Vardags’ delivers a bespoke legal service to HNW and UHNW individuals, their families, and businesses, based in the principality of Liechtenstein. “Britain’s top divorce lawyer”, Ayesha Vardag, fields a team of some of the UK’s leading lawyers, many of whom are multilingual, including Ayesha herself. The team have acted for and against heirs and heiresses, tycoons, international footballers, celebrities and royalty in big-ticket financial and associated cases across the globe, with industry-leading experience in the judicial dissolution of cross-border marriages and cases involving jurisdictional disputes and international assets. Of note, we represented German heiress Katrin Radmacher in a landmark UK case which transformed the way the English courts regard prenuptial agreements. We also work in close partnership with a network of contacts, including banks, family offices, tax advisors and wealth managers, based in Liechtenstein.
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.
In England, the court will look at the needs of the parties and will aim look to share the assets built up during the course of the marriage. The English court also has wide-ranging powers to order ongoing maintenance and look at assets held through companies and family trusts.
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