Vardags have extensive experience advising UHNW and HNW clients, their families and businesses, in Saudi Arabia. Founder and President Ayesha Vardag, “Britain’s top divorce lawyer”, has instructed a number of prominent Saudi Arabian individuals and corporates. Alongside her award-winning legal team, Ayesha continues to work with Saudi Arabian clients on a regular basis, providing exceptional advice on matters involving jurisdiction and forum disputes as well as highly complex international assets and structures. Notable Saudis - such as the divorce of billionaire Saudi oil tycoon Sheikh Walid Juffali - have been known to have their divorce finalised in the English courts. We also work in close partnership with a network of Saudi contacts, including banks, family offices, tax advisors and wealth managers.
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 ensure that your case proceeds in the most advantageous jurisdiction, as well as providing our expertise on international asset tracing.
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