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Georgina Hamblin

Director, Divorce and Family Law

Specialism: Lawyers Family and Matrimonial

Company: Vardags

Location: London, England

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Georgina is the best lawyer of her generation by a country mile. She has an innate ability to distil complex international issues into the simplest of terms and is unparalleled in delivery winning strategies time after time for very happy clients. She is also a genuinely caring person, alive to the sensitivities of a complex separation. She is a powerhouse of legal clout and compassion.

Emma Gill    Vardags   
29 Sep 2021

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2018 

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Average client size: Over £25 million

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Number of offices globally: 1-5

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Georgina is the best lawyer of her generation by a country mile. She has an innate ability to distil complex international issues into the simplest of terms and is unparalleled in delivery winning strategies time after time for very happy clients. She is also a genuinely caring person, alive to the sensitivities of a complex separation. She is a powerhouse of legal clout and compassion.

Emma Gill    Vardags   
29 Sep 2021

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Client work includes:

  • Georgina acted in the high-profile case of Chai v Peng where Vardags represented the wife, the former Miss Malaysia Pauline Chai, in a cross-jurisdiction dispute with her Laura Ashley tycoon husband. Georgina’s team successfully secured the finding that the English courts had jurisdiction in the face of the Malaysian counterclaim. With an estimated £440 million in the pot, this judgment had substantial impact on the financial settlement. Georgina’s innovative approach was then endorsed by judges in subsequent hearings and the decision was upheld by the Court of Appeal in December 2015. Decree Absolute was pronounced in January 2017 and in April of that year Ms Chai was granted £64 million, one of the highest ever court awards.

 

  • In the multi-jurisdictional case of Al-Baker v Al-Baker, Georgina’s client Sareh Al-Baker was granted over £64 million including what is thought to be the largest lump sum ever awarded against a spouse after a foreign divorce. The divorce came after forty-six-year-marriage and was marked by the husband’s non-disclosure. Georgie helped lead Vardags to obtain interim awards and legal costs provision for Mrs Al-Baker but the husband refused to make payment, resulting in the team having him barred from making representations to the court. Despite the husband’s breaches of court orders, the court assessed the parties’ total assets to be £129,595,687 and agreed with Vardags’ case that Mrs Al-Baker had the right to a full sharing claim. In October 2016 Mrs Al-Baker was awarded the transfer of three matrimonial properties and a lump sum of £61.5 million.

 

  • In 2016, Georgina acted for the wife in her application for financial relief, following the parties’ divorce in Russia in 2009 where the wife was awarded approximately $US10 million. Despite the wife having not applied under the Act until five years after the divorce, Georgina helped successfully argue that she was under pressure during the 2009 proceedings and that the Russian order was insufficient to meet her needs. The wife disclosed assets of c £4.7 million and the husband of £40 million. With the English courts considered the appropriate forum, the wife was ultimately awarded secure housing within the family home until the youngest child reached 21, child maintenance of £35,000 per child per annum, a lump sum of £1 million in exchange for an annuity held in her favour upon the husband’s death and a further lump sum of £1,148,480 with which to meet her needs. In autumn 2017, Vardags represented the client in the Court of Appeal case reported as Zimina v Zimin. This clarified what is meant by “no or no adequate financial provision” in big money Part III claims, and whether adequacy should be assessed at the date of the foreign award or the date of the domestic trial.

 

  • Since July 2017, Georgina is acting for the wife in ongoing financial proceedings involving assets approaching £1 billion. This includes a company structure spanning multiple jurisdictions worth hundreds of millions of pounds, of which both parties are directors and shareholders, together with a number of properties and an artwork collection worth tens of millions of pounds. As the totality of the wealth has been generated exclusively during the thirty-year marriage, through full and equal contributions by both parties, the matter brings into question how the sharing principle should be applied. Key issues that will be tackled include the husband’s arguments with regards to post-separation accrual and special contribution. Extensive valuations will also be required in respect of the family’s substantive asset base. The case is expected to go to a two-day private FDR in April 2018.