Bethany Hardwick

Bethany Hardwick

Call 2014 (Lincoln’s Inn)
Qualifications BCL, Oxford University, (Distinction), BA in Jurisprudence, Oxford University, (First Class) (top of the year in family law and administrative law), BPTC, BPP Law School, (Very Competent)
Memberships Family Law Bar Association, Bar Pro Bono Unit, Lord Denning Society, Lincoln’s Inn
Awards Manches Prize (University of Oxford 2013), The Martin Wronker Prize (University of Oxford 2013), Lord Denning Scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn 2013), Hardwicke Entrance Award (Lincoln’s Inn 2012), 4 New Square Scholarship (University of Oxford 2014), Sunley Scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn 2015), Ruth Deech Prize (St. Anne’s College, University of Oxford 2016), Ely Carter Prize (St. Anne’s College, University of Oxford 2016)


In private law children matters, Beth has experience of applications for all types of orders under the Children Act 1989, including child arrangement orders (contact and residence disputes), specific issue orders and prohibited steps orders. She has experience in handling hostile cases and those with allegations of domestic violence. She also accepts instructions in leave to remove applications.

Beth also accepts public law instructions to represent parents, guardians and local authorities, this includes contested hearings and emergency ex parte applications. She has experience representing those with learning difficulties from her time as a BPP School Exclusions Project member.

Domestic Violence

Beth welcomes instructions in applications for non-molestation and occupation orders from urgent ex parte hearings through to final hearing. She has experience acting in multi-day contested final hearings under Part IV FLA 1996.

Beth also acts in applications for Domestic Violence Protection Orders under the Crime and Security Act 2010.

Beth welcomes instructions to represent at all stages of financial remedy proceedings. She is comfortable handling complex trust structures, pension issues and jurisdictional disputes. She has also represented clients in cases with suspected non-disclosure.

She also gained considerable experience during pupillage in Schedule 1 Children Act 1989 and has completed written advice on the potential interplay between Schedule 1 and the Maintenance Regulation (EC) No. 4/2009.

Beth is willing to advise in conference on potential consensual settlements, and has experience in dealing with Xhydias arguments.

Practice Overview

Beth is a specialist family law barrister, accepting instructions in all aspects of family law including:

  • Financial Remedy Proceedings
  • Schedule 1 Children Act 1989
  • Private law Children Act matters
  • Public law Children Act matters
  • Part IV FLA 1996 (Domestic Violence)
  • ToLATA 1996

Before joining St John’s Chambers Beth completed pupillage at 1 Hare Court in London where she obtained extensive experience in financial remedy proceedings and is comfortable handling complex financial structures and settlements.

Beth is happy to advise in conference or in writing. She is pleased to consider instructions on a pro bono basis in appropriate cases.


Originally from Cornwall, Beth moved to Oxford and thereafter London to complete her legal education and training. She developed her passion for family law and children’s rights as an undergraduate at Oxford where she ultimately finished top in her year for the subject. Beth went on to receive a scholarship enabling her to become a postgraduate at Oxford, submitting a BCL dissertation scrutinizing the courts’ treatment of Gillick competent children refusing medical treatment. This has given her a strong knowledge in the areas where family law and medical law overlap. She also spent her time as a postgraduate studying equality law and anti-discrimination mechanisms across the UK, EU, India and Canada. This included consideration of equal marriage rights and rights to a family/private life.

Throughout her training Beth has provided pro bono advice and representation on a range of private children and school exclusion matters. She has also worked as a children’s rights research assistant, exploring whether children have rights specific to them as children.

Beth is a keen legal commentator and contributor to Jordan’s Family Law Online.