Bethan Cowlam

Bethan is an associate in the Serious and General Crime Team. She defends clients in a wide range of criminal matters, including those involving sexual offences, drug offences and offences of violence, dishonesty and public order.

Bethan has particular experience in representing individuals accused of serious sexual offences, including high-profile clients in media-sensitive cases. She has a growing practice representing young clients accused of sexual offences, including in disciplinary proceedings brought by universities.

Bethan also has a growing practice representing individuals subject to private prosecutions, particularly for blackmail and dishonesty offences.

During Bethan’s training at BCL, she was involved in conducting complex corporate investigations in relation to financial crime and serious regulatory breaches. She also assisted in defending individuals and companies facing allegations of environmental offences, health and safety offences (generally following fatal accidents), money laundering and fraud.

Bethan read law at the University of Bristol (first class honours). She joined BCL in 2017 as a paralegal, and commenced her training contract with BCL in September 2019. Bethan was admitted as a solicitor in September 2021.

Professional Memberships:

  • London Criminal Courts Solicitors’ Association (LCCSA)
  • Association of Women Solicitors

What the directories have said:

“Bethan Cowlam is a lawyer to watch in the future.”

Legal 500, 2024

“Bethan is one to watch for the future. She is really hardworking and full of ideas. She is the complete package.”

Chambers UK, 2023