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Founded by Ayesha Vardag in 2005 (‘initially from the spare room of my Islington home’), Vardags has grown into one of the country’s most prolific law firms. It is known for its confident, forceful approach and counts industrial magnates, sports stars, celebrities and members of international royal families among clients. ‘After more than a dozen years working all hours building Vardags, I am now the president of a leading, magic circle law firm with an elite team of well over 70 of the very best lawyers in England and Wales and five gloriously Georgian-panelled, silk-curtained offices, including a flagship overlooking St Paul’s in the City,’ she says. ‘I provide a strategic overview for all of our major cases as well as spending time managing the strategy and future of the firm.’ Vardags acts for clients from across the globe, including many from the Middle East and Russia, Asia and increasingly Africa. They have similar needs, despite their disparate origins: ‘They want a world-class level of service from lawyers who will leave no stone unturned to get them a great result and have a unique track record for winning,’ she says. ‘They want us to secure their future, for themselves and their children, and protect their family, their business and their legacy.’ Vardag herself has achieved some of family law’s most important wins, including Radmacher (‘the biggest case in family law history, changing centuries of law to make prenups work in England’), Young v Young, and Chai v Khoo. She read law at Cambridge, Brussels, the ICJ and the IAEA, before training and qualifying in commercial law at Linklaters in London and Moscow (she also worked for New York law firm Weil Gotshal & Manges). She dual-qualified to the Bar, undertaking pupillage at a professional negligence set, before switching to family law after her own lawyer was impressed by the work she did on her own divorce. The keen equestrian’s free time couldn’t be calmer than the fraught dealings of divorce: ‘I ride pretty much daily, and am happiest when cantering through the fields.’

Ayesha Vardag