Piers Pressdee QC

Year of Call 1991 Silk 2010

Professional Practice

Piers practises exclusively in the field of children law.

His practice now principally comprises private children law disputes over child arrangements and allied issues. He is particularly well-known for his expertise in the areas of relocation (international and domestic) and LGBT+ parenting. He has extensive experience of public and private law cases involving allegations of very serious physical or sexual abuse and he is frequently instructed in appeals on novel or complex points of law. His practice also includes cross-border abduction and jurisdictional disputes.

Piers has appeared in numerous reported cases. He is recommended for children law by the major guides to the legal profession and is currently ranked in Band 1 of the Chambers & Partners directory. His recent clients have included leading figures from the worlds of business, sport and entertainment.

  • Recommendations

    He handles cases with an energy and interest that are a breath of fresh air; he is a pleasure to work with.
    Legal 500
    A dedicated children law specialist who places particular emphasis in his practice on private law cases. He frequently represents high-profile clients, and is instructed by the very best solicitors' firms in the country. Expertise: "He knows the law inside out, and wrote the book on Children Act law. He's accessible, and really gets invested in his cases." "Extremely thorough and very good in front of clients."
    Chambers & Partners
  • Notable Cases

    • Re C (Publication of Judgment)
      [2016] 1 FLR 495
    • Birmingham CC v SK
      [2016] EWHC 310 (Fam)
    • FQ v MQ
      [2014] EWHC 441 (Fam)
    • FQ v MQ & others
      [2013] EWHC 4149 (Fam)
    • Re K (children) (private law proceedings: directions to investigate child’s circumstances)
      [2013] 1 FCR 87
    • Re H (Care Proceedings: Foster Care Placement for Mother and Baby)
      [2013] 1 FLR 1445
    • Bristol CC v A Mother and others
      [2012] All ER (D) 169 (Sep)
    • MA v RS (Contact: Parenting Roles)
      [2012] 1 FLR 1056
    • Re X, Y and Z (Expert Witness)
      [2011] 2 FLR 1437
    • Re C and D (Photographs of Injuries)
      [2011] 1 FLR 990
    • BBC v Coventry CC and others
      [2011] 1 FLR 977
    • Re B (children) (evidence: expert evidence)
      [2010] All ER (D) 212 (Feb)
    • Re J (Care Proceedings: Injuries)
      [2009] 2 FLR 99
    • Re B (Medical Treatment)
      [2009] 1 FLR 1264
    • Re F and H (Children: Relocation)
      [2008] 2 FLR 1667
    • Birmingham CC v M
      [2008] 2 FLR 542
    • Re J (Application for a Shadow Expert)
      [2008] 1 FLR 1501
    • M v Warwickshire CC
      [2008] 1 FLR 1093
    • Oxfordshire CC v DP, RS & BS
      [2008] 2 FLR 1708
    • Re P (Adoption: Leave Provisions)
      [2007] 2 FLR 1069
    • Re H (Residence Order: Placement Out of Jurisdiction)
      [2006] 1 FLR 1140
    • A County Council v DP, RS, BS
      [2005] 2 FLR 1031
    • Re H (Care Order: Appropriate Local Authority)
      [2004] 1 FLR 534
    • Re ET (Serious Injuries: Standard of Proof)
      [2003] 2 FLR 1205
    • Oxfordshire County Council v S
      [1999] TLR 781
    • Kumari v Jalal
      [1996] 2 FLR 588
  • Publications and Lecturing

    • Co-author, Contact: The New Deal (Family Law, 2006).

    • Co-author, The Public Law Outline: The Court Companion (Family Law, 2008).

    • Revised and updated the ‘Children and Young Persons’ volumes of Halsbury’s Laws of England (5th edition).

    • Long-standing contributor to Family Law journal and Family Law Week.

    • Regular lecturer of judges and practitioners on children law topics (including most recently at the Family Law 2015 Family Law Conference and at the 2016 and 2017 White Paper Children Law Conferences).

    • Interviews on children law and practice to The Times, The Observer, The Independent, BBC and Sky News.

  • Personal Information

    Piers read history and law at St John’s College, Cambridge, and is married with four children. A lover of football and writing, he is acknowledged in Joanna Trollope’s best-selling novel, Friday Nights: “I am indebted to Piers Pressdee, who wrote A Football Guide for the Thinking Woman especially for me. Clear, energetic, comprehensive and funny, it deserves to be a best-seller in its own right.”

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