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Young v Young

Young v Young, known in the press as the ‘Brewster’s Millions’ case, became a cause célèbre in both the legal world and the media. Property entrepreneur Scot Young and his wife Michelle Young separated in 2006, with Mr Young claiming that his business empire had collapsed and left him with nothing. However, Ms Young contended that he in fact had hundreds of millions or even billions hidden in a series of complex offshore trusts.

Vardags represented Ms Young for the final financial hearing before the High Court in 2013. At the time, Mr Young was legally bankrupt but the judge found that he had hidden £45m from the court and ordered him to pay £20m to Ms Young plus costs of £5m (believed to be the largest cost order ever made in family proceedings) and maintenance arrears totalling £1.5m. This was the largest ever award against a declared bankrupt.

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Managing Director Catherine Thomas is featured in The Global Legal Post

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Michelle Young granted decree nisi

Michelle Young, estranged wife of property tycoon and ‘fixer’ Scot Young, has been granted a decree nisi by District Judge Heather MacGregor. Ms Young’s... Read More

You may be eligible for a litigation loan

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. 

Whether you and your spouse built-up your fortune during your marriage, you married someone who already had money or you have had a child with someone with money, it is likely that you are entitled to very significant assets or income. But accessing this wealth now that you are separated may be difficult, restricting your ability to afford the very best legal representation for you and your family during your divorce.

What options are available to fund my case?

If your spouse is not prepared to pay your divorce fees, you may be eligible for a litigation loan. This specific type of lending allows you to secure any assets that you or your partner have, such as your former matrimonial home, against a loan that will cover your legal fees. This loan is then paid back at the end of the case.

A litigation loan is rigorous and transparent, and will grant you access to a top divorce lawyer who will ensure that you get your fair share. Vardags is experienced in securing litigation funding for its high net worth clients and has strong relationships with a select pool of the very best funders around. We also know when best to apply, and exercise careful judgement in determining when to pursue claims.

Vardags are ready to help

Vardags can advise in detail on the options available at your first consultation. We offer a free initial consultation, without obligation, to clients who have family assets greater than £1 million or income of greater than £150,000 per annum. Please call our confidential enquiry line on 020 7205 5792 to arrange your consultation — it’s never too early or too late to take expert legal advice. 

 
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*Free consultation for qualifying individuals. We do not undertake legal aid work but there are often other ways to fund your case. We do not act on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis in civil disputes.

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