Set Profile > 29 Bedford Row Chambers > London, England

Chambers of Philip Cayford QC
29 Bedford Row Chambers

Family (including divorce and financial remedy) Tier 1

29 Bedford Row Chambers is an ‘amazing set’ that ‘goes from strength to strength in finance work.’ For many, it remains the first port of call for heavyweight and high-value national and international matrimonial finance cases. Timothy Scott QC successfully acted for the husband in Lachaux v Lachaux [2019] EWCA Civ 738, a complex case that dealt with the recognition of a Dubai divorce as well as other issues such as the court’s jurisdiction over a child who was resident in Dubai. The matter is ongoing as the wife has made an application for permission to appeal the case to the Supreme Court. The set is praised for its ‘collegiate atmosphere’ and for having ‘some of the best silks and junior counsel in London – all of whom are highly accessible.’ Alexis Campbell QC and Nicholas Allen QC join this year's silk rankings, while the 'razor-sharp' Sally Max reaches the pinnacle of the junior rankings. In recent news, Robert Peel QC has been appointed a Justice of the High Court with effect from 6 October 2020.

Leading Silks

Philip Cayford QC - 29 Bedford Row ChambersA real weight of experience is brought to the courtroom. He has a wonderful ability to recall case law and to intellectually argue points in a persuasive but non-aggressive manner.
Ranked: Tier 1
Timothy Scott QC - 29 Bedford Row ChambersVery persuasive in his written submissions.
Ranked: Tier 1
Jonathan Southgate QC - 29 Bedford Row ChambersIs an excellent advocate. He is highly persuasive - taking time to address points made against him in a clear, and intelligent manner. He is a formidable strategist.
Ranked: Tier 1
Patrick Chamberlayne QC - 29 Bedford Row ChambersIs, in my opinion, the best cross-examiner at the family bar and top of the field in non-disclosure cases. There is nothing he has not seen and done at the top level in the field of matrimonial finance. He is also particularly good with international and inter-jurisdictional issues.
Ranked: Tier 2
Christopher Wagstaffe QC - 29 Bedford Row ChambersExcellent client skills - makes impenetrable legal constructs accessible and understandable.
Ranked: Tier 4

Nicholas Allen QC-29 Bedford Row ChambersAlways knows the detail of the case - even where the papers are voluminous he has read them all at least once.

Ranked: Tier 4
Alexis Campbell QC - 29 Bedford Row ChambersIs utterly superb. She is incredibly bright and a skilled advocate who manages always to articulate the absolute best case for her clients.
Ranked: Tier 4
Howard Shaw QC - 29 Bedford Row ChambersSuperb knowledge of subject area, excellent in court skills and good people skills.
Ranked: Tier 4

2020 Silks

Peter Mitchell QC - 29 Bedford Row ChambersIs blessed with a sense of charm and humour that immediately settles nervous clients and leaves them feeling they have actually enjoyed a day in court.

Leading Juniors

Sally Max - 29 Bedford Row ChambersRazor sharp. Incredibly analytical and strategic. She is always meticulously prepared and knows her way around every page of a bundle. She is no nonsense and a very effective and powerful advocate.
Ranked: Tier 1
Jonathan Tod - 29 Bedford Row ChambersHis unstinting tenacity is matched by his endless finesse, particularly in complex and bitterly fought cases. He always has the ear of the judge and the total confidence of the client.
Ranked: Tier 1
Sassa-Ann Amaouche - 29 Bedford Row ChambersIs an extremely strong advocate. Her attention to detail is second to none and also her ability to advise clients on complicated/technical points of law and deliver difficult messages is outstanding. She is sharp, focused and determined.
Ranked: Tier 3
Richard Bates - 29 Bedford Row ChambersHis advocacy is second to none. Every sentence Richard says to the Judge is a good point. There is no flannel. He is a QC in disguise and he regularly comes up against them and comes out on top.
Ranked: Tier 3
Simon Calhaem - 29 Bedford Row ChambersSo quick on his feet in court, Simon often out manoeuvres his opponents and remains unflappable in the face of judicial pressure.
Ranked: Tier 3
Nicholas Chapman - 29 Bedford Row ChambersVery hardworking.
Ranked: Tier 3
Max Lewis - 29 Bedford Row ChambersA well-regarded junior.
Ranked: Tier 3
Petra Teacher - 29 Bedford Row ChambersBrings both an energy and a calm-headed focus to every case. She's great to work with, and forms a natural team with solicitor and client.
Ranked: Tier 3
Helen Williams - 29 Bedford Row ChambersIs the full package. She is extremely clever, extremely good with Judges and clients and her ability to settle on the best strategic approach is extremely impressive.
Ranked: Tier 3
Laura Heaton - 29 Bedford Row ChambersA standout practitioner - loved by judges and respected by opponents. She is a fabulously safe pair of hands no matter how complicated the issue.
Ranked: Tier 4
Lucy Owens - 29 Bedford Row ChambersIs ultra-intelligent. She gets to the heart of the problem quickly and never gives up in her negotiations with the opposition.
Ranked: Tier 4
Amber Sheridan - 29 Bedford Row ChambersQuick to assimilate detail and salient issues on case. Is a calm presence in long negotiations and clients take to her quickly and trust her. She is very accessible and user friendly for her instructing solicitors.
Ranked: Tier 4
Charlotte Trace - 29 Bedford Row ChambersA star in the making.
Ranked: Tier 4
Ben Fearnley - 29 Bedford Row ChambersBen has sound judgement, methodical and detailed preparation, alongside an excellent understanding of the law. His preparation makes you feel at ease going to court settlement meetings.
Ranked: Tier 4
Conor Fee - 29 Bedford Row ChambersMakes clients – and their instructing solicitors – feel very safe. He is always well-prepared but also sees through the detail to the real issues.
Ranked: Tier 4
Anthony Geadah - 29 Bedford Row ChambersIs thorough and tenacious with an amazing eye for detail. His advocacy is extremely strong.
Ranked: Tier 4

Children law (including public and private law) Tier 3

29 Bedford Row Chambers ‘remains one of the premier sets with a talented array of money and children specialists.’ The set is skilled in all areas of private children law, public law proceedings and in the international aspects of children law. In fact, the set ‘has achieved what few other chambers have managed which is a really strong offering on finances and on children work.’ In one recent instruction of note, Paul Storey QC – described as one of the 'star barristers in the field of child abuse claims; he is in a class of his own and his success rate is unmatched' – is acting in a complex and ongoing case where a baby sustained serious head injuries. This year, Piers Pressdee QC and Indira Ramsahoye complete their ascent of the silk and junior rankings. Christopher Butterfield is a junior to watch.

Leading Silks

Piers Pressdee QC - 29 Bedford Row ChambersAlongside his assiduous preparation and carefully considered paperwork, he brings to a contested trial great intelligence and psychological insight. He is hugely skilful in extracting from witnesses the evidence he seeks to persuade the tribunal to find in his client’s favour.
Ranked: Tier 1
Paul Storey QC - 29 Bedford Row ChambersIs the perfect blend of an advocate, he is approachable but authoritative. He has an encyclopaedic knowledge of caselaw and uses it to enormous effect. He fights each and every case with incredible energy and commitment.
Ranked: Tier 1
Timothy Scott QC - 29 Bedford Row ChambersHis written presentations are compelling: straightforward and common sense, well written and easy to follow.
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Juniors

Indira Ramsahoye - 29 Bedford Row ChambersIs a Silk in a Junior’s gown. Hugely experienced and a consummate children law practitioner who understands well the emotive psychology of litigation surrounding children.
Ranked: Tier 1

Dafydd Griffiths-29 Bedford Row ChambersIs an exceptional advocate and has a first-class rapport with clients, they all love him. His written work is second to none and he is a fierce adversary.

Ranked: Tier 2
Lee Arnot - 29 Bedford Row ChambersIs meticulous in his preparation for a case and ruthless in his cross-examination of witnesses. His client care is exemplary.
Ranked: Tier 3
Christopher Butterfield - 29 Bedford Row ChambersA master of the Children Act. A thorough researcher who leaves no stone unturned and learns the client’s case to the finest detail. An efficient, eloquent and perhaps stealth-like advocate at ease in any level of courtroom.
Ranked: Tier 5


Leading Juniors

Simon Calhaem - 29 Bedford Row ChambersExceedingly clever, technically excellent and has a reassuring manner with clients.
Ranked: Tier 3

Family and children law

29 Bedford Row Chambers's David Walden-Smith has a broad practice, being particularly adept at handling financial remedy work, some of which involving financial issues around children. According to one solicitor 'he is very clear, sharp and pragmatic in his advice - clients really bond with him'. His chambers, which is based in London is 'a fantastic set offering an excellent range of experience able to suit all cases'.

Leading Juniors: Divorce and Financial Remedy

David Walden-Smith - 29 Bedford Row ChambersHe is very experienced in complex high net worth financial cases.
Ranked: Tier 4

Set overviews: England and Wales

One of the premier sets for matrimonial work in London, 29 Bedford Row Chambers added to its silk ranks with Peter Mitchell QC who was elevated to Queen's Counsel in March 2020. Meanwhile, in recent news, Robert Peel QC was appointed to the High Court, effective from 6 October 2020.



Brilliant clerking. They are all outstanding. Exceptionally organised. They coped very well with the effects of Covid-19. The clerks were able to ensure that the courts and the instructing lawyers were able to deal with the technology for remote hearings by planning ahead.

Clerks are always willing to have a discussion about fees and be fair and reasonable. They are well mannered, down to earth and willing to go that extra mile to help.

Excellent clerking throughout and very helpful in dealing directly with the courts when needed.

I always have great service from the clerks. They are extremely responsive and efficient. Nothing ever seems to much for them.

Incredibly helpful, understanding on fees, very approachable and professional. They help set the culture of the Chambers which is one of professionalism and warmth.

James Shortall is amongst the strongest Head clerks. Very responsive. Highly personable. Reliable. A pleasure to deal with.

The clerks are brilliant. Particularly James Shorthall, Julie Holcombe, Ben Cross and Jamie Critchell.

The clerks are excellent, especially Julie Holcombe. They will always accommodate my needs and are willing to do all they can to help clients if necessary.

The clerks are friendly and accessible and listen to concerns on costs and any particular client needs. They work with you as a team to find the right barrister for the case at the right price.

The clerks at 29 Bedford Row are excellent. They are friendly, prompt to deal with enquiries and always clear about fees and availability. They are a pleasure to deal with.

The clerks room is second to none. Professional, slick, with a proper eye on business development. 29BR clerks are stand out in terms of availability, approachability, and work ethic

Wonderful clerks. James Shorthall in particular is brilliant. Always goes the extra mile to help the firm and for us to connect with Counsel.


29 Bedford Row are a first class set for matrimonial cases, you know your case is in safe hands with this Chambers.

29 Bedford Row is excellent all round for private financial remedy and children work. They have huge strength in depth and Counsel available to suit every client, case and price point.

29 BR remain one of the leading sets with exceptional experience/talent across the board.

A superb scope of quality, experienced counsel from the juniors to the head of Chambers. A very professional and personable set. My first choice.

Chambers are extremely personable and have a breadth of experience from their barristers. The clerking team will always try and assist their instructing solicitors where they can and have proven to excel in these Covid-19 times. They have been beyond superb in supporting us.

The go to set for financial remedy on divorce. A slick performance and service at every stage of the process. Very impressed with them taking full advantage of their technology and offering remote webinars on important subjects so early during lockdown.

The set has both strength and depth for the entire range of family law work. They are right up there with the very small number of truly top flight family law sets.

They are without question one of the leading family law sets in the country. They have a number of excellent barristers and really helpful and approachable clerks.

They have some real stars of the future coming through at the junior end. The chambers remain dynamic and the ones which others look to in terms of planning for the future.

This is an excellent set, from top to bottom. They have experts who are at the top of their game and competitive fees too.

Regional Bar > South Eastern Circuit > Family and children law

29 Bedford Row Chambers's David Walden-Smith has a broad practice, being particularly adept at handling financial remedy work, some of which involving financial issues around children. According to one solicitor 'he is very clear, sharp and pragmatic in his advice - clients really bond with him'. His chambers, which is based in London is 'a fantastic set offering an excellent range of experience able to suit all cases'.

Leading Juniors: Divorce and Financial Remedy

David Walden-Smith - 29 Bedford Row ChambersHe is very experienced in complex high net worth financial cases.
Ranked: Tier 4


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 60 barristers including thirteen 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 2019/20 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 AV in each room), Chambers is well suited to these ever more important forms of alternative dispute resolution. Some members of chambers accept Direct (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) (QC 2017)
Members of Chambers MOLYNEUX QC, Brent (1994) (QC 2017)
Members of Chambers ALLEN QC, Nicholas (1995) (QC 2018)
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 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)
Photo Name Position Profile
 Nicholas Allen  photo Nicholas Allen Barrister specialising in matrimonial finance, civil partnerships, co-habitation. Reported cases – MT…
 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: JL v SL…
 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 Core practice area is matrimonial finance with particular interest in: international disputes;…
 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 Practises in all areas of family law, with a particular emphasis on…
 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 Specialises in high value matrimonial finance disputes and related claims, including those…
 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…
 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 Professional practice comprises mainly high value financial work but she also undertakes…
 Emily Page  photo Emily Page Practice covers all areas of family law, with a particular focus on…
 Piers Pressdee photo Piers Pressdee Piers practises exclusively in the field of children law, undertaking complex and…
 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; cohabitation; civil partnerships; inheritance and family provision; Children Act (private…
 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 All areas of family law with a particular emphasis on matrimonial finance,…
 Richard Tambling  photo Richard Tambling Handles all aspects of financial remedies including matrimonial finance and Schedule 1…
 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. Re P (A 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 Specialises in financial cases involving substantial assets, complex company valuations and those…
 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…