Adam Otterway Friel, Partner and Head of Education Law, has over 10 years’ experience and expertise in this specialist field.

His interest in education law was sparked as a consequence of his own learning difficulties (dyslexia) and the issues he faced both at school and university. He is therefore genuinely passionate about his work and totally committed to achieving outstanding results.

During his career he has developed a modern approach to his practice and prides himself in achieving clients’ results as swiftly as possible, with a straightforward, jargon-free style.

He is very passionate about education rights and has been involved in a number of pro bono projects, including free charity monthly advice clinics. Adam is regularly invited to be a speaker at events, talks, workshops and conferences to charities, parent groups and schools regarding educational issues.

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What clients say

"I would wholeheartedly recommend you Adam. Your insightfulness and wide range of knowledge and personal experience has made this process much less stressful as I trust your views and recommendations explicitly."

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"Adam is a first-rate solicitor and a delight to work with."

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"My son, who has significant learning difficulties, is now safe and in a school that clearly understands him and has the ability to meet his needs.  This has only been possible due to Geldards."

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"If you’re ever concerned, worried, or in need of help to navigate the SEN system for the best possible interests for your child: contact Geldards. They’ve been a lifeline for me, my family and for my son."

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"Adam, a big thank you for getting this all together and for your expertise and reassurance. Your ability to quickly narrow down the issues and your depth of knowledge. This amazing result would not have happened without you all.’"

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