Divorce lawyers for bankers

Working in finance can bring high rewards, but when it comes to divorce that can bring stress and complexity. You will want to ensure that your capital and income are protected, including future bonuses and unvested awards.

Generally speaking, the English court shares the wealth which was built up during the marriage. Property earned or acquired before then, or from sources such as inheritance, will be treated as non-matrimonial and used only so far as is necessary to meet your partners’ needs. You will need to demonstrate clearly when and how your assets were acquired. For those with a background in finance, the court will generally consider deferred options which relate to work during performed during the marriage as matrimonial property.

As a high earner, you may be required to pay ongoing maintenance to your spouse. This will depend on their income and their needs. You will want to focus on how much you will have to pay, and for how long. To do this you will need realistic assessments of you and your partners’ future income, including pressure points such as when approaching retirement.

Vardags for bankers

Vardags is a firm of specialists in high value divorces. The lawyers have significant experience in dealing with bankers and clients from the world of finance. With an in house forensic team which combines legal and financial knowledge, they are the best placed to advise you on your divorce.

Vardags understand the specific circumstances of high earning bankers, including the proper treatment of unvested options and the impact of bonuses on future earnings. With their in depth expertise and track record of working with successful finance professionals, they can advise you on how to protect your income and capital during your divorce.

Vardags team for bankers

As a senior director at Vardags, Simon McKirgan has worked on a large number of cases involving high earning individuals. He understands the specific issues which arise with clients who work in finance, including the effects that unvested shares, options and bonuses can have on structuring capital and maintenance awards.

Lois Rogers has experience in representing bankers and has written for Family Law Week on bonuses and family law, whilst Sophie Cantillon also has extensive experience representing financial professionals.

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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Qualifying Individuals

Vardags specialise in cases involving high net worth individuals, their families and their companies.  Free consultations are offered for clients with net assets in excess of £2million or involved in other high value disputes.
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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.

Call Vardags London: 020 7404 9390

Our confidential enquiry lines are staffed 24 hours a day, every day of the year.