Adiba Bassam

Call: 2017



Adiba accepts instructions in all areas of family law, including both public and private children law and financial remedies proceedings. Adiba has represented clients successfully in multi-day final hearings and fact-finding hearings in both public and private children law. Adiba recently represented a Father in 4-day fact-finding hearing, and managed to ensure not a single finding was made of the eight findings sought.

Due to her multicultural background, Adiba benefits from speaking five languages and is able to assist clients from various backgrounds and has a deeper understanding of especially the South-Asian culture and the impact of the same on cases.

“Ms Bassam was plainly thoroughly prepared both in relation to the facts in dispute and in respect to the legal principles that appertained. Her cross examination was to the point and conducted without any unnecessary repetition. She was polite to her opposing Counsel and to all witnesses challenging them when she needed to do so in a proportionate manner.”

“Your language skills are a huge advantage for you and, indirectly, they assist the court because you can take instructions without the need for an interpreter, saving time and the risk of things being lost in translation.”

Adiba successfully completed her pupillage in November 2020 and gained tenancy. Adiba undertook pupillage under the supervision of Catherine Piskolti, Matthew Hellens and Neil Kerr gaining exposure in all areas of Chambers’ family law practice.

Prior to coming to the Bar, Adiba worked as a family paralegal at a Tier 1 firm gaining valuable experience in divorces with an international element, high net worth financial remedy cases, prenuptial agreements and private children law. Prior to this she worked as a legal assistant drafting practice direction documents, assisting in case preparation and providing legal research for barristers in a family law set.

Other interests
In her spare time Adiba enjoys cooking and baking, often inviting family and friends over for dinner. To balance her love for food, she enjoys going to the gym and keeping active.

Adiba is a steering group member of Themis: The Intersectional Women Barristers’ Alliance. Within her role in Themis, Adiba has launched a mentoring scheme for women at the bar.

Adiba sits in the Chambers’ Pupillage Committee and shares responsibility for recruiting mini-pupillages for Chambers.


October 2021 edition of the Family Law Journal “Shedding light into the South Asian culture and the impact in family and children cases”

July 2021 Prospects Case Study ‘Family Barrister’ click here to view

April 2021 edition of Counsel Magazine “Welcome to Themis” click here to view

February 2021 The Times “There are incredible highs and crashing lows” click here to view

January 2021 Bar Council Campaign ‘Becoming the Bar’ click here to view

December 2020 edition of Counsel Magazine “2020 pupils, how are you doing?” click here to view

July 2020 edition of the Family Law Journal “Fact-finding hearings, what can we learn from JH v MF?”

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LLB Law (First Class) University of Westminster

Bar Professional Training Course (Very Competent) BPP University

MA in Sociology of Childhood and Children’s Rights (Merit) UCL


Middle Temple Terence Fitzgerald Scholarship

University of Westminster Family Law Highest Achieving Result


Honourable Society of Middle Temple

The Family Law Bar Association

The Society of Asian Lawyers

Young Legal Aid Lawyers

Association of Women Barristers

Themis: The Intersectional Women Barristers’ Alliance.






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