Bartholomew Preston

Trainee Solicitor

Family & Divorce
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Bart is a trainee solicitor at the firm, having previously worked as a child protection researcher and then social worker in London. He was the lead professional in cases involving significant harm to children and has extensive experience within public and private law proceedings in the Family Courts, as well as the Court of Appeal.

Career History

Bart joined Wedlake Bell in September 2022 as a trainee solicitor. He is registered with Social Work England as a children and families social worker.

Between 2008 and 2015 Bart was a Benedictine monk of Downside Abbey, partly based in Rome. As well as completing his theological training, he was involved in improving the monastery and school’s employment and safeguarding policies and procedures. Bart also grew familiar with the management of a substantial charitable trust.

Bart left monastic life to pursue his interests in law and child protection. He has an LLM from the University of London and studied the LPC at the University of Law, Moorgate.


Department for Education, Family Safeguarding Hertfordshire: Evaluation Report (July 2017).

  • The report is accessible here.