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Year of legal qualification: 1998

Approach:

  • aims for constructive negotiations and the use of appropriate dispute resolution wherever workable – and provides expert court advocacy if not;
  • wherever there are children, encourages all concerned to put their children’s interests first and gives sensible, wise advice with an eye to the future; and
  • seeks to defuse and actively resolve high-conflict disputes, and facilitates the smooth progress of complex matters, whether financial or child-related.

Services offered: legal advice, court paperwork, collaborative law, negotiation, court proceedings, advocacy, arbitration.

What people say:

Directories: Simon is ranked as a Band 1 practitioner in Chambers & Partners (2017), which says, ‘Simon Bethel is sought after for his expertise in children law disputes as well as his ability to handle high-value matrimonial cases. He is an accredited collaborative law practitioner, and peers comment: “We can have very sensible discussions to cut through and find solutions.”‘ He is also recommended as a leading individual in the East Anglian region by  the Legal 500 (2017) which refers to him (and Tricia) as ‘highly rated practitioners’.

Client: “Thank you for your skilled advocacy, hard work and attention to detail.  You have made this difficult process so much easier to deal with and get through” (name withheld)

External colleague:  “Simon combines strong intellect with a desire to get the job done.  A pleasure to work with always, it would be hard to find a stronger supporter of his client’s cause” – Charles Hale QC, Barrister at 4 Paper Buildings

Internal colleague: “A flexible, dynamic and focussed practitioner with a strong human touch and a good beard” – Adam Moghadas

Accreditation, achievements, memberships:

Chair of Resolution’s National Children Committee

Children’s law arbitrator and Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitration

Resolution member and accredited Collaborative Family Law Practitioner

Resolution accredited specialist in private law children and advanced financial provision

Committee Member of Cambridge Dispute Resolution Group

Member of Bury St Edmunds Collaborative Pod

Assisted by: Lucy-Jayne Stevenson

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