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29 Bedford Row Chambers - 12 months - October 2021

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:
7 February 2020 at 11:00 AM
Pupillage start date:
October 2021
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
29 Bedford Row is one of the leading family law chambers in the country.

The Chambers and Partners Guide 2020 describes us as a set that ‘has sought-after silks and juniors with valued expertise in both matrimonial finance and children law, who act for a varied client base that includes foreign nationals and high net worth individuals’, that we are ‘trailblazers’ and that we ‘have huge strength and depth, and can offer the instructing solicitor anything from high-profile, well-known silks to highly accomplished baby juniors’. Legal 500 is in a similar vein, saying that we are ‘excellent in every area of family law and at every level of seniority’ and that we have ‘exceptionally strong counsel from the very leading silks through to more junior counsel’ and that we have a ‘crop of very good younger juniors coming through’. 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 Lachaux v Lachaux [2019] EWCA Civ 738, Villiers v Villiers [2018] EWCA Civ 1120, Brack v Brack [2018] EWCA Civ 2862, Sharp v Sharp [2017] EWCA Civ 408, Hart v Hart [2018] EWCA Civ 1058 and [2017] EWCA Civ 1306 and Bezeliansky v Bezelianskaya [2016] EWCA Civ 76.

Our expertise

At 29 Bedford Row 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 on a variety of topics and also participate in conferences/seminars. We are also a leading provider of private dispute resolution.

Up to two 12-month pupillages are available annually with awards of £35,000. 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.

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.