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Portrait of Danielle Bentley
Areas of expertise: Family law


Danielle is a senior associate based in the Reading office. She advises on a broad spectrum of family issues, from financial settlements and proceedings relating to the arrangements for children, to cohabitation disputes between non-married couples. She also has experience in advising on and preparing pre/post nuptial agreements and cohabitation agreements. As a member of Resolution, Danielle is committed to resolving family disputes in a constructive and non-adversarial way. She is also a qualified mediator, currently working towards accredited mediator status.

Her particular expertise lies in resolving mid to high net worth finances following a divorce with a specific interest in cases involving complex business interests and structures. Danielle is a Resolution accredited specialist for complex financial remedy proceedings (mid to high net worth), and for private children proceedings.

Danielle joined Penningtons Manches Cooper in January 2022 having previously worked in a Legal 500 Tier 1 family department of a regional Thames Valley firm. She has been listed in the Legal 500, and in 2020 and 2021, she won the Lawyer Monthly Women in Law award in recognition of her contributions to family law. Danielle is also the secretary for the Resolution committee for Buckinghamshire and Berkshire, and is involved in organising training and networking opportunities for family practitioners in and around the Thames Valley.

Recent work highlights

  • Successfully negotiating a favourable financial settlement on behalf of a client at an FDR hearing, where the other party raised complex legal arguments in a bid to drastically reduce the client’s financial settlement.
  • Represented a client in contested children act proceedings where the other party sought to minimise the client’s role in the children’s lives by raising allegations of substance misuse, settling the matter with a staged progression towards shared care of the children.
  • Represented a client in financial remedy proceedings in a case involving complex business interests held in trust, which the other party tried to place out of reach of the client.
  • Advised numerous clients with significant business interests in divorce and financial remedy proceedings and negotiated favourable outcomes.
  • Advising and negotiating financial settlements for clients with assets held in the UK and overseas.

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