Marilyn Bell

Marilyn Bell

Head of the Family Law Team
Partner
St.Albans
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EXPERTISE

I am a family law solicitor specialising in divorce and all the difficulties that arise as a result of relationship breakdown. This includes the resolution of financial disputes and all issues relating to children. For the latter, I represent parents and grandparents, often in complex cases, and have been qualified as a member of the Law Society’s Children Panel for over 14 years.

I am also a trained mediator and a qualified collaborative lawyer, which is a system that promotes the use of non-adversarial techniques to negotiate agreements and settlements without Court proceedings.

KEY EXPERIENCE

  • Divorce
  • Separation
  • Collaborative law
  • High value financial settlements
  • Complex Children Act cases
  • Cohabitation disputes
  • Pre-nuptial and cohabitation agreements

IN GENERAL

  • Member of the Law Society Children Panel
  • Member of the Resolution
  • Member of the Family Mediators Association
  • Accreditation in Advanced Financial Provision and Advocacy Financial Provision
  • Member of Hertfordshire Law Society (President in 2002)
  • Member of the Association of Women Solicitors

Marilyn's Accreditations
SA Law  Children Law Accreditation Logo
Divorce and family law red chair SA Law
Views & Insights
The weirdest things couples fight over in court during divorce

Divorcing couples can divide multi-million-pound assets with ease, only to come to blows over a particular ornament or their cherished pet. Marilyn Bell…

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Divorce and family law red chair SA Law
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Predatory Marriages

Marilyn Bell and Catherine Robson write about the recent Parliamentary disucssion around Predatory Marriage.

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SA Law View and Insights books
Views & Insights
SA Law is delighted to announce success in this year's Directories rankings

We are pleased to share that we have held our position in all our main practice areas in both Chambers & Partners and Legal 500.

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Divorce and family law red chair SA Law
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Do I Have to Re-register My Child’s Birth If I Marry His Father?

Partner and Head of Family, Marilyn Bell writes about the law around re-registering children.

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Marilyn Bell & Julie Gingell at the Herts Digital Awards SA Law
SA Law LLP’s clients single out Marilyn Bell for her ‘innate ability to always put her clients’ needs at the forefront of her work.’
The Legal 500
SA Law Herts Digital Awards best blog
Very calm and efficient, but will make sure that she makes the right points strongly.
Chambers & Partners
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The Reluctant Divorcee: Rebecca's story

Nearly a year on and with 46 blog posts published, 1 award won and over 2,500 regular readers per month, SA Law's Reluctant Divorcee is on the final stage…

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SA Law win double at the Herts Digital Awards

We are delighted to share the news of our double win at the Hertfordshire Digital Awards.

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Divorce and family law red chair SA Law
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The Cost of Childcare

Head of Family, Marilyn Bell considers the rising cost of childcare on Families and the impact during a divorce.

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Divorce and family law red chair SA Law
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Where are we with Pre-Nuptial Agreements?

Partner and Head of Family Law, Marilyn Bell writes about the latest in relation to pre-nuptial agreements.

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'She is very client-focused and works unbelievable hours', a source reports, further praising her as 'friendly, reassuring and always calm.'
Chambers & Partners
Legal 500 2017 Top tier logo
Marilyn Bell ‘provides sound advice with extremely good judgement’.
The Legal 500
SA Law  Chambers & Partners Logo 2016 Top ranked SA Law
Divorce and family law red chair SA Law
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Should there be a new law for Cohabitees?

Partner and Head of Family Law, Marilyn Bell writes about the laws for co-habitees and whether they need updating.

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Divorce and family law red chair SA Law
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Will the Proposed Change in Inheritance Tax affect divorce?

Partner and Head of Family writes about how the potential changes to inheritance tax could affect divorce.

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Divorce and family law red chair SA Law
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GDPR - Experts and Divorce

Partner and Head of Family Law, Marilyn Bell writes about the effects of GDPR on the divorce process.

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Divorce and family law red chair SA Law
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Is a marriage certificate 'just a piece of paper'?

Partner & Head of Family, Marilyn Bell discusses the recent case of Siobhan McLaughlin and the battle over benefits for widows.

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If I wasn’t a lawyer I’d be a teacher
Marilyn Bell hosts SA Law Family Wine Tasting Challenge
I chose law because I wanted to help people through difficult periods in their lives
SA Law Wills trusts and probate red leaves
Divorce and family law red chair SA Law
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Myths of the Common Law Marriage and the need for reform

Partner and Head of Family Law, Marilyn Bell talks about the myths of the common law marriage and the need for reform

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She is amazing. She always gets to the crux of the problem, and she is very approachable and incredibly prompt in her responses.
Chambers & Partners
Divorce and family law red chair SA Law
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Disclosure: No place to hide

Marilyn Bell provides a recap on the duty of financial disclosure, and the remedies available to combat incomplete disclosure, published in Family Law…

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Marilyn Bell is valued for her ‘thoroughness, knowledge of the law and quick response times.’
The Legal 500
Divorce and family law red chair SA Law
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Welcome Simran Gupta

We are delighted to welcome a new team member to our expanding Family law team, Simran Gupta.

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Divorce and family law red chair SA Law
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Unmarried mother wins court battle over benefits for widows

Is it just a piece of paper?

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SA Law welcomes Divorce & Family Law Solicitor Elizabeth Tillyer

We are delighted to introduce you to Elizabeth Tillyer, who has joined our Family Law team.

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Animals and divorce

Marilyn Bell, partner and head of family law, explains various cases which have seen couples agree on the future care for their animals quite amicably.

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Clients appreciate the team's business-oriented and practical approach. 'They are commercial, knowledgeable and client-focused. They are very constructive and pragmatic.'
Chambers & Partners
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The whole team just seemed switched-on. They were empathetic, knowledgeable, approachable and respectful. A pleasure to deal with. I highly recommend them.
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