Simon Bethel

01223 443334 | Email
Linkedin | Twitter: @simon_cflp
Year of legal qualification: 1998
Qualification as Child Law Arbitrator: 2016


  • wherever there are children, encourages all concerned to put children’s interests first;
  • seeks to defuse and actively resolve high-conflict children disputes, and facilitates the smooth progress of complex financial matters;
  • aims for constructive negotiations and the use of appropriate dispute resolution wherever workable – and provides expert court advocacy if not.

Services offered: court paperwork, collaborative law, negotiation, court proceedings, advocacy, arbitration in children’s cases

What people say:

Directories: Simon is ranked as a Band 1 practitioner in Chambers & Partners (2015), which says, ‘Simon Bethel receives nothing but the highest praise from clients who say he is “supportive,” “understanding,” and someone who “really takes the situation to hand.” He is well versed in all areas of family law, and is seen as being good at “reacting quickly” and keeping clients informed.’ He is also recommended in the Legal 500 which refers to him as ‘knowledgeable and level-headed, and lists him as a leading individual in the East Anglian region.

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:

Resolution member and Accredited Collaborative Family Law Practitioner

Member of the Institute of Family Law Arbitrators and Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

Resolution accredited specialist in private law children and advanced financial provision

Chair of Resolution’s National Children Committee

Committee Member of Cambridge Dispute Resolution Group

Member of Bury St Edmunds Collaborative Pod

Assisted by: Lucy-Jayne Stevenson