Ayesha Vardags, President

Precis: Stephen is both Director of Strategy for Vardags and also heads up its unique financial forensics department.

As Head of Financial Forensics Stephen deals with complex financial cases  involving the valuation of private companies, interpretation of complex remuneration schemes, finding hidden assets, and liberating cash to allow clean-break settlement.  The impact can be transformative to our cases: for the owner of the assets ensuring that they are valued appropriately and for the non-owner bringing non-disclosers to book and making sure that valuations are not artificially depressed.

Stephen Bence, Director of Strategy

Precis: Stephen is both Director of Strategy for Vardags and also heads up its unique financial forensics department.

As Head of Financial Forensics Stephen deals with complex financial cases  involving the valuation of private companies, interpretation of complex remuneration schemes, finding hidden assets, and liberating cash to allow clean-break settlement.  The impact can be transformative to our cases: for the owner of the assets ensuring that they are valued appropriately and for the non-owner bringing non-disclosers to book and making sure that valuations are not artificially depressed.

Ayesha Vardags, President

As Director of Strategy Stephen is responsible for driving Vardags’ growth and over the past 5 years has overseen an eight-fold increase in size. In 2015, Vardags became the only law firm to feature on The Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100, as the 46th fastest growing company in the United Kingdom.

Education: Stephen read Natural Sciences at Cambridge and has a PhD in Astrophysics from the university’s Cavendish Laboratory. His research focused on the formation of young stars.

Press & publications: Stephen is a sought-after expert on financial matters pertaining to divorce, with features in The Global Banking and Finance Review, Business Matters magazine and Management Today to name but a few.

Stephen also co-authored “Mathematical Methods for Physics and Engineering”,which has since become a standard text at Cambridge, Oxford and many other universities worldwide.

Career: Prior to working at Vardags, Stephen enjoyed a successful career as a strategy consultant at McKinsey & Co, rising rapidly to the position of Engagement Manager. At McKinsey he worked with global blue chip organisations on a broad range of projects including: corporate strategy, mergers and acquisitions, organisational development, operational improvement, and financial management.

In addition to his work at Vardags, Stephen has launched a series of successful ventures including Beauhurst, which monitors growing companies and Spin-out Strategy DWC-LLC, which provides strategy consulting to high growth technology-enabled businesses.

Languages: Basic French, competent Italian.

Personal: Stephen enjoys classical music and going to the opera.

Reported Cases:
  • Al-Baker v Al-Baker [2016] EWHC 2510
  • Al-Baker v Al-Baker [2015] EWHC 3725 (Fam)
  • Al-Baker v Al-Baker [2015] EWHC 3229 (Fam)
  • Quan v Bray & Anor [2015] EWCA Civ 1401
  • Quan v Bray & Anor [2015] EWCA Civ 1253
  • Quan v Bray & Ors [2014] EWHC 3340 (Fam)
  • Chai v Peng & Ors [2017] EWHC 792 (Fam)
  • Tan Sri Dr Khoo Peng v Pauline Siew Phin Chai [2015] EWCA Civ 1312
  • Chai v Peng [2014] EWHC 3519
  • Chai v Peng [2014] EWHC 3518 (Fam)
  • Chai v Peng [2014] EWHC 1519 (Fam)
  • Chai v Peng [2014] EWHC 750 (Fam)
  • AM v SS [2014] EWHC 2887 (Fam)
  • Met v Hat [2013] EWHC 4247 (Fam)
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