesha Vardag before undertaking pupillage with leading matrimonial set QEB.

As a pupil, John provided research and drafting for many members of chambers, including silks, and was involved in a range of high-value matrimonial cases. He has appeared at all levels of the Family Court, representing clients successfully in a range of domestic violence, private children and ancillary relief cases. Upon completion of his pupillage, he returned to Vardags as in-house counsel.

Ayesha Vardags, President

Following his return to Vardags, John combined his knowledge and experience of family law with his broader analytical skills to join the firm’s strategy team, becoming Strategy Assistant in July 2016.  He is now involved in all aspects of Vardags’ business development and management, providing analysis, implementation and management of numerous projects in order to further the firm’s rapid growth. He was promoted to Strategy Associate in January 2017.

John remains a member of the Family Law Bar Association and his commentary is frequently featured in leading legal journals and the media.

Accolades:
  • Called to the Bar of England and Wales, The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple, July 2013
  • Harmsworth Scholarship (Middle Temple) 2012
  • Harmsworth Exhibition (Middle Temple) 2011

Education: John read History at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge, before studying the Graduate Diploma in Law (BPP Law School) and Bar Professional Training Course (Kaplan Law School).

Press & publications: “Criminal charges arising from family proceedings: the ever unfired gun?” Family Law, March 2017

“For No Falsehood Can Endure: disclosure and prenuptial agreements after Sharland and Gohil”, Family Law, November 2016

“Italian Torpedoes and International Children: How Brussels II engenders conflict in Children Act cases”, International Family Law Journal, September 2016

“The Millionaire’s Defence – Recent Cases”, Family Law, June 2014

Can a divorce in the public eye ruin your career?” Irish Independent, 30 September 2016

Personal: John maintains an interest in the cultural history of Victorian England, especially in relation to material culture and clothing. He enjoys viewing and (occasionally) collecting art, as well as reading classic and contemporary literary fiction.

Reported Cases:
  • Al-Baker v Al-Baker (No 2) [2016] EWHC 2510 (Fam)
  • Al-Baker v Al-Baker [2015] EWHC 3725 (Fam)
  • Al-Baker v Al-Baker [2015] EWHC 3229 (Fam)
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