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29 Bedford Row Chambers - 12 months - October 2020

Chambers information
Name of chambers:
29 Bedford Row
Head of Chambers:
Philip Cayford QC
Address of chambers:
29 Bedford Row
Chambers email:
Chambers website address:
Main practice area:
Practice areas:
Specialist services:
Arbitration; Mediation; Public access work
Number of junior tenancies (in the last three years):
Pupillage vacancy information
Number of pupillages:
Awards available:
Financial support level:
£30,000 - £39,999
Closing date:
11 February 2019 at 11:00 AM
Pupillage start date:
October 2020
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
29 Bedford Row is one of the leading family law chambers in the country. We were recently awarded Chambers and Partners' 'Family Set of the Year 2018'.

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 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. We are also a leading provider of private dispute resolution.

The Chambers and Partners Guide 2018 describes us as "one of the best for private finance work" with "especially bright and hardworking juniors" and continues "while predominately a matrimonial finances set it really punches about its weight with some excellent children law specialists." Legal 500 is in a similar vein, saying we draw acclaim for our "strength across a wide variety of complex financial mattes and private and public children law disputes. Members are comfortable acting for high-profile and high net worth individuals in jurisdiction disputes, and cases involving offshore trusts and assets. This international expertise is also reflected on the children side, with barristers boasting experience in abduction and relocation cases as well as domestic public law matters." 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 Mills v Mills [2018] UKSC 38, Sharland v Sharland [2015] UKSC 60, and Vince v Wyatt [2015] UKSC 15 and the Court of Appeal appeals in Sharp v Sharp [2017] EWCA Civ 408, and Hart v Hart [2018] EWCA Civ 1058 and [2017] EWCA Civ 1306 and Bezeliansky v Bezelianskaya [2016] EWCA Civ 76 and in other courts: FF v KF [2017] EWHC 1093 (fam), Appleton & Gallagher v News Group Newspapers and PA [2015] EWHC 2689 (Fam), SA v PA (pre-marital agreement: compensation) [2014] EWHC 392, Shield v Shield [2014] EWHC 23 (Fam), BN v MA [2013] EWHC 4250 (Fam) and V v V (Prenuptial Agreement) [2012] 1 FLR 1315.

Up to two 12-month pupillages are available with an award of £35,000 for each pupil. Applicants are expected to have at least 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 (and earning) 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.

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.
Application Questions

The following questions will form the Pupillage Application Questionnaire section of the application form for this pupillage vacancy. These are included here to allow you to prepare in advance.

  1. BC1: Why do you believe you will make a good barrister? In your answer, please identify any relevant experiences or skills that you believe may help you in your career (200 words)
  2. BC2: Why do you want to join our chambers? In your answer, please give reasons for your choice of chambers and explain why you are interested in our areas of practice (200 words)
  3. Discuss a recent family law case (from the last 12 months) that interested you. (200 words)
How to apply
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form.