Head of chambers
Mr Nicholas Allen QC, Ms Alexis Campbell QC
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.
Legal 500 describes us as an “amazing set” that “goes from strength to strength in finance work”, stating “the set is praised for its collegiate atmosphere and for having some of the best silks and junior counsel in London – all of whom are highly successful.” Chambers and Partners is in a similar vein, describing us as a set with “demonstrable strength at silk and junior level that assists clients in both children and divorce proceedings” with “sought after” members. Many members, both silks and juniors, are individually listed as leaders in the field.
Recent cases involving members of chambers include the Supreme Court appeals in Villiers v Villiers UKSC 2018/0114, Mills v Mills  UKSC 38, Sharland v Sharland  UKSC 60, and Vince v Wyatt  UKSC 15 and the Court of Appeal appeals in Moher v Moher  EWHC Civ 1482, Lachaux v Lachaux  EWCA Civ 738, Brack v Brack  EWCA Civ 2862, Sharp v Sharp  EWCA Civ 408, Hart v Hart  EWCA Civ 1058 and  EWCA Civ 1306.
We offer specialist knowledge 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 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. Many of our members also act as arbitrators and private judges.
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.
Up to two 12-month pupillages are available with awards of £35,000. Pupillage will normally be spent with three supervisors and all pupils are encouraged to attend court with other members of chambers. Pupils can expect to be in court (and earning) on a regular basis during their second six.
Chambers is a member of the Pupillage Gateway. Applications should be submitted in accordance with the Pupillage Gateway timetable.
We offer mini-pupillages. To apply please complete the application form on our website.