Vardags’ Australian Desk is comprised of the finest lawyers with leading expertise in advising on Australian, UK and international matters. The team, led by Founder and President Ayesha Vardag, includes the Australian qualified Jonathan Rose and Tilley Schonell, both of whom began their legal careers at award-winning firms based in Australia. Together, the Australia Desk are uniquely placed to provide a bespoke, multi-disciplinary service to Australia-based individuals, their families, and businesses. Our Australia desk also work in close partnership with a network of Australian contacts, including banks, family offices, tax advisors and wealth managers.
Vardags has unrivaled expertise in the area of judicial dissolution of cross-border marriages and typically works on cases involving jurisdictional disputes and international assets. We will help you to ensure that the case is considered in the court of the state where your position is stronger. Another area of our competence is the valuation and tracking of international assets.
If you are in an international relationship, the jurisdiction in which your divorce proceeds could make a huge difference to the final outcome. London, as the divorce capital of the world, is known for making generous awards to the financially weaker parties, and the court has a wide discretion in what it awards. In these circumstances, it is imperative to act fast and instruct a lawyer as soon as possible. At Vardags, we will help you to ensure that the case is considered in the court of the state where your position is stronger.
Whether you can claim English jurisdiction is complex and depends on where you currently live, where you have previously lived and your domicile. Very often, a British person living abroad is able to access the English justice system, without necessarily being in the country at the time.
Proceedings can also be initiated if one party wants to move to another country with the children, given that the permission of the other parent, or the court, is required. If you are caught in this situation, then you may need to seek legal advice.
Vardags’ services extend well beyond divorce and family law, and encompass reputation and privacy, property, corporate, criminal defence, commercial and civil litigation, employment, and professional negligence.
We offer a free consultation to suitable clients, typically those where the family's net assets are in excess of £1m or the combined income is in excess of £150,000
“Britain's top divorce lawyer” Ayesha Vardag rose to fame for winning the landmark Supreme Court case of Radmacher v Granatino in 2010, changing the law to make prenuptial agreements legally enforceable in England and Wales.
The founder and President of Vardags, Ayesha specialises in high-net-worth divorce, often with an international or celebrity element. Ayesha, described as “The Diva of Divorce” (TIME Magazine), has a reputation for hard-hitting litigation, commercial savvy, fearlessness, and strategic intellectual vision. This, coupled with a no-nonsense style, and a passion for her cases informed by her own experience of divorce, has won her an ultra-high-net-worth, high-profile client base second to none, made up of clients who expect the very best.
Ayesha was recently awarded Woman of the Year at the GG2 Awards 2023 which celebrate the extraordinary talent that exists in the British Asian community, and with fellow winners including Prime Minister Rishi Sunak. Her acceptance speech can be viewed here. She is also listed in the 2023 GG2 Power List, which profiles Britain’s 101 most influential Asians.
Ayesha is releasing her first novel in weekly installments on Substack.
Tilley Schonell is an Australian-qualified lawyer, having practised for two years at a pre-eminent and award-winning specialist family law firm in Sydney, Australia. She specialises in the full range of family and divorce matters, including those with an international element.