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Chambers of Alexis Campbell QC and Nicholas Allen QC
29 Bedford Row Chambers

Family (including divorce and financial remedy) Tier 1

With a reputation for being 'a force to be reckoned with at the family Bar', 29 Bedford Row Chambers is a 'first-class set in financial remedy cases' with 'great strength in depth'. The 'outstanding' Philip Cayford QC is 'at the top of his game', and is well known for appearing before the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court in high-profile cases. Jonathan Southgate QC is a 'phenomenal strategist',  and is sought after for his expertise in handling complex, ultra-high-net worth financial remedy cases. Timothy Scott QC regularly acts in cases with international aspects, including foreign marriages and divorces, and advises on international pre- and post-nuptial agreements. The 'very bright' Harry Campbell 'has a wise head on his shoulders', and is a new entrant in this year's rising stars category.

Rising stars

Harry Campbell - 29 Bedford Row ChambersA very confident, brilliant junior.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Philip Cayford QC - 29 Bedford Row ChambersA class act. His courtroom skills are superb. A tenacious negotiator who is well prepared and persuasive.
Ranked: Tier 1
Timothy Scott QC - 29 Bedford Row ChambersHe is exceptionally calm and collaborative, and a reassuring presence to the most difficult of clients.
Ranked: Tier 1
Jonathan Southgate QC - 29 Bedford Row ChambersJonathan is at the top of his game: a highly intelligent, personable and extremely persuasive advocate who knows his case inside out. Judges listen to him and respect him.
Ranked: Tier 1
Patrick Chamberlayne QC - 29 Bedford Row ChambersA razor-sharp, erudite and illustrious silk. Clients adore him.
Ranked: Tier 2
Nicholas Allen QC - 29 Bedford Row ChambersNicholas assimilates every fact and nuance of a case, and provides clients with clear, helpful advice. He inspires confidence in his instructing solicitors.
Ranked: Tier 3
Alexis Campbell QC - 29 Bedford Row ChambersAn outstanding silk. She has an incredible ability to make clients feel at ease and supported, and is a fierce yet charming advocate in the court room.
Ranked: Tier 3
Howard Shaw QC - 29 Bedford Row ChambersA razor-sharp litigator, who combines an encyclopaedic knowledge of family law with charm and charisma.
Ranked: Tier 4
Christopher Wagstaffe QC - 29 Bedford Row ChambersA shrewd tactician and a force to be reckoned with in court.
Ranked: Tier 4

2020 Silks

Peter Mitchell QC - 29 Bedford Row ChambersA silk at the top of his game. He always prepares meticulously and brings the perfect combination of wit, charm and pure intellect to the table.

Leading Juniors

Sally Max - 29 Bedford Row ChambersShe is ferociously intelligent, with unfailing forensic knowledge of the papers and the issues in a case.
Ranked: Tier 1
Jonathan Tod - 29 Bedford Row ChambersHis advocacy skills are first-class; his client care is superb; his advice is clear and concise.
Ranked: Tier 1
Helen Williams - 29 Bedford Row ChambersHelen is clever, charming, meticulous, eloquent and persuasive. A first-rate advocate. Clients love her.
Ranked: Tier 2
Sassa-Ann Amaouche - 29 Bedford Row ChambersHer strategic skills are invaluable and it is clear that everything she does has the long term aim in sight.
Ranked: Tier 3
Richard Bates - 29 Bedford Row ChambersRichard is a very experienced practitioner who shows great dedication to his clients.
Ranked: Tier 3
Simon Calhaem - 29 Bedford Row ChambersA very bright and effective junior, who develops a good rapport with clients and judges.
Ranked: Tier 3
Nicholas Chapman - 29 Bedford Row ChambersHe is tenacious, direct, and inspires the confidence of clients and solicitors by arming himself with shield and sword when necessary to fight his client’s corner.
Ranked: Tier 3
Max Lewis - 29 Bedford Row ChambersA dynamic advocate, both on paper and on his feet.
Ranked: Tier 3
Petra Teacher - 29 Bedford Row ChambersA robust and astute advocate who fights hard for her clients.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ben Fearnley - 29 Bedford Row ChambersBen is tactically brilliant, with a forensic mind and eager eye for detail. His preparation is flawless, and he always ensures that the client feels at ease.
Ranked: Tier 4
Conor Fee - 29 Bedford Row ChambersA strong, pragmatic and extremely user-friendly finance practitioner.
Ranked: Tier 4
Victoria Francis - 29 Bedford Row ChambersVictoria is solution focused and accessible. Her realistic and pragmatic approach to cases instils confidence in clients, solicitors, and judges alike.
Ranked: Tier 4
Anthony Geadah - 29 Bedford Row Chambers 'Anthony is a confident barrister, and his advocacy is solid and persuasive.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Laura Heaton - 29 Bedford Row ChambersLaura is well-liked by clients, who admire her clear, efficient and realistic advice.
Ranked: Tier 4
Lucy Owens - 29 Bedford Row ChambersA compelling advocate. She is incredibly bright and always meticulously prepared. She is wonderful with clients yet firm when providing them with clear, practical and pragmatic advice.
Ranked: Tier 4
Amber Sheridan - 29 Bedford Row ChambersA tenacious advocate with an eye for detail and excellent judgement.
Ranked: Tier 4
Charlotte Trace - 29 Bedford Row ChambersA very polished advocate, who has a fantastic ability to assimilate detail and present it in the best possible way for her client and the case.
Ranked: Tier 4



‘A top set with many stand out individuals.

‘Strong throughout on divorce finance work, and clearly one of the leading chambers for such work.

I always use 29 Bedford Row because of its breadth of knowledge, quality of advice and extent of personalities which means I can always offer my clients the right fit.’


Well led from the front by James Shortall.’

‘James Shortall and his team are very supportive and constructive.’

Absolutely first-class. Senior clerk James Shortall and First Junior Julie Holcombe run a very slick operation. They know their barristers’ diaries like the back of their hands and are in the unique position of being able to give solicitors authoritative advice in relation to their fees and availability.’

High quality clerks – super responsive and flexible.

James Shortall is a natural born organiser.

Children law (including public and private law) Tier 3

29 Bedford Row Chambers is a ‘brilliant and first-class set for both finance and children.’ The ‘tactically astutePaul Storey QC is highly recommended. Its work spans both private children law and public law proceedings. The set has an ‘amazing team with a good cross section of juniors.’ Christopher Butterfield  is acting for the Metropolitan Police Service in the IICSA, and Indira Ramsahoye  is known for child relocation and abduction cases.

Leading Silks

Paul Storey QC - 29 Bedford Row ChambersFirst-class for cases of alleged non-accidental injury. The best there is.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Indira Ramsahoye - 29 Bedford Row ChambersA consummate children lawyer with a real empathy for the child and where the real-life solution lies. Brilliant with clients and without doubt a star of the specialist children Bar.
Ranked: Tier 1
Dafydd Griffiths - 29 Bedford Row ChambersAs an experienced practitioner in both private and public law, Dafydd has an excellent grasp of the law and strategy to assist clients at all levels. He is able to get the client to open up about their problems, so that they can give clear instructions to enable him to advise them yet keeping the client at ease and remain confident in him.
Ranked: Tier 2
Lee Arnot - 29 Bedford Row ChambersAbsolutely brilliant on children law and so calm and astute. He can make anyone feel so re-assured. A brilliant tactician and great to work with. An amazing advocate reads the court so well.
Ranked: Tier 3
Christopher Butterfield - 29 Bedford Row ChambersChristopher takes pride in his preparation, which is always meticulous. He will do all that he can to achieve a settlement without recourse to the court arena, but will fight his clients corner. He is strategic and appears one step, if not two steps, ahead of his opponent. Tenacious once in court. Well capable in any level of court, leaving no stone unturned.
Ranked: Tier 5



’29 Bedford Row offers a very broad selection of highly competent barristers, across both financial and children work who we instruct regularly. I have always found each barrister to be highly knowledgeable. It also offers excellent free training which is well received across the market.’

‘One of the few sets offering comprehensive money and private client advice/representation across all levels.’

It is a fabulous set of chambers. now with a very modern approach.’

’29 Bedford Row has an amazing array of practitioners in all areas of family law. I have used it for a number of years successfully.’

‘I always use 29 Bedford Row because of its breadth of knowledge, quality of advice and extent of personalities which means I can always offer my clients the right fit.’


‘The head clerk James Shortall is amazing and extremely accommodating. He thinks outside of the box and tries to meet the solicitor’s demands as well as he can. All of the clerking team is really approachable and will try and be flexible. The clerks really get to know the instructing solicitors so they get to know how they work.

Strong clerking team ably led by James Shortall.’

‘James Shortall is superb at running his team of clerks.’

Excellent, especially James Shortall and Julie Holcombe.’

‘The clerks are some of the best across the chambers we use. They are always very accommodating and very pleasant to deal with. They cannot do enough to help and the service is very good.


Leading Juniors

Simon Calhaem - 29 Bedford Row ChambersSimon's impressive intellect and considerable experience are evident in each instruction, bringing reassurance and inspiring confidence in clients.
Ranked: Tier 3

29 Bedford Row Chambers is committed to providing its clients with an effective and efficient legal service. It operates from three magnificent Grade II listed buildings in the heart of legal London, providing top of the range AV conference suites for consultations and remote or hybrid court hearings.

The set: Bedford Row Chambers comprises of 60 barristers including eleven silks. The Set is rated among the leading family law chambers with more than half of members rated as leaders in their field in the 2020/21 editions of the Bar directories.

Types of work undertaken:  Chambers offers specialist expertise at every level of seniority in all aspects of family law including matrimonial finance, children (both public and private law), child abduction, cohabitation law, domestic violence and representation under the Civil Partnership and Inheritance Acts. Chambers is renowned for providing some of the best advocates at the Bar and tough negotiators. Many members have been appointed to sit as deputy High Court judges, recorders and deputy district judges, have qualified as Family Law Arbitrators or mediators, and/or have trained as collaborative lawyers. Many members of Chambers also chair private FDRs and Early Neutral Evaluation hearings. The Set also offers Direct Access services.

Chambers organises a comprehensive seminar programme for judges, solicitors and trainees. Members of chambers appear in courts around the country and internationally. Chambers has dedicated conference suites, but members will travel to see clients wherever necessary.

Administration: Chambers is served by nine full time clerks and also has two dedicated fees clerks, allowing work to be processed quickly and efficiently. The clerks’ room is open between 8.30 a.m. and 7.00 p.m., but emergency contact is always available outside that time. The clerking is praised for its efficient, friendly and commercial approach.

For information about the work of chambers generally, or the practice of individual members of chambers in particular, please contact the Senior Clerk, James Shortall, or visit the website.


Department Name Email Telephone
Senior clerk James Shortall
Clerks Julie Holcombe
Clerks Ben Cross
Clerks Jamie Critchell
Clerks Steve Pickin (fees)
Chambers administrator Nicola Kessell
Members of Chambers CAMPBELL QC, Alexis (1990) (QC 2017)
Members of Chambers ALLEN QC, Nicholas (1995) (QC 2018)
Members of Chambers SCOTT QC, Timothy (1975) (QC 1995)
Members of Chambers STOREY QC, Paul (1982) (QC 2001)
Members of Chambers CAYFORD QC, Philip (1975) (QC 2002)
Members of Chambers CHAMBERLAYNE QC, Patrick (1992) (QC 2010)
Members of Chambers SHAW QC, Howard (1973) (QC 2011)
Members of Chambers WAGSTAFFE QC, Christopher (1992) (QC 2011)
Members of Chambers SOUTHGATE QC, Jonathan (1992) (QC 2013)
Members of Chambers MOLYNEUX QC, Brent (1994) (QC 2017)
Members of Chambers MITCHELL QC, Peter (1996) (QC 2020)
Members of Chambers DUCKWORTH, Peter (1971)
Members of Chambers RENTON, The Hon Clare (1972)
Members of Chambers SWIFT, Jonathan (1977)
Members of Chambers RAMSAHOYE, Indira (1980)
Members of Chambers WEHRLE, Jacqueline (1984)
Members of Chambers WALDEN-SMITH, David (1985)
Members of Chambers EMANUEL, Mark (1985)
Members of Chambers REYNOLDS, Stephen (1987)
Members of Chambers STOREY-REA, Alexa (1990)
Members of Chambers CHAPMAN, Nicholas (1990)
Members of Chambers ARNOT, Lee (1990)
Members of Chambers WENTWORTH, Annabel (1990)
Members of Chambers TOD, Jonathan (1990)
Members of Chambers MAX, Sally (1991)
Members of Chambers BATES, Richard (1992)
Members of Chambers DOMENGE, Victoria (1993)
Members of Chambers BUTLER, Judith (1993)
Members of Chambers AMIRAFTABI, Roshi (1993)
Members of Chambers COLLINS, Ken (1996)
Members of Chambers AMAOUCHE, Sassa-Ann (1996)
Members of Chambers GRIFFITHS, Dafydd (1997)
Members of Chambers OWENS, Lucy (1997)
Members of Chambers HEATON, Laura (1998)
Members of Chambers BLACK, Georgina (1999)
Members of Chambers CALHAEM, Simon (1999)
Members of Chambers GEADAH, Anthony (2000)
Members of Chambers FRANCIS, Victoria (2001)
Members of Chambers FEARNLEY, Ben (2001)
Members of Chambers LEWIS, Max (2002)
Members of Chambers BUTTERFIELD, Christopher (2004)
Members of Chambers CADE DAVIES, Lynsey (2005)
Members of Chambers BENNETT, Nicholas (2005)
Members of Chambers TAMBLING, Richard (2005)
Members of Chambers TEACHER, Petra (2006)
Members of Chambers FEE, Conor (2006)
Members of Chambers WILLIAMS, Helen (2007)
Members of Chambers SHERIDAN, Amber (2008)
Members of Chambers ERIERA, Anton (2010)
Members of Chambers FINCH, James (2011)
Members of Chambers LONG, Matthew (2011)
Members of Chambers FOSTER, Miriam (2011)
Members of Chambers PULLEN, James (2012)
Members of Chambers TRACE, Charlotte (2012)
Members of Chambers PAGE, Emily (2012)
Members of Chambers SWITALSKI, Joseph (2014)
Members of Chambers COOPER, James (2014)
Members of Chambers CAMPBELL, Harry (2017)
Members of Chambers TAIT, Philip (2018)
Members of Chambers HUGHES PUGH, Yasmin (2020)
Photo Name Position Profile
 Nicholas Allen  photo Nicholas Allen Matrimonial finance, civil partnerships, co-habitation. Reported cases – MT v OT (No…
 Sassa-Ann Amaouche  photo Sassa-Ann Amaouche Practice primarily focuses on financial remedy proceedings. A particular expertise in cases…
 Roshi Amiraftabi  photo Roshi Amiraftabi Almost exclusively in the field of children law. Private law children involving…
 Lee Arnot  photo Lee Arnot All aspects of family law including public and private law applications under…
 Richard Bates  photo Richard Bates Matrimonial finance, particularly interested in farming cases. Cases include: Haskell v Haskell…
 Georgina Black  photo Georgina Black Family, matrimonial property and finance, private law children and cohabitation disputes.  Tenacious,…
 Judith Butler  photo Judith Butler Judith has a significant practice in matrimonial finance and the financial consequences…
 Christopher Butterfield  photo Christopher Butterfield Barrister who practises across the full range of family law work with…
 Lynsey Cade Davies  photo Lynsey Cade Davies All aspects of family law including financial provision on the breakdown of…
 Simon Calhaem  photo Simon Calhaem Simon specialises in complex high value financial work, including matrimonial finance, inheritance…
 Alexis Campbell photo Alexis Campbell Alexis is joint Head of Chambers and a specialist in HNW matrimonial…
 Philip Cayford photo Philip Cayford Family practice, strong bias towards financial remedies. Acted for successful wife in…
 Patrick Chamberlayne photo Patrick Chamberlayne Barrister specialising in Financial Remedy, Private Law Children Applications, Inheritance Act Claims…
 Nick Chapman  photo Nick Chapman Principal area of practice is Financial Remedy Applications including Financial Provision for…
 Ken Collins  photo Ken Collins Barrister practising in a broad range of private family work and whilst…
 James Cooper  photo James Cooper Practice encompasses the full spectrum of financial remedy and private children proceedings,…
 Victoria Domenge  photo Victoria Domenge Family Law with particular expertise in matrimonial finance and private law children…
 Peter Duckworth  photo Peter Duckworth Peter specialises in ‘heavy duty’ financial claims, particularly those involving businesses, landed…
 Mark Emanuel  photo Mark Emanuel All areas of Family Law with particular expertise in high net worth…
 Anton Eriera  photo Anton Eriera
 Ben Fearnley  photo Ben Fearnley Practice encompasses all of the financial aspects of relationship breakdown, including divorce,…
 Conor Fee  photo Conor Fee Specialising in matrimonial finance and related claims on the breakdown of marriage…
 James Finch  photo James Finch Instructed across all areas of family law. He advises and represents clients…
 Miriam Foster  photo Miriam Foster Iinstructed in all areas of family law work; she represents clients in…
 Victoria Francis  photo Victoria Francis Practises in all areas of family law, with a particular emphasis on…
 Anthony Geadah  photo Anthony Geadah An experienced specialist in matrimonial finance and related matters. Anthony’s practice encompasses…
 Dafydd Griffiths  photo Dafydd Griffiths A child care practitioner with expertise in all areas of both public…
 Laura Heaton  photo Laura Heaton Matrimonial finance, Schedule 1 Children Act 1989, cohabitation disputes under Trusts of…
 Yasmin Hughes Pugh  photo Yasmin Hughes Pugh Instructed on cases across all areas of family law, with a particular…
 Max Lewis  photo Max Lewis Practice covers all issues of Family Law, with a particular emphasis on…
 Matthew Long  photo Matthew Long Instructed in all areas of family law work; he represents clients in…
 Sally Max  photo Sally Max Family finance, particularly involving financial complexity arising from substantial assets; complex pension…
 Peter Mitchell  photo Peter Mitchell All aspects of the law governing financial relationships between family members, including…
 Brent Molyneux photo Brent Molyneux Matrimonal finance. Notable cases include: ABX v SBX [2018] EWFC 81 (Fam);…
 Lucy Owens  photo Lucy Owens Lucy specialises in all financial aspects of relationship breakdown. Reported cases include…
 Emily Page  photo Emily Page Practice covers all areas of family law, with a particular focus on…
 James Pullen  photo James Pullen Instructed across the full spectrum of family law work. He regularly advises…
 Indira Ramsahoye  photo Indira Ramsahoye International law relating to children in particular child abduction, jurisdictional disputes, both…
 Clare Renton  photo Clare Renton Broad experience and interest. A particular emphasis on family law cases with…
 Stephen Reynolds  photo Stephen Reynolds Primarily Family Finance with considerable experience in Financial Remedies, Matrimonial Finance, Financial…
 Timothy Scott photo Timothy Scott Leading specialist in international family law including EU Regulations, jurisdiction and forum…
 Howard Shaw photo Howard Shaw All aspects of family law. Among reported cases are Rapp v Sarre…
 Amber Sheridan  photo Amber Sheridan Matrimonial Finance; Financial Provision for Children; Pre and post-nuptial agreements; Civil Partnerships;…
 Jonathan Southgate photo Jonathan Southgate Financial Remedy specialist. Recent cases include : Christoforou -v- Christoforou [2020] EWHC…
 Paul Storey photo Paul Storey Family law: Public Law, all areas including appeals CoA and Supreme Court.…
 Alexa Storey-rea  photo Alexa Storey-rea Practises in the field of children law, the majority of public law…
 Jonathan Swift  photo Jonathan Swift Barrister specialising in financial remedies, child abduction and leave to remove, child…
 Joseph  Switalski  photo Joseph  Switalski Practice covers the full range of family law issues with a particular…
 Philip Tait  photo Philip Tait Specialises in matrimonial finance, cohabitation claims, financial provision for children and private…
 Richard Tambling  photo Richard Tambling Richard handles all aspects of financial remedies including matrimonial finance and Schedule…
 Petra Teacher  photo Petra Teacher All areas of Family Law with a particular emphasis on matrimonial finance,…
 Jonathan Tod  photo Jonathan Tod Matrimonial finance and Schedule 1 Children Act Proceedings. Hill v Morgan (Child:…
 Charlotte Trace  photo Charlotte Trace Practice covers all areas of family law with a particular emphasis on…
 Christopher Wagstaffe photo Christopher Wagstaffe Family Law especially matrimonial finance, with a particular emphasis on cases featuring…
 David Walden-smith  photo David Walden-smith David specialises in financial cases involving substantial assets, complex company valuations and…
 Jacqueline Wehrle  photo Jacqueline Wehrle Wide range of expertise in both financial and children matters. In the…
 Annabel Wentworth  photo Annabel Wentworth Accepts instructions in all areas of law concerning children including private and…
 Helen Williams  photo Helen Williams Primarily financial remedy proceedings, with a particular emphasis on the treatment of…