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Portrait of Beth Bell
Areas of expertise: Family law, Private wealth


Beth is a senior associate in the family law team in Guildford. She advises on all areas of family law for married and unmarried couples, and has particular expertise in the financial issues that can arise when a relationship ends. Beth is very experienced in complex and high value cases, including those involving overseas property and assets. She has also had success in challenging cases involving non-disclosure, in which she has secured significant costs orders for her clients. In litigated matters, she works on cases throughout Surrey and the South East, and has acted on cases at the High Court.

In addition to her financial remedies work, Beth is instructed in a range of children matters, including those involving physical violence, coercive and controlling behaviours, and mental health vulnerabilities. She is recognised in The Legal 500, where she has been recommended for her ‘forensic mind’ and described as both ‘exceptional at what [she] does’ and ‘a real star of the future’. Meanwhile clients commend Beth for her ‘impeccable discretion and sensitivity’, ‘outstanding advice’, and the ‘calm support’ that she provides.

A member of Resolution, Beth advocates a constructive approach to the resolution of family problems. She joined Penningtons Manches Cooper in 2018, having trained and qualified at another leading family law team in the region.

Recent work highlights

  • Successfully negotiating a financial settlement for a husband which almost entirely preserved his pre-marital and inherited assets.
  • Acting for a wife, who was living in Dubai and moving back to the UK, to negotiate a settlement on her behalf which avoided the need for court proceedings.
  • Assisting on a highly contentious case in the High Court where the assets were circa £42 million and the properties, investments and business assets were spread over seven jurisdictions.

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