John Friel is a highly experienced practitioner with particular expertise in public law issues. He has developed a strong practice with extensive experience acting for local authorities, private applicants, charities, independent schools, maintained schools governing bodies and provides a prompt response to instructions. He has won leading cases in the House of Lords, Court of Appeal, and High Court. He is available for direct client access in certain cases.
John is featured in The Legal 500 and Chambers UK as an Education Law specialist.
LW v Norfolk County Council (SEN)  UKUT 0065 (AAC)
John Friel has recently been successful in an appeal to the Upper Tribunal in LW v Norfolk County Council (SEN)  UKUT 0065 (AAC) regarding the proper application of the powers of the First Tier Tribunal set out in section 9 of the Tribunals Courts and Enforcement Act 2007.
Special Needs and Legal Entitlement: The Essential Guide to Getting out of the Maze, written by John Friel and Melinda Nettleton, is a straightforward and comprehensive guide to the legal rights of children and young people with special educational needs, and to the Children and Families Act 2014.