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

"At each stage of the process, he provided clear explanations and it was obvious that he had a wealth of expertise and knowledge in the field of SEND law."

Chambers & Partners 2022

"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."

Client Quote, 2021

"Geldards expert knowledge in SEN, their support and understanding of my difficulties, and their ability to navigate the SEN system has been invaluable."

Client Quote, 2021

"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."

Client Quote, 2021

"Thank you for commitment and total understanding, as ever, life is a lesson, we have been tutored well and we feel like we’ve passed our finals! W is so happy, she is a delight to see grow, her confidence, smiles and energy are through the roof. The school is working for her and this hard work will support her going forward. Thank you all again. "

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