About 29 Bedford Row
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.
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 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.
Up to two 12-month pupillages are available annually with awards of up to £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 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.