Divorce lawyers for royalty and aristocracy

As a member of a royal or aristocratic family, you will naturally be concerned with protecting both your family wealth and your good name should you come to divorce.

The wide ranging powers of the English court mean that the judge can order payments based on family money and inheritances, even when such money is held through trust structures. In viewing marriage as a partnership, the English court is likely to make a generous award, sharing capital built up during the marriage and even using non-matrimonial property to meet a party’s needs.

As a member of a prominent family, you are also likely to want to protect your reputation during the course of your divorce. Though family proceedings are usually heard in private, there is the possibility that your case will be heard in open court, and the parties are able to speak to the press provided they do not breach certain reporting restrictions.

As a member of a foreign royal family, you may also worry that the influence of relatives could prejudiced a court decision. If you are entitled to divorce in England that may lead to a fairer and more favourable result.

With your divorce subject to public scrutiny, you may wish to engage with the press or ask the court to prevent publication of some elements. This will involve the complex interplay of family, media, and human rights law.

Vardags for royalty and the aristocracy

Vardags have a strong history of representing members of peers and royal families, including international aristocrats.

Our understanding of family trusts and asset structures will help you to protect your future financial position, and that of your family. We will advise you on how to respond to a needs or sharing claim and how to accurately demonstrate the value and liquidity of your family wealth. We will help you to determine your spouse’s reasonable needs and explore their own earning capacity. As top international family lawyers, we will help you obtain the best possible settlement.

Vardags have particular experience in representing high profile clients. We understand that your reputation is important for your and will help you manage the press as they report on your divorce. Our relationships with the press will help you get your side of the story out, whilst our experience in media law, including acting for prominent celebrities, will help you to protect your reputation as necessary.

Vardags team for royalty and the aristocracy

Top international divorce lawyer, Catherine Thomas, has represented several members of prominent families in proceedings during the course of her career. She has advised in relation to financial settlements involving both capital and income, as well as on cases with significant media attention.

Other team members with experience of representing aristocrats and royals include Charlie Bell and Sophie Cantillon.

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

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