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Bethan Thomas, Senior Associate at Penningtons Manches
Areas of expertise: Family law, Private wealth


Bethan is a senior associate in the Reading family team who advises on all aspects of relationship breakdown, including divorce and separation, financial settlements, pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements, cohabitation disputes and private law children matters. She regularly acts on complex financial disputes, including trusts and international cases.

A member of Resolution, the leading membership organisation for specialist family lawyers and vice chair of the Thames Valley Family Lawyers Society, Bethan is ranked as a ‘rising star” by The Legal 500. She is described as ‘amazing; she is patient, kind and considerate, with her knowledge and expertise particularly reassuring’.

Bethan is also listed as an ‘associate to watch’ by Chambers UK, with a client noting that ‘she was very patient and excelled at explaining legal nuances and their ramifications to me. She answered questions very thoroughly and her communications were always clear, concise and insightful’. She has also been praised for her ‘steely determination to achieve the best result for her client’ and her ‘superb analytical skills’.

Recent work highlights

  • Representing the applicant in an application to the High Court to prevent the children of the family being taken without consent out of the jurisdiction to Pakistan.
  • Assisting in representing the respondent in a multi-million pound divorce case in the High Court.
  • Representing the respondent in a parental alienation and intractable contact dispute.

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