A conversation with Amy Beddis, Family Law Barrister at 3PBBarristers
Together with 3PB Barristers, we are excited to be hosting a Private Children Law Conference at the Bristol Harbour Hotel and Spa on 28th February, 13:30 to 17:00. The half-day conference will connect specialists and practitioners working in this field, focusing on the latest procedural and legal developments within private children law and practical tips from a selection of speakers.
In the run-up to the Private Children Law Conference, we sat down with speaker Amy Beddis, a specialist Family Lawyer at 3PB Barristers.
- What is your role and experience?
I am a specialist family law barrister with six years’ Post-Qualified Experience. I am a member of 3PB Chambers, the fourth largest Chambers in the country, which has 72 members of its family law team led by Vanessa Meachin QC.
At 3PB we work on cases nationally from our six regional centres. Throughout my career I have practised civil and criminal law as well as family law. Both have helped me with fact-finds, witness handling skills and co-habitation claims, amongst other skills. My current practice focuses on private law child matters and financial proceedings.
- What was your route into law?
I read law at Plymouth University, and when I graduated I took a break from the industry and went to work in the third sector for around two years. Thereafter I worked for a number of organisations, including national government and a well-known trade association.
During my time working in the civil service I studied for my Bar part time. I then gained pupillage some three years later at College Chambers where I then spent four years, and then left to join 3PB shortly after returning to work after having my son.
For me, the non-conventional route has really helped my practice. Gaining some life experience and working in different fields has provided me with a good foundation as a family law specialist.
- What’s the most rewarding part of your job?
The most rewarding part of private law children work is achieving an outcome which is positive for the children involved in the case. I pride myself on making the court experience less daunting for clients, and I feel privileged to receive feedback from client’s saying how they felt I put them at ease.
- What attracted you to work in family law?
I wanted to practice in an area of law which involved people and giving practical advice. It is such a personal area of law, which has a huge impact on people’s everyday lives. It is an area where you can really make a difference, even if that is simply making the process easier for clients to manage.
- What will you be covering in your talk at the Private Law Conference?
I will be discussing the issues affecting the area of private law children work and focusing on what is relevant to us as everyday practitioners.
- Are there any particular trends you are seeing in cases concerning children?
There are a greater number of cases with allegations of domestic abuse, and concerns regarding parental alienation. It is so important that from the first hearing that these issues are addressed properly.
- What do you hope practitioners take away from the conference?
As well as gleaning practical tips and advice to take away this conference is an excellent opportunity to catch up with peers. This is important not only for people to talk about current issues, workloads etc. but also for just being able to have a catch up with familiar faces. As a lawyer, you never stop learning and I would hope that every attendee takes away something they can use within their own practices.
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