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About 29 Bedford Row

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.

Chambers & Partners 2020 describes us as a set that has ‘sought-after silks and juniors with valued expertise in both matrimonial finance and children law’ stating: ‘you can be assured you’re getting quality when you go there. They’re trailblazers and there’s not a bad barrister among their ranks. The set nicely balances its depth of talent with an approachable style and level of accessibility’. Legal 500 2020 is in a similar vein, saying we are ‘excellent in every area of family law and at every level of seniority’, and that ‘members are particularly well-known for their work on heavyweight, multi-million matrimonial finance cases’. 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 [2020] UKSC 30, 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 Moher v Moher [2019] EWHC Civ 1482, Lachaux v Lachaux [2019] EWCA Civ 738, 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.

Areas of work

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 topflight 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.

Who should apply?

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. 

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