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Kamal Vasdev

Head of Family

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Kamal Vasdev

Family Law

Kamal qualified as a solicitor in 2015 and joined stevensdrake in 2017 as an Associate before taking up the position of Head of Department in 2020. Kamal had previously worked in the Family Law departments of Legal 500 ranked firms in both London and Surrey.

Having worked in Family Law for close to a decade, Kamal has amassed a significant amount of experience and can advise on all areas of Family Law.

Kamal predominately deals with the financial matters which arise following the breakdown of a marriage, civil partnership or cohabiting relationship. Many of Kamal’s cases involve assets of significant value (including property and pensions) but he is equally adept in cases where the assets are modest, and he always seeks to adopt a pragmatic approach in order to preserve the marital pot and secure an outcome which achieves fairness. 

Kamal regularly advises in relation to wealth preservation and is often instructed to prepare or review Pre or Post Nuptial Agreements as well as Cohabitation Agreements for unmarried cohabitees. 

Kamal is routinely instructed to deal with matters concerning children, whether this be to secure financial provision for them or to determine their living arrangements (in this Jurisdiction or abroad).
In all cases, Kamal always seeks to resolve disputes in the most amicable way possible, and to ensure his clients are fully aware of their options from the outset, where possible. Kamal also seeks to take the adversarial nature out of what is often a stressful and difficult experience. As a member of Resolution, Kamal is committed to helping his clients resolve their issues in a constructive way. 

Outside of work, Kamal is an avid fitness enthusiast and a long suffering supporter of Crystal Palace FC. Kamal also provides mentoring via the Princes Trust and the LYLG Mentor Scheme. He has previously held the role of Trustee of a small charity, focussed on relieving the effects of homelessness in Crawley and formerly held the role of Trustee with the Tandridge Trust.

Notable Cases:

  • Representing a client in proceedings following a Barder Event.
  • Successfully securing leave for a client to permanently relocate to Australia with the children of the parties.
  • Securing a ‘live with’ order (formerly a residence order) in favour of a father where it had been recommended by CAFCASS that the children live with the mother and spend time with the father. 
  • Securing a pension sharing order (where the pension pot exceeded the cash equivalent value of £1.5m), following the instruction of a pension on divorce expert, amongst other orders, for a client which provided for equality of income on retirement having regard to her non-financial contributions over the course of the marriage as well as the length of the marriage.
  • Representing a client in Wardship proceedings in the High Court to secure urgent orders to prevent the unlawful removal of a child from England to a Pakistan. 
  • Representing a parent in care proceedings involving elements of fabricated or induced illness, necessitating the instruction of Queen’s Counsel. 
  • Assisting in the landmark case of Gohil v Gohil [Gohil v Gohil [2014] EWCA Civ 274 (13 March 2014)] whilst a trainee solicitor, in which the husband sought to overturn the High Court’s decision to allow the wife’s application to set aside a Consent Order, concluding their financial remedy proceedings in 2004. 

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