Silvia Devecchi, Senior Associate
Silvia advises on all aspects of family law at the Vardags Cambridge office, including financial relief, divorce proceedings, and children matters.
Silvia has worked on many high-value cases that include complex issues such as non-matrimonial property, the valuation of business assets and tax issues. Her experience includes managing cases with international elements, matters involving multiple trusts and various company structures, issues of serious non-disclosure, and cases involving nuptial agreements.
Silvia frequently acts for parents in section 8 Children Act 1989 applications, including those which feature non-compliance and enforcement, involving permission to remove children from England and Wales, and where Special Guardianship Orders are sought. Silvia has experience in international cases where relocation, child abduction, and jurisdiction arise.
With a background in Immigration law, she is particularly well-placed to assist clients in cases with an overlap of immigration and family law issues.
Silvia was awarded the "Young Lawyer of the Year" prize from the Cambridge and District Law Society, within less than a year of qualifying as a solicitor.
Silvia is a United World College alumna. She read International Relations and Modern History at the University of St Andrews. Silvia then completed the GDL and LPC in London.
Silvia trained at a Legal 500 firm in London. She then moved to Cambridge, where she initially worked in one of the oldest firms of the region. Alongside her family practice, she led the firm's thriving Immigration department. Silvia then moved to the leading matrimonial team of a very established central Cambridge firm, where she advised on all aspects of family law.
Before becoming a lawyer, Silvia worked around Europe, as a journalist for several Italian papers. She also worked with the L'Oreal advertising team and ran the press office of an international NGO based in Berlin.
Silvia continues to work with several pro bono legal charities.
Silvia is a native Italian speaker. She also speaks fluent French, and Spanish and Arabic to a lower intermediate level.
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In her free time, Silvia enjoys cooking and swimming, as well as practising Ashtanga yoga.