If you are in the public eye as a sportsperson, performer, or other celebrity, protecting your reputation and assets are of the utmost importance.
The English court has wide ranging powers to make orders sharing assets built up during the marriage and to make orders for ongoing maintenance to the financially weaker party. You will want to ensure that any settlement is fair, and takes into account how your financial position might change over time.
You may also want to protect yourself from adverse publicity surrounding your divorce. Though divorce hearings are held in private, many details can leak to the press, and some parties can use newspapers to try and influence proceedings and public opinion.
If your life has an international element, you may also need to consider where the best country for your divorce to proceed in is. This will be dependent on where you are domiciled and where are habitually resident – and can make a huge difference to the financial settlement.
As leading divorce lawyers, Vardags are frequently instructed by celebrities, who come to us for our media shrewdness, financial expertise, and impressive track record. We offer a premium bespoke service that places the wishes of our clients and their best interests at the forefront of our practice.
Vardags has unrivalled experience in managing the publicity which surrounds high profile divorce and have a dedicated team of media-savvy Reputation & Privacy solicitors. Where this demands discretion, Vardags can advise on keeping matters private, with our leading media lawyers controlling press speculation. Where a client wants a more open strategy, we are able to utilise our contacts in the world of PR and journalism to ensure your side of the story comes across.
Meanwhile our in-house financial experts, combining commercial understanding with legal brilliance, can make sure your financial position is put forward in the best light and protected. Highly experienced in complex and international financial matters, they work with our lawyers to ensure the best possible financial outcome for our clients.
Our specialist firm directors work closely with highly skilled and experienced teams.
Vardags’ founder and President Ayesha Vardag has had an illustrious and unrivalled career which includes representing celebrities, international sports stars, heirs and heiresses, among other high-profile public figures in law-making cases. Widely regarded as one of the world’s best divorce lawyers, Ayesha combines razor-sharp intellect with a fearless strategic approach to lead her clients to resounding victory. Herself a regular feature in national press, she has a keen understanding of the media and the challenges it can bring.
Senior director Georgina Hamblin is known for her dedication, her intellectual agility, and her ability to achieve the seemingly impossible for her clients. She has been instrumental in high-profile cases, including leading the former beauty queen Pauline Chai against to victory against her tycoon husband. Regularly instructed by high-profile figures, Georgina truly belongs to the legal elite.
Head of Reputation & Privacy Alex McCready, described as the “definitive reputation and privacy lawyer”, has been featured on lists of trailblazers in her field. Highly adept at managing print, online, and social media matters, Alex has expertise in both pre- and post-publication and broadcast issues, regularly ensuring withdrawal or amendment of articles, as well as securing apologies from national newspapers in the case of published stories.