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Chai v Peng

The ‘titanic’ case of Chai v Peng, between the former Miss Malaysia Pauline Chai and her businessman husband Khoo Kay Peng, is one of most complex to come before the English courts.

Their divorce began in 2013, when the wife, represented by Vardags, issued a petition for divorce in London after 43 years of marriage. The husband issued his own petition in Malaysia and, for nearly two years, the parties fought over the correct jurisdiction for the case to be heard. Mr Justice Bodey ultimately ruled that England was the correct forum, a ruling later approved by the Court of Appeal.

In April 2017, Pauline Chai was awarded a £64 million divorce settlement, one of the largest ever recorded.

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Wife awarded £453m in mammoth divorce case in English courts

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Vardags’ client, Pauline Chai secures one of the highest ever court awards in ‘titanic’...

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Pauline Chai Granted Decree Nisi

Pauline Chai granted decree nisi

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Chai v Peng: Press release

The Court of Appeal has today unanimously and unequivocally affirmed the decision of Mr Justice Bodey of 17 October 2014; confirming England as the... Read More

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If your spouse controls the family finances, you may be worried about how to find the money for your legal fees during a divorce. But this need not prevent you from accessing the best legal advice to fight for what you deserve. 

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