Portrait of Piers Pressdee QC

Piers Pressdee QC

Year of Call 1991 Silk 2010

Professional Practice

Piers practises exclusively in the field of children law.

He took silk at the age of 41 and has since forged a predominantly private children law practice, principally involving disputes over child arrangements and allied issues. He is particularly well-known for his expertise in intractable disputes (including those involving allegations of parental alienation) and in the areas of relocation (international and domestic) and LGBT+ parenting.

He still regularly appears in public law cases entailing allegations of very serious physical, sexual or emotional abuse and 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 and over the last 15 years has been consistently recommended for children law by the major guides to the legal profession. He is typically brought in from the outset of cases to strategise and run them from start to finish.  His recent clients have included leading figures from the worlds of business, sport and entertainment.

  • Recommendations

    Is a terrific advocate and brilliant at directing the strategy of a complicated case … Known as the favourite children’s counsel to the rich and famous.
    Legal 500
    Expert private law children practitioner instructed by London’s top firms … He demonstrates strength in child arrangements and relocation cases and is notable for his experience in abuse and non-accidental injury cases … His work is immaculately presented and prepared … He has a great wealth of knowledge and is very good with anxious clients.
    Chambers & Partners
  • Notable Cases

    • EF, GH, IJ (care proceedings)
      [2019] EWFC 75
    • AY v AS and another [2019] EWHC 3043 (Fam)
      [2019] EWHC 3043 (Fam)
    • Re M (a child)
      [2018] All ER (D) 27 (Dec)
    • Re SK (A minor)
      [2016] All ER (D) 27 (Mar)
    • Re C (Publication of judgment)
      [2016] 1 FLR 495
    • LB Lambeth v JO and others
      [2014] All ER (D) 43 Nov
    • FQ v MQ (No. 2)
      [2014] EWHC 441
    • FQ v MQ
      [2013] EWHC 4149
    • 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).

    • Contributor to Family Law journal and Family Law Week.

    • Regular lecturer of judges and practitioners on children law topics (including the Jordans 2015 National Family Law Conference and the 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2019 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.”


  • Co-chair, Association of Lawyers for Children,
  • National Family Justice Board,
  • President, Cambridge Union,


  • Association of Lawyers for Children
  • FLBA