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Chambers of Philip Cayford QC
29 Bedford Row Chambers
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Piers practises exclusively in the field of children law, undertaking complex and important cases at first instance and on appeal. His practice now principally comprises private children law cases, with particular emphasis on child arrangement issues, relocation (international and domestic), LGBT parenting, surrogacy and parental order proceedings. He has extensive experience of public and private law cases involving allegations of very serious physical or sexual abuse and entailing the analysis of complex expert evidence. His practice also includes child abduction and jurisdictional disputes. He is frequently instructed on appeals on novel or complex points of law. Piers has appeared in numerous reported cases and is recommended for children law by all the major guides to the legal profession.


Called 1991. Silk 2010. Co-author of ‘Contact: The New Deal’ (Family Law, 2006). Co-author of ‘The Public Law Outline: The Court Companion’ (Family Law, 2008). Updater of the children law volumes of ‘Halsbury’s Laws of England’. Regular lecturer on children law topics. Trained as collaborative counsel.


Co-chair, Association of Lawyers for Children 2008-10; practitioner representative, National Family Justice Board 2008-10; Family Law Bar Association.


St John’s College, Cambridge.


Family – children.

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Piers Pressdee QC

29 Bedford Row Chambers

Is a terrific advocate and brilliant at directing the strategy of a complicated case.

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.