29 Bedford Row Chambers
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Description of chambers
Routinely ranked as one of the top chambers for family law by the major guides to the legal profession, we can justifiably lay claim to being the most modern and dynamic of the top specialist family law sets. Our record of recruitment from amongst our own pupils is second-to-none, and our pupils – both those who are recruited, and those who are not – comment on the thoroughness of the training they receive here, and the friendliness of the set as a place in which to complete their training. As an organisation, our belief, and experience, is that the source of our ongoing success is in our pupils and junior members. The level of our pupillage award and our commitment to the pupillage programme is a testament to the strength of that belief.
Chambers & Partners describes us as a “formidable specialist family set offering strength at every level in proceedings relating to relationship breakdown and children” and continues “it is renowned for its expertise in handling enormous financial disputes for high net worth and high-profile figures”. Legal 500 is in a similar vein, saying we “continue to display strength in depth across the board of big-brained lawyers who can translate complex legal issues into practical, real-world advice”. Recent cases involving members of chambers include the Supreme Court appeals in Mills v Mills  EWCA Civ 129 (judgment not yet handed down), Sharland v Sharland  UKSC 60, and Vince v Wyatt  UKSC 15, the Court of Appeal appeals in Sharp v Sharp  EWCA Civ 408, Hart v Hart  EWCA Civ 1058 and  EWCA Civ 1306 and Bezeliansky v Bezelianskaya  EWCA Civ 76.
Areas of work
At 29BR we offer specialist knowledge at every level of seniority, and in every aspect of family law. Work is largely based in London and the South East, but all members practice nationwide with many practitioners practicing regularly in Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol and the other main regional centres. We boast a strong team of top-flight matrimonial finance practitioners, dealing with domestic and international cases. We have expertise in all aspects of the law relating to children; including child abduction and adoption. In public law cases we act for parents, local authorities and guardians. We also specialise in work arising out of the Civil Partnership Act 2004, TLATA and the Inheritance Act.
Who should apply
If you are interested in pursuing a career at the Bar specialising in family law and practising at the highest level, then 29BR is the ideal choice for you. Applicants should generally have at least an upper second-class degree.
Up to two 12-month pupillages are available annually with awards of up to £35,000. Pupillage will normally be spent with three pupil supervisors and all pupils are encouraged to attend court with other members of chambers in order to gain first-hand experience in all our fields of expertise. Pupils can expect to be in court (and earning) on a regular basis during their second six.
How and when to apply
Chambers is a member of the Bar Council’s Pupillage Gateway. Applications should be submitted in accordance with the Pupillage Gateway timetable.
We offer mini-pupillages. Mini pupils can expect to attend Court, attend conferences and read paperwork whilst shadowing a number of different barristers. To apply please complete the application form on our website.