29 Bedford Row Chambers
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Description of chambers
29 Bedford Row is one of the leading family law chambers in the country. The Chambers and Partners Guide 2017 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” and that we are a “go to set that always has someone perfect for the job”. 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 Sharland v Sharland  UKSC 60, and Vince v Wyatt  UKSC 15, the Court of Appeal appeals in Sharp v Sharp  EWCA Civ 408, and Hart v Hart  EWCA Civ 1306 and Bezeliansky v Bexelianskaya  EWCA Civ 76 in other courts: FF v KF  EWHC 1093 (fam), Appleton & Gallagher v News Group Newspapers and PA  EWHC 2689 (Fam), SA v PA (pre-marital agreement: compensation)  EWHC 392, Shield v Shield  EWHC 23 (Fam), BN v MA  EWHC 4250 (Fam) and V v V (Prenuptial Agreement)  1 FLR 1315. Philip Cayford QC on behalf of the wife has been granted permission to appeal to the Supreme Court in Mills v Mills  EWCA Civ 129.
At 29 Bedford Row 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 and the other main regional centres.
We boast a strong team of top-flight ancillary relief 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.
Many members of chambers sit in a part-time judicial capacity as deputy district judges, deputy High Court judges and recorders. Several members contribute to the leading texts, write articles and lecture or broadcast on a variety of topics and also chair and participate in conferences and seminars. Chambers’ own seminar series - 29 Bedford Row Seminars - are a highly-regarded and well-attended series of lectures undertaken by members of chambers and aimed at solicitors and other practitioners. Pupils are always encouraged to attend.
We are the first set of chambers to provide an active practice group of 18 collaboratively trained barristers, who are trained to act either as jointly instructed experts or by way of sole instruction. We are also a leading provider of private dispute resolution.
Up to two 12-month pupillages are available annually with awards of up to £35,000. Applicants are expected to have an upper second class degree. 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 on a regular basis during their second six.
Chambers operates an equal opportunities policy. There are no age restrictions for applying for pupillage in these chambers. Chambers has no preference between candidates with law or non-law degrees and we appreciate that applicants who have not read law at university may only have limited experience of law as an academic discipline when they apply for pupillage.
How and when to apply
Pupillage contact: Charlotte Trace, mini-pupillage contact: Emily Page. Mini-pupillages are available during term-time only. Students visits are not available. Chambers is a member of Pupillage Gateway. Chambers operates an equal opportunities policy.