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Chambers of Alexis Campbell KC and Nicholas Allen KC
29 Bedford Row Chambers
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Family practice, strong bias towards financial remedies. Acted for successful wife in Supreme Court in Wyatt v Vince [2015] UKSC (Strike out, abuse of process, legal costs funding, costs orders) and successful husband in Mils v Mils [2018] UKSC 38. Court of Appeal decisions include Villiers [2022] EWCA 722, Hague Convention and jurisdiction issues, internal relocation (Re R [2016] EWCA 1016), recusal and judicial humour (El Faragy [2007] EWCA 1147), Schedule 1 (Morgan v Hil [2006] EWCA 1602). High Court decisions on jurisdiction (Villiers [2021] EWFC 38), habitual residence (AJ v DM [2019] EWHC 702), Sch 1 applications (F v G [2005] 1 FLR 261) reinstating lump sum claim(Re G [2004] 1 FLR 997), big money footballers (Q v Q [2005] 2 FLR 640), excessive costs (RH v RH [2008] 2 FLR 2142), offshore trusts (B v B [2010] l AER D61 and the Hagen litigation July 2017). Other reported decisions on foreign pensions; enforcement abroad and in UK (Goyal No 3 [2017] EWFC1), injunctions, children cases, professional negligence, inquests etc.


Called 1975 with Blackstone Exhibition; Silk 2002; Head of Chambers 2016-21. Frequent lecturer.
Consultant Editor of FLBA’s magazine, Family Affairs. Contributor to The Supreme Court Yearbook.




Middle Temple Bencher. FLBA.


Marlborough College; University of Wales (1974 LLB).


Wildlife film-maker and photographer; FRGS, C, Zingari RAC, RHS, FZSL, Chelsea Arts Club, Refreshers CC.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Family (including divorce and financial remedy)

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Philip Cayford KC29 Bedford Row Chambers ‘Philip is supremely eloquent and exceptionally sharp in cross-examination.’

29 Bedford Row Chambers is ‘an excellent set’ and ‘the top chamber for family law matters’. The former head of chambers, Philip Cayford KC, is ‘immensely experienced’ and focuses on financial remedy work, specialising in big money divorce, matters involving offshore trusts and TOLATA claims, as well as pre-nuptial and cohabitation agreements. Timothy Scott KC is admired for his ‘clear, concise, and calm approach’ and specialises in international family law, including the impact of European Union law on English family law. ‘Robust and effective advocate’ Jonathan Southgate KC regularly appears in leading, complex and ultra-high net worth financial remedy cases. Leading junior Sally Max is praised for her ‘amazing intellect and advocacy’ while rising star Harry Campbell garners praise for being ‘pragmatic and thinking quickly on his feet’.