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Chambers of Philip Cayford QC

29 BEDFORD ROW, LONDON, WC1R 4HE, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7404 1044
DX:
1044 LONDON CHANCERY LANE
Email:
Web:
www.29br.co.uk

London Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

29 Bedford Row Chambers has ‘lovely clerks’ and ‘crop of very good younger juniors coming through’. Chambers offers ‘high-quality counsel’ in both private children law proceedings and financial remedy matters. Solicitors find the clerks’ room to be ‘of the highest quality and always very helpful’. ‘When my first choice of counsel is not available the clerks always try their best to assist and offer suitable alternatives where possible,’ said one client. Senior clerk James Shortall is ‘a credit to chambers’. He is ably assisted by ‘excellent’ first junior Julie Holcombe. Hudson Brewer joined Coram Chambers as its new director of clerking. Offices in: London

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Children law (including public and private law)
Children law (including public and private law) - Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

29 Bedford Row Chambers

29 Bedford Row Chambers has ‘plenty of strength throughout’ with ‘exceptionally strong counsel (particularly in respect of children law matters) from the very leading silks through to more junior counsel’, said one client. Members' work encompasses all areas of private children law (including surrogacy and LGBT+ parenting) and also covers public law proceedings often involving the most serious allegations of physical and/or sexual abuse as well as international children issues. Of note, Piers Pressdee QC led the local authority team in complex High Court public children law proceedings that followed the death of a young child in suspicious circumstances.

Leading Silks

Paul Storey QC - 29 Bedford Row ChambersHas the command of the court, his cross-examination of expert witnesses is exceptionally good – he never fails to hit the spot and nail the important point.

Ranked: tier 1

Piers Pressdee QC - 29 Bedford Row ChambersIs a terrific advocate and brilliant at directing the strategy of a complicated case.

Ranked: tier 2

Timothy Scott QC - 29 Bedford Row ChambersIs right at the top of the tree in international cases.

Ranked: tier 2
Leading Juniors

Dafydd Griffiths - 29 Bedford Row ChambersIs extremely well prepared, professional and highly knowledgeable. He is also very good with clients treating them with kindness while managing their expectations.

Ranked: tier 2

Indira Ramsahoye - 29 Bedford Row ChambersHas impeccable judgement – she always knows which arguments to run and where to draw the line.

Ranked: tier 2

Lee Arnot - 29 Bedford Row ChambersHas an incredible forensic mind combined with exceptional advocacy skills.

Ranked: tier 3

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Family (including divorce and financial remedy)
Family (including divorce and financial remedy) - Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

29 Bedford Row Chambers

29 Bedford Row Chambers is a ‘fantastic set with a number of impressive barristers for matrimonial finance’ or, as another client put it, 'it's excellent in every area of family law and at every level of seniority'. Members are particularly well–known for their work on heavyweight, multi-million matrimonial finance cases. In Villiers v VilliersTimothy Scott QC led for the wife at first instance and in the Court of Appeal; the primary question in the dispute centred around whether jurisdiction in relation to maintenance should be with the courts of England and Wales or Scotland. In another instruction, Philip Cayford QC obtained victory for Graham Mills in Mills v Mills, a case concerning periodical payments with the Supreme Court overturned the decision of the Court of Appeal.

Leading Silks

Jonathan Southgate QC - 29 Bedford Row ChambersThe financial silk who everyone wants on their side – hugely in demand and for good reason – an extremely bright and persuasive advocate.

Ranked: tier 1

Philip Cayford QC - 29 Bedford Row ChambersComes with a weight of authority which puts clients at ease and gives clients immense confidence.

Ranked: tier 1

Timothy Scott QC - 29 Bedford Row ChambersIs resourceful, lateral and creative in his arguments.

Ranked: tier 1

Patrick Chamberlayne QC - 29 Bedford Row ChambersIs ferociously smart and is able to reduce a complex case to a few winning points and does not get bogged down in detail.

Ranked: tier 2

Robert Peel QC - 29 Bedford Row ChambersA first choice for complex money – he never fails to deliver.

Ranked: tier 3

Christopher Wagstaffe QC - 29 Bedford Row ChambersIs an accomplished and charismatic advocate who has an easy rapport with clients.

Ranked: tier 4

Howard Shaw QC - 29 Bedford Row ChambersHis main strengths are his court advocacy and ability to explain to clients the most complex of legal issues in plain English.

Ranked: tier 4
2018 Silks

Nicholas Allen QC - 29 Bedford Row ChambersIs fantastic and knows his papers inside and out on every case.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Jonathan Tod - 29 Bedford Row ChambersBrilliantly skilled with his clients and offers a pragmatic approach which is commercial and sustainable.

Ranked: tier 1

Peter Mitchell - 29 Bedford Row ChambersIs an enormously reassuring presence to have on a case – his knowledge of the law is fantastic and he is charming with clients, judges and opponents alike.

Ranked: tier 2

Sally Max - 29 Bedford Row ChambersShe is a rare mix of meticulous, extremely sharp and incredibly kind.

Ranked: tier 2

Max Lewis - 29 Bedford Row ChambersHighly recommended.

Ranked: tier 3

Nicholas Chapman - 29 Bedford Row ChambersWorks very hard and is very numerate.

Ranked: tier 3

Petra Teacher - 29 Bedford Row ChambersShe works well under pressure and deals with matters at a standard above her level of seniority.

Ranked: tier 3

Richard Bates - 29 Bedford Row ChambersIn cross-examination, the opposition cannot see where he is leading them until they are already in his trap.

Ranked: tier 3

Sassa-Ann Amaouche - 29 Bedford Row ChambersBrilliant advocate and always wonderfully prepared.

Ranked: tier 3

Simon Calhaem - 29 Bedford Row ChambersTechnically excellent and not intimidated by any forum, he is a formidable opponent.

Ranked: tier 3

Amber Sheridan - 29 Bedford Row ChambersIs technical, formidable and an utterly reassuring presence for the client to have in their corner.

Ranked: tier 4

Ben Fearnely - 29 Bedford Row ChambersExtremely clever with an excellent grasp of more complex financial matters.

Ranked: tier 4

Helen Williams - 29 Bedford Row ChambersShe is vastly superior to her year of call – she has excellent judgement and is an impressive advocate.

Ranked: tier 4

Laura Heaton - 29 Bedford Row ChambersThorough, personable and robust in court.

Ranked: tier 4

Lucy Owens - 29 Bedford Row ChambersShe inspires confidence and clients rate her as do the judiciary.

Ranked: tier 4

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Offshore
Leading Juniors

Simon Calhaem - 29 Bedford Row ChambersHe can explain complicated issues in a way clients can understand.

Ranked: tier 3

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Set overviews: England and Wales

29 Bedford Row Chambers has ‘lovely clerks’ and ‘crop of very good younger juniors coming through’. Chambers offers ‘high-quality counsel’ in both private children law proceedings and financial remedy matters. Solicitors find the clerks’ room to be ‘of the highest quality and always very helpful’. ‘When my first choice of counsel is not available the clerks always try their best to assist and offer suitable alternatives where possible,’ said one client. Senior clerk James Shortall is ‘a credit to chambers’. He is ably assisted by ‘excellent’ first junior Julie Holcombe. Hudson Brewer joined Coram Chambers as its new director of clerking. Offices in: London

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