Bethan Hill-Howells

Bethan Hill-Howells

Solicitor
Bath 2 Queen Square Bath BA1 2HQ
Mobile 07787 288548

Solicitor

As part of our Family team, Bethan specialises in guiding clients through complex Children matters as well as Divorce and Financial Remedy proceedings. Bethan focuses on supporting her clients through extremely difficult, and often very emotional child arrangements and financial remedy matters. Bethan’s experience ranges from drafting Divorce Petitions, Cohabitation Agreements through to undertaking and preparing for complex Court proceedings. Bethan places a strong emphasis on being able to work collaboratively with her clients in order to achieve pragmatic and cost-effective solutions. Bethan is experienced in reaching financial settlements as well as agreeing child arrangements. Bethan brings a pragmatic, direct and supportive approach to working with all her clients.

  • Preparing and advising on Cohabitation Agreements and Pre-Nuptial Agreements.
  • Acting and supporting a client through extremely complex Child Arrangements proceedings throughout a number of a hearings, including a Fact-Finding hearing to determine whether allegations of Parental Alienation were to be found as ‘Fact’ or not. The Judge ruled in our client’s favour, finding 5 out of the 6 parental alienation allegations to be deemed as ‘fact’.
  • Acting for a client during complex and urgent court proceedings in a divorce and financial remedies case which included an emergency application for Maintenance Pending Suit payments to financially support the client whilst settlement talks were ongoing as their allowance had been completely cut off.
  • Assisting a client through a full-day Round Table Meeting to agree and determine a complex financial settlement of the parties’ matrimonial assets, which included international property assets and large pension assets.
  • Acting and supporting a client through complex Child Arrangements proceedings which included coercive and controlling behaviour against the children by the other party. Bethan successfully assisted the client to obtain a Section 91(14) Children Act order to prevent the other party from making any further frivolous children act applications to the Court for an extensive period (2 years).
  • Assisted a client through complex Child Arrangements proceedings which included an application for a Prohibited Steps Order with an international element in Russia and Czech Republic.
  • Guiding clients through complex divorce and financial matters.

Bethan’s relevant experience includes:

  • Acting and supporting a client through extremely complex Child Arrangements proceedings throughout several hearings, including a Fact-Finding hearing to determine whether allegations of Parental Alienation were to be found as ‘Fact’ or not. The other party had sought to suggest that these allegations were false and denied all the allegations. After a substantial amount of work (including preparing multiple witness statements, a Schedule of Allegations, supporting bundles of evidence and instructing Counsel) The Judge ruled in our client’s favour, finding 5 out of the 6 parental alienation allegations to be deemed as ‘fact’. This allowed the case to progress further with these allegations now being deemed to have happened and ‘fact’ rather than mere allegations. This was an extremely favourable outcome and the client was extremely happy with the result.
  • Assisting a client through a full-day Round Table Meeting to agree and determine a complex financial settlement of the parties’ matrimonial assets, which included international property assets and large pension assets. The Round Table meeting culminated in months of negotiations with the other party’s solicitors, as well as instructing multiple Experts to value the properties, pensions and even asses our client’s mental health. As a result of the Round Table Meeting, the client secured a 62.5% share of the overall matrimonial assets (which included cash assets, an endowment policy and pensions). This was an extremely favourable result, especially given that the client had not financially contributed to a long marriage. This matter also included an emergency application for Maintenance Pending Suit payments to financially support the client whilst settlement talks were ongoing as their allowance had been completely cut off by the Husband and we were able to successfully secure an interim lump sum payment for our client until a financial settlement had been reached.

"Now that the final order has been submitted to the court, we wanted to say a really big thank you for all you have done. You have been amazing, and we would not have had such a good outcome without you." -