Vardags’ Greek Desk delivers a bespoke legal service to HNW and UHNW individuals, their families, and businesses, based in Greece. The team, led by Founder and President Ayesha Vardag, comprises the finest lawyers, with unrivalled expertise in the area of judicial dissolution of cross-border marriages and cases involving jurisdictional disputes and international assets. Our Greek Desk also work in close partnership with a network of contacts based in Greece, including banks, family offices, tax advisors and wealth managers. Previous UHNW clients include Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou, Founder of EasyJet, during his defamation claim against The Telegraph.
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. Where 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 not to delay in taking legal advice promptly. At Vardags, we will help you ensure that your case proceeds in the most advantageous jurisdiction, as well as providing our expertise on international asset tracing.
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.
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.
Katherine specialises in children cases, in particular those with an international element. Her expertise covers all cross-border disputes involving children, with a focus on international relocation cases. Katherine also has a great deal of experience in child abduction matters (both Hague and non-Hague), and of representing children as their Solicitor Guardian. In addition she has significant experience in representing clients in proceedings under the inherent jurisdiction, international adoption, and in cases involving the registration and enforcement of foreign contact orders. Katherine also advises on domestic disputes involving children, and on issues relating to fertility and surrogacy.
Head of Reputation and Privacy, Alex McCready, advised Easyjet founder, Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou, during his defamation claim against The Telegraph. Specialising in UHNW and high-profile matters, Alex is widely reputed as “the definitive reputation and privacy lawyer” (Spears 500).