No5’s experienced and specialist child practitioner Michele Friel is Birmingham’s first qualified barrister to offer Arbitration for private law children issues.

Michele is widely regarded throughout the legal profession as a standout practitioner in relation to disputes involving children. With over 26 years practising in family matters Michele is now able to use her expertise and knowledge to assist parties in reaching a binding decision through the Children Arbitration Scheme as an alternative to the court process.

Arbitration offers a real positive alternative to court. It is entirely confidential and allows the parties to determine how their dispute will be determined and by who. Arbitration is  quicker, flexible and more cost effective than the court process.  Arbitration provides an opportunity to tailor the procedure to suit the needs of each case in terms of the venue, the date and the specific issues to be determined.

No5 Barristers’ Chambers can provide private, comfortable facilities to conduct the Arbitration and aside from Birmingham we can also offer the service in London, Leicester and Bristol.

If preferred Michele will travel to alternative venues to conduct arbitrations if this is more convenient to the parties.

For further information about instructing Michele, the Arbitration service and the costs involved please contact:

Russell Hobbs, Senior Practice Manager ( or call 0121 6066137

Adam Wadley, Senior Family Clerk ( or call 0121 6066138

*Michele Friel MCIArb/(IFLA) Children Scheme

Chambers and Partners 2018 
A standout practitioner specialising in private law children work, she has extensive experience in issues ranging from fostering and adoption to external relocation. Sources highlight her as the go-to individual for complex children cases.

Strengths: “Michele is simply the best child law barrister working in the Midlands – my first choice every time.” “Incredibly well respected by both lawyers and the judiciary. She’s approachable, clear and concise, and always meticulous in her preparation.”

Legal 500 2017
“An astute tactical thinker”