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10 April, 2017 - 21:08 By Kate Sweeney

Top divorce law firm marries into Cambridge cluster

Divorce law Ayesha Vardag

The UK’s leading divorce law firm, Vardags, has established a base in central Cambridge.

The firm is led by Ayesha Vardag (above), who read law at Cambridge and who has represented members of Royal families, heiresses, international footballers, artists, professionals, entrepreneurs and celebrities.

Vardags, which specialises in high net worth and complex international divorce cases, has taken a lease on 1 St Mary’s Passage in a deal brokered by Carter Jonas. The space totals 900 sq ft and has been let on a 10-year deal at £30.30 per sq ft.

1 St Mary’s Passage is a Grade II listed building in Cambridge City Centre. St Mary’s Passage, which represents an important part of the city’s historic centre, is a pedestrianised street that links the market place area to King’s Parade, running alongside Great St Mary’s Church.

George Fellowes at Carter Jonas, said: “The move to St Mary’s Passage is an important landmark in the firm’s growth and reinforces the importance it places on Cambridge as a business hub. This new premises is right in the heart of Cambridge and will act as a catalyst for continued growth.”

Arron Bortoft for Vardags, said: “We are delighted to be able to bring our top family law, criminal defence law and civil law expertise to the region in an outstanding and truly unrivalled central Cambridge location.”

Bircham Dyson Bell LLP

Another leading UK law firm has moved into the Cambridge cluster. Bircham Dyson Bell LLP has taken the last space in the recently-refurbished Bateman House in Hills Road. Savills negotiated the lease for Trinity Hall. The multi-disciplinary law firm will occupy 491 sq ft on part of the ground floor. 

The latest deal follows significant activity at Bateman House, which has seen more than 16,644 sq ft taken in the last 12 months, with other suites occupied by Docker, Electric Imp, Malin Life Sciences, Genestack and Intrasonics. 

This success follows the completion of the refurbishment works, co-ordinated by the Savills building & project consultancy team, to the building’s core areas and office space earlier this year. The work was done over a staged period of 16 months.

Frankie Wood, surveyor in the business space team at Savills Cambridge, said: “Due to a continued lack of existing city centre stock, refurbishments are becoming increasingly popular with occupiers looking for space around the Hills Road/Station Road area. It is testament to the strength of the building, location and its new profile that it is was fully let in such a short space of time.” 

Paul Ffolkes Davis, Bursar at Trinity Hall said: “This has been a very exciting project for Trinity Hall and has shown the strength of well placed assets within Cambridge city centre.”

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