Bethany Wright

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Background

Bethany is undertaking a specialist family law pupillage under the supervision of Sarah Evans.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

Bethany describes herself as a slightly later joiner to the Bar and she brings that practical life experience to family law.

Having taken the non-traditional route by initially studying for her English degree (first class), Bethany commenced her career in the education sector for a number of years, where she supported children with SEN, looked after children and literacy attainment. Bethany then completed her masters in qualifying law (with merit) and barrister training (very competent).

Bethany is experienced and familiar with the practicalities of family law, having worked for a children’s charity (NYAS) in the legal and family contact departments. She was promoted a number of times over the years from paralegal to manager of the supervised contact service. Bethany also frequently supported fee earners by drafting legal research.

In response to the covid-19 pandemic, Bethany led the launch of the video contact service for NYAS and implemented a staged approach to safely reintroduce face to face contact during the pandemic for children and their relatives. Bethany was also involved in supporting the introduction of ICFA (Cafcass) for NYAS.

Bethany previously represented NYAS for international women’s day and has been sought out a number of times over the years to represent Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council and LJMU.

 

ADVOCACY EXPERIENCE:

  • For 16 months prior to pupillage, Bethany was a self-employed county court advocate across the North West and South West, with hearings including small claims proceedings for RTAs, contractual disputes and parking charge notices.
  • Bethany also successfully represented a client for an employment support allowance tribunal when she volunteered at Greater Manchester Law Centre during her barrister training.

 

OTHER SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:

Bethany sits as an independent panel member for a foster panel in the North West where she ensures the voice of the child is heard and listened to. She is also a trained civil and commercial mediator (ADR-ODR).

Due to her varied background and adaptable skills developed from working directly with vulnerable children, young people and adults, Bethany appreciates the value of practical experience and a personalised approach, and she applies that mindset to all her endeavours.

Bethany is well suited to life in Devon and enjoys spending time outside exploring the local countryside. She likes day trips out spending time with friends and trawling through historical records relating to family history. She has a keen creative green finger, having previously worked as a florist and enjoys spending some of her free time gardening. Bethany also likes horse riding.

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