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VARDAGS IS A world-renowned law firm whose stated purpose is making the law work for the global elite. ‘Britain’s top divorce lawyer’ and ‘the Diva of Divorce’, Ayesha Vardag, leads a team of Britain’s best legal minds, working to provide outstanding strategic solutions for the full spectrum of their clients’ legal needs.

Having made its name in big ticket divorce law, Vardags has in recent years expanded its gold standard service to reputation and privacy, criminal defence, civil disputes and property law. The firm prides itself on its cross-departmental problem-solving, building an elite team around the specifics of each client’s case. In turn, the legal team is supported by the firm’s unique in-house client services, which address the complexities particular to high value, high profile cases.

The financial forensics team, led by Katharine Anderson, deals with complex financial cases involving the valuation of private companies, interpretation of complex remuneration schemes, finding hidden assets and liberating cash to allow clean-break settlement. They also collaborate with an expert property consultant, who values complex property portfolios based both in the UK and abroad.

Vardags has a history of managing high profile cases. Clients benefit from a dedicated reputation and privacy legal team, together with the firm’s unmatched experience handling PR issues, which includes liaising with specialist PR agencies.


Vardags was founded by Ayesha Vardag (top flight) to bring City rigour to family law. The firm has worked at the cutting edge for almost two decades, acting in many of the biggest cases to go through the family courts, and it has a history of record-making victories.

It was Vardags that changed English law in 2010 to make prenuptial agreements enforceable; that acted in England’s first concluded family law arbitration; and secured some of the highest-ever court awards for spouses, including the largest-ever award after a foreign divorce. The Children Team also broke legal ground to secure posthumous fertility treatment for a recently bereaved family.

With Ayesha Vardag at the helm, the London family law team is led by Georgina Hamblin (top recommended), ‘widely regarded as one of the best divorce lawyers in the country’, while the Manchester Office is headed up by Emma Gill (top recommended), ‘Manchester’s top divorce lawyer’. Other star lawyers include the ‘immensely skilled’ Simon McKirgan (top recommended) and Lois Rogers (recommended). The firm has its own dedicated and industry-leading Children department, led by Katherine Res Pritchard (recommended), specialising in complex, high net worth and international children matters, as well as those relating to fertility and surrogacy.

Whether clients need representation for divorce, children or other family matters, Vardags’ expertise will help secure the best possible outcome.


Led by Alex McCready (top recommended), ‘the definitive reputation and privacy lawyer’, the team help individuals, families and corporates defend their reputation and privacy in today’s digital age. In addition to their own freestanding media clients, they support Vardags’ large base of UHNW clients during divorce, family disputes and other litigation for whom reputation management is an increasingly complicated issue.

Alex’s team have carved out a unique practice from working cross-departmentally and taking a holistic approach to their client’s privacy and reputation management. Lives can be destroyed by attacks on reputation and privacy, so the importance of Alex’s work cannot be underestimated.


Led by experienced criminal lawyer Robert Conway, Vardags’ criminal department represents HNW individuals facing charges of assault, drug, harassment, sexual offences and murder, as well as all aspects of white-collar crime, regulatory crime and confiscation proceedings.

Vardags acts at all stages of proceedings. A significant proportion of work involves taking a proactive approach in early stage, pre-charge intervention. Conway has an extraordinary record in closing cases down completely at police level, before charges are brought.

Where criminal and reputation matters overlap, Vardags offers an exceptional cross-departmental service to handle all aspects of the case holistically, to ensure the best possible result for their client.


Vardags’ civil team brings the firm’s distinctive approach to a wide spectrum of legal issues. Headed by Frank Ryan, the team combines exceptional legal talent with highly attuned corporate understanding.

The firm works on a wide range of disputes on behalf of wealthy individuals and their businesses, including shareholder disputes, intellectual property, employment law, public procurement and property disputes.


Vardags’ property department is led by James Bunker (top recommended), who has a wealth of experience acting for HNW individuals, family offices, companies and trustees in connection with their property affairs in England and Wales. The department handles the buying, selling and mortgaging of properties, along with lease extensions and renewals, and advises on the protection of interests in property and general land law matters. Vardags’ property team has particular expertise in London’s prime and super-prime residential markets. Bunker has pioneered a streamlined fast-track process to get transactions completed more efficiently, thus minimising the risk of the deal being lost.


With offices in London, Manchester and Cambridge, Vardags has been a trailblazing law firm at the forefront of the profession for almost two decades. 


Divorce, children and family law; Reputation and privacy; Civil disputes; Criminal defence; Property


United Kingdom

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