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Ayesha Vardag

President and Founder

Specialism: Lawyers Family and Matrimonial

Company: Vardags

Location: London, England

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Average: 3 (2 votes)
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3
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Quality of Advice
3
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Communications Skills
3
Average: 3 (2 votes)
Interpersonal Skills
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Co-worker review:

Ayesha has an incredible mind and an awe inspiring presence. She is a star and leader in her field and puts nothing before her clients. She is an outstanding lawyer and the best in the business.

Georgina Hamblin    Vardags   
22 Sep 2021

Co-worker review:

Ayesha is undoubtedly the best legal mind of her generation. She has the ability to dissect complex issues and find unique and novel solutions outside the grasp of other lawyers. Her intellect is only matched by her compassion. A genuine, caring individual who is wedded to finding solutions which work on an emotional and legal level for her clients. She provides a creative space for her colleagues to excel. Rather than dampening their ambition, she broadens their horizons. I would not want to work with anyone else - she is a leader in the truest sense.

Emma Gill    Vardags   
21 Sep 2021

Co-worker review:

A prodigious intellect. Her ability to swiftly assimilate vast amounts of information, and to arrive at exactly the right strategy for the most complex of cases is second to none.

simon mckirgan    vardags   
24 Jul 2019

Co-worker review:

Ayesha Vardag is undoubtedly the sharpest mind in the business. She possesses the perfect blend of intellect and compassion. Indeed there is nobody that I would rather represent me if I was going through a complex divorce. She leaves no stone unturned and is the very definition of drive and determination. She is an absolute inspiration.

Georgina Iona Hamblin    Vardags   
23 Jul 2019

Peer review:

Ayesha’s success can only be described as phenomenal. By dint of sheer hard work and outstanding intellectual acuity she has risen to be at the very top of her game. Her firm now rejoices in being the largest in matrimonial finance.

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Average client size: Over £25 million

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Number of offices globally: 1-5

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Co-worker review:

Ayesha has an incredible mind and an awe inspiring presence. She is a star and leader in her field and puts nothing before her clients. She is an outstanding lawyer and the best in the business.

Georgina Hamblin    Vardags   
22 Sep 2021

Co-worker review:

Ayesha is undoubtedly the best legal mind of her generation. She has the ability to dissect complex issues and find unique and novel solutions outside the grasp of other lawyers. Her intellect is only matched by her compassion. A genuine, caring individual who is wedded to finding solutions which work on an emotional and legal level for her clients. She provides a creative space for her colleagues to excel. Rather than dampening their ambition, she broadens their horizons. I would not want to work with anyone else - she is a leader in the truest sense.

Emma Gill    Vardags   
21 Sep 2021

Co-worker review:

A prodigious intellect. Her ability to swiftly assimilate vast amounts of information, and to arrive at exactly the right strategy for the most complex of cases is second to none.

simon mckirgan    vardags   
24 Jul 2019

Co-worker review:

Ayesha Vardag is undoubtedly the sharpest mind in the business. She possesses the perfect blend of intellect and compassion. Indeed there is nobody that I would rather represent me if I was going through a complex divorce. She leaves no stone unturned and is the very definition of drive and determination. She is an absolute inspiration.

Georgina Iona Hamblin    Vardags   
23 Jul 2019

Peer review:

Ayesha’s success can only be described as phenomenal. By dint of sheer hard work and outstanding intellectual acuity she has risen to be at the very top of her game. Her firm now rejoices in being the largest in matrimonial finance.

07 Feb 2018

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Husband ordered to pay ex-wife after trying to hide £45m of assets in offshore trusts

In Young v Young, the so-called ‘Brewster’s Millions’ case, Ayesha represented the wife, Michelle Young, in her legal battle against her declared bankrupt husband Scot Young. At the time of the final hearing, the husband was bankrupt and his position was he was insolvent to the tune of more than £28m. The wife’s case was that he had “many hundreds of millions” if not “a few billion at least” hidden offshore in a series of complex trusts. In order to circumvent the bankruptcy, Ayesha invited the court to find that the husband had in fact hidden away assets sufficient not only to meet his creditors but to provide her with her fair share of the assets. After a twenty-day final hearing, Moor J assessed the husband’s assets in March 2006 to have been £45m. The judge had “no idea what has happened since then” but on the limited evidence before him, found that the husband still had £45m hidden from the court. Against that, he deducted £5 million for the husband's legitimate debts, making a net total of £40m. The husband was ordered to pay the £20m lump sum within twenty-eight days plus costs of £5m (believed to be the largest ever cost order made in family proceedings) and maintenance arrears totalling £1.5m.

Wife who won the right to divorce in England awarded £64 million

In the long-running dispute of Chai v Peng, Ayesha has advised on one of the highest value cases ever to come before the family courts.

The initial divorce proceedings began a three-year jurisdiction fight which spanned the globe. The husband, the wealthy Malaysian businessman who owns Laura Ashley, petitioned in Malaysia, whilst the wife, represented by Vardags, petitioned in England. The case went to the Court of Appeal in both countries, with the wife ultimately prevailing in her bid to have the case heard in the English High Court.

n Al-Baker v Al-Baker Ayesha advised the wife of a Middle Eastern businessman in what became the largest Part III financial relief payout ever made. Though the wife initially filed for divorce in England, the husband pronounced a unilateral talaq divorce in the UAE courts. With no subsisting marriage, the wife then sought relief under the 1984 act. The husband was completely disengaged, failing to provide any disclosure and remaining outside the jurisdiction for the duration of proceedings. Vardags successfully obtained a worldwide freezing order over £125m of the husband’s assets and a nine-month sentence for committal, the longest ever imposed for non-disclosure in the family courts. At the final hearing, the wife received a record-breaking award in excess of £63m, the largest ever from one spouse to another on a foreign divorce.