Members of Chambers

Adrian Pidduck

Called: 2012
Admitted as a Solicitor 1996

Adrian Pidduck

Practice Profile

Adrian was a solicitor for 16 years, before being Called to the Bar in 2012. He specialises in cases concerning children, having been a member of the Solicitor’s Regulation Authority’s Children Panel between 1999 and 2012, and during this time practicing almost exclusively in public law children cases in which he regularly represented parents, other relatives and the subject children.

Adrian came to the Bar as an experienced advocate. He conducts interim and final hearings at all levels within the Family Court (before Magistrates, District Judges, Circuit Judges and High Court Judges). He has also appeared in the Court of Appeal.

Adrian is regularly instructed in respect of all types of cases concerning children, both in the public and private law arena.

In Public Law cases, Adrian has significant experience in representing vulnerable clients including working with intermediaries.

Adrian has represented parents of many nationalities. Two of his reported cases set out below related to Eastern European families, and he has particular experience in representing Eastern European parents.

Adrian prides himself upon his ability to form a rapport with his clients, irrespective of their background. He never forgets that attending court can be an overwhelming experience for any parent and it is a common feature of the feedback that he receives that he has put his clients at ease in difficult and challenging circumstances.

In both the public and private law arena Adrian is regularly instructed in cases involving allegations of significant abuse.

Having previously been a solicitor, Adrian has extensive experienced in taking instructions from the public, and he is approved by the Bar Council as a Direct Public Access practitioner.

Specialist Practice Areas

  • Care and Adoption (for parents, Guardians and other relatives)
  • Child arrangements order Proceedings (for parents and other relatives)
  • Domestic Violence Proceedings

Notable Cases

  • Re: D (A Child) [2015] EWCA Civ 1150
  • Re: A (A Child) [2014] EWHC 604 (Fam)
  • KCC v IS & Ors [2013] EWHC 2308 (Fam)

Professional Membership

  • Association of Lawyers for Children (ALC)

Hobbies and other interests

Adrian is married with two children. Outside of his professional life he is a member of two local tennis clubs where he plays regularly. His other interests include film, music and reading.