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29 Bedford Row Chambers - 12 months - October 2023

AETO information
Name of AETO:
29 Bedford Row
Head of AETO:
Alexis Campbell QC and Nicholas Allen QC
Address of AETO:
29 Bedford Row
London
WC1R 4HE
AETO's email:
AETO's website address:
Main practice area:
Family
Practice areas:
Family
Specialist services:
Arbitration; Mediation; Public Access Work
Circuits:
London; South eastern
Tenants:
62
Number of junior tenancies (in the last three years):
Four
Pupillage vacancy information
Number of pupillages:
Two
Financial support level:
£30,000 - £39,999
Closing date:
9 February 2022 at 2:00 PM
Pupillage start date:
October 2023
Pupillage type:
12 month pupillage
Reference:
10737/21/2240
Description
29 Bedford Row is one of the leading family law chambers in the country. 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 sets.

The Legal 500 describes us as a 'first-class set” with “a very modern approach” and a reputation for being “a force to be reckoned with at the family Bar”. Chambers & 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 in both directories.

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 practise nationwide with many appearing regularly in Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol and the other main regional centres, as well as further afield in the leading off-shore jurisdictions. 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, TOLATA 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.

Recent cases involving members of chambers include the Supreme Court appeals in Villiers v Villiers UKSC 2018/0114, 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 Rothschild v De Souza [2020] EWCA Civ 1215, Moher v Moher [2019] EWHC Civ 1482, Lachaux v Lachaux [2019] EWCA Civ 738, Brack v Brack [2018] EWCA Civ 2862, Hart v Hart [2018] EWCA Civ 1058 and [2017] EWCA Civ 1306, and Sharp v Sharp [2017] EWCA Civ 408.

PUPILLAGE

Up to two 12-month pupillages are available with awards of £35,000 plus a pupil's earnings in their second six. Ordinarily, 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.

If you are interested in pursuing a career at the Bar specialising in family law and practising at the highest level then 29 Bedford Row is the ideal choice for you.
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)