Bethan Davies

Called 2017

About

Bethan has a busy junior employment and personal injury practice. She is currently seeking to develop her work in inquests, clinical negligence and education law.

 

“Bethan is friendly, detailed and thorough.”

 

Bethan joined Chambers in 2020 following the successful completion of her pupillage under the supervision of Elizabeth Hodgson and Dominic Bayne.

 

Bethan graduated from Newcastle University in 2016 with first class honours and went on to complete the BPTC in Leeds, gaining outstanding grades in a number of modules. In 2018 Bethan graduated from UCL with an LLM (distinction). Bethan focussed her LLM on international law and whilst studying advised clients in immigration and asylum matters. Bethan’s LLM thesis analysed the relationship between the provision of abortion and the European Charter of Human Rights, a response to the Supreme Court decision of In Re Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission [2018] UKSC 27. During her masters year Bethan worked pro-bono for a number of charities completing family reunification applications.

 

Prior to commencing pupillage, Bethan worked as a County Court Advocate: taking instructions from clients in a range of civil matters including infant approvals, landlord and tenant disputes and bankruptcy proceedings.

 

Bethan has a particular interest in personal injury, clinical negligence and employment law.

 

 

Areas of Expertise

Bethan completed her pupillage under the supervision of the Head of PLP’s Employment Team, Dominic Bayne. Bethan’s excellent academic background and post-graduate study of equality law provide a strong foundation to her employment practice.

 

Bethan accepts instructions from both Claimants and Respondents in final and preliminary hearings. As well as a busy tribunal practice, Bethan frequently drafts pleadings and advises in a wide range of employment matters.

 

Bethan has advised and acted in claims pertaining to:

 

  • Various forms of direct and indirect discrimination
  • Victimisation
  • Unfair dismissal (including constructive dismissal)
  • Breach of contract
  • Unlawful deduction from wages
  • Flexible working applications

Bethan is a capable junior with a busy civil practice, she is approachable and detail orientated. Bethan is happy to accept instructions on behalf of local authorities, governing bodies of all schools, colleges and universities and individuals. Bethan is enthusiastic about developing her Education Law practice.

Bethan completed the first three months for her pupillage under the supervision of Elizabeth Hodgson and drafted a wide range of legal documents for clinical negligence matters, including: particulars of claim, defences, advices, and counter-schedules.

 

Bethan is a member of the PLP clinical negligence team and is keen to develop her practice in this area.

Bethan completed the first three months for her pupillage under the supervision of Elizabeth Hodgson, during which she gained experience of inquests. Bethan is a member of the PLP inquests team and is keen to develop her practice in this area.

Bethan has a busy personal injury practice and is regularly instructed in a wide range of road traffic accidents, including personal injury claims, credit hire, and LVI cases.

 

Bethan’s fast track practice also includes employers and public liability claims, where she frequently drafts pleadings, and advises on liability and quantum. Bethan provides clear and succinct advice within short timescales.

 

Bethan accepts instructions for civil applications and has experience in a wide range of applications, including strike out, set aside, and allocation hearings. Bethan is familiar with the rules of the Low Value Personal Injury Portal and frequently accepts instructions in applications arising from the operation of the Protocol and Practice Direction.

 Bethan has an extensive credit hire practice on behalf of both Claimants and Defendants. Bethan is very familiar with the issues credit hire entails – enforceability, impecuniosity, intervention letters, and generally matters relating to mitigation.

Bethan has an extensive credit hire practice on behalf of both Claimants and Defendants. Bethan is very familiar with the issues credit hire entails – enforceability, impecuniosity, intervention letters, and generally matters relating to mitigation.

Third Party Costs Order for Medical Expert Deemed 'Not Generally Competent as an Expert': Thimmaya v Lancashire NHS Foundation Trust", The Expert Witness Journal, Issue 31 Spring 2020.   "Reasonable Practicability: Too much to Ask?", Personal Injury Law Journal, April 2020.

University College London, LLM Human Rights Law, 2018, Distinction BPP Leeds, BPTC, 2017, Very Competent Newcastle University, LLB, 2016, First Class Honours (2nd in year)

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