Vardags has extensive experience advising UHNW and HNW clients, their families and businesses in the UAE and parts of the Middle East. Having lived and worked in Dubai herself, Founder and President Ayesha Vardag - “Britain’s top divorce lawyer” – has instructed a number of prominent UAE individuals and corporates, and the firm continues to work with UAE clients on a consistent basis.
Previous UHNW clients include, Meshkah Tawfik, ex-wife of Sheikh Hamad bin Jasim Al Thani of the Qatari Royal family, and another Middle Eastern Royal family, who Vardags instructed regarding a social media campaign of harassment and defamation. We also work in close partnership with a network of UAE contacts, including banks, family offices, tax advisors and wealth managers.
Our Dubai desk, led by Founder and President Ayesha Vardag, is comprised of the finest lawyers with unrivalled expertise in the area of judicial dissolution of cross-border marriages and cases involving jurisdictional disputes and 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.
Simon McKirgan is Senior Director at Vardags and a top international divorce lawyer, with experience in representing individuals or their spouses/partners from commercial, City, banking, investment, media, entertainment and sporting sectors, and entrepreneurs. Simon specialises in high and ultra-high-net-worth divorce and financial disputes often involving complex jurisdictional issues, and separation and cohabitation disputes and private children proceedings, including international relocation. He has a wealth of experience in handling celebrities and the sensitivities around their cases. Simon is also a trained collaborative lawyer and is as well-equipped to adopt a conciliatory negotiated approach as a tough litigation stance.
Director of Divorce & Family law, Silvia Devecchi, speaks native Italian, fluent English and Arabic to an intermediate level. She has recently been ranked as a ‘Leading Individual’ by Legal 500 - one of the highest accolades - having been widely applauded by clients for her ‘incredible knowledge, tactical mind and practical approach’.
Head of Reputation and Privacy, Alex McCready, advised a prominent Middle Eastern Royal family facing a social media campaign of harassment and defamation from a high-profile critic. Specialising in UHNW and high-profile matters, Alex is widely reputed as “the definitive reputation and privacy lawyer” (Spears 500).