Vardags’ German desk delivers a bespoke legal service to Germany-based HNW and UHNW individuals, their families, and businesses. The team, led by Founder and President Ayesha Vardag, who has been profiled in Stern, Suddeutsche Zeitung and Schwäbische Zeitung, comprises the finest lawyers, including fluent German speakers. Previous UHNW clients include German heiress Katrin Radmacher, who Vardags represented in a landmark UK case which transformed the way the English courts regard prenuptial agreements. Our German desk also work in close partnership with a network of German contacts, including banks, family offices, tax advisors and wealth managers.
Vardags has unrivalled 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. The jurisdiction in which you are entitled to divorce rests on a mixture of European and national law, but is generally determined in relation to where each party is habitually resident or domiciled. If the dispute is between two European countries, the person who petitions first may be determinative. It is therefore vital to take legal advice promptly. 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. Family law issues are often sensitive and can be difficult to address with your lawyer. At Vardags, we understand the need to express yourself freely and that it is often easier to discuss your private matters in your mother tongue.
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.
Vardags frequently feature in the German press. Founder and President, Ayesha Vardag, has been profiled by who ha.
- Suddeutsche Zeitung | "Ich bin die teuerste Anwältin Londons"
- Stern | Wären May und Kollegen Anwälte in meiner Kanzlei, würde ich sie feuern
- Schwäbische Zeitung | Ehevertrag: Faire Abmachungen in friedlichen Zeiten
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
Globally reputed as “Britain’s top divorce lawyer”, Ayesha Vardag has received significant coverage in the German press, with profile pieces in Stern, Suddeutsche Zeitung and Schwäbische Zeitung. The founder and President of Vardags, Ayesha specialises in high-net-worth divorce, often with an international or celebrity element.
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.