Set Profile > Chambers of Philip Cayford QC > London, England

Chambers of Philip Cayford QC
29 Bedford Row Chambers

Family (including divorce and financial remedy) Tier 1

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

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
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
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
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
Christopher Wagstaffe QC - 29 Bedford Row ChambersIs an accomplished and charismatic advocate who has an easy rapport with clients.
Ranked: Tier 4

2018 Silks

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

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
Sally Max - 29 Bedford Row ChambersShe is a rare mix of meticulous, extremely sharp and incredibly kind.
Ranked: Tier 2
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
Sassa-Ann Amaouche - 29 Bedford Row ChambersBrilliant advocate and always wonderfully prepared.
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
Simon Calhaem - 29 Bedford Row ChambersTechnically excellent and not intimidated by any forum, he is a formidable opponent.
Ranked: Tier 3
Nicholas Chapman - 29 Bedford Row ChambersWorks very hard and is very numerate.
Ranked: Tier 3
Max Lewis - 29 Bedford Row ChambersHighly recommended.
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
Ben Fearnley - 29 Bedford Row ChambersExtremely clever with an excellent grasp of more complex financial matters.
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
Amber Sheridan - 29 Bedford Row ChambersIs technical, formidable and an utterly reassuring presence for the client to have in their corner.
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

Children law (including public and private law) Tier 3

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

Offshore Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Simon Calhaem - 29 Bedford Row ChambersHe can explain complicated issues in a way clients can understand.
Ranked: Tier 3

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


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, completely modernised for the latest technology.

The set: Bedford Row Chambers comprises of 59 barristers including twelve silks. The Set is rated among the leading family law chambers with more than a quarter of members rated as leaders in their field in the 2017/18 editions of the leading 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, co-habitation law, domestic violence and under the Civil Partnership and Inheritance Acts. Chambers has a strong team of top flight financial remedy practitioners. Seventeen members of chambers are trained as collaborative lawyers. Several members practise as mediators and several are qualified as family law arbitrators. A number of senior members of chambers also chair private FDRs and Early Neutral Evaluation hearings and, with two large boardrooms and three new conference rooms (including an AV room), chambers is well suited to these ever more important forms of alternative dispute resolution. Some members of chambers accept public access instructions. Several former members of chambers have been given judicial appointments, and many current members sit as deputy High Court judges or as recorders or deputy District judges.

Chambers organises a comprehensive seminar programme which is highly regarded by solicitors and trainees. Members of chambers appear in courts around the country and abroad. Chambers has dedicated conference rooms, 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 CAYFORD QC, Philip (1975) (QC 2002)
Members of Chambers SCOTT QC, Timothy (1975) (QC 1995)
Members of Chambers STOREY QC, Paul (1982) (QC 2001)
Members of Chambers PEEL QC, Robert (1990) (QC 2010)
Members of Chambers CHAMBERLAYNE QC, Patrick (1992) (QC 2010)
Members of Chambers PRESSDEE QC, Piers (1991) (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 CAMPBELL QC, Alexis (1990)
Members of Chambers MOLYNEUX QC, Brent (1994)
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 ALLEN, Nicholas (1995)
Members of Chambers MITCHELL, Peter (1996)
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 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)
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