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Michele Friel

Call: 1991

"Michele is the go-to advocate for a complex private law children dispute.' 'Michele is the best of the best. No one compares to her in terms of strategic thinking.' 'Michele is without doubt, no competition the number-one person in respect to private law cases."

Chambers UK 2024

"Michele is an exceptional barrister. She is thorough and amazingly professional. She understandably delivers advice and will give everything to a case."

Legal 500 2024 - Leading junior ranked Tier 1

"Simply the best advocate on private children’s law I have ever come across."

Chambers UK 2023

"Michele's work is great. She is a very strong advocate, good in cross-examination, where she uses subtlety when required."

Chambers UK 2023

"She's the crème de la crème. She's just wonderful." "Michele is our number-one choice for all complex Children Act cases. Her knowledge and expertise are second to none. She is also a formidable advocate and highly impressive in court." "When I tell someone I have Michele on a case there's an audible intake of breath. She has that kind of gravitas."

Chambers UK 2022

Michele Friel has developed a dedicated and specialist practice in disputes concerning children, during her 33 years in chambers.

Michele now focuses on private law cases and is often instructed in complicated high conflict cases, involving issues of domestic abuse, parental alienation and cases where fact finding hearings are necessary. Michele has a wealth of experience and can assist her clients (parents, grandparents, children and other family members) to access specialist resources to resolve their dispute, but where this is not possible she is a focused and fearless advocate.

Michele qualified as a children Arbitrator in 2017.

Expertise

Family

Michele practices the following areas:

Private Law Children

Michele is a hugely experienced specialist practitioner in children work. Her practice includes being a robust advocate, a skilled negotiator able to assist parties to reach resolution and since 2017 sitting as an Arbitrator able to provide parties with comprehensive and swift determination of issues.

Her 33 years of focus on children work allows her to provide her clients with a wealth of knowledge, resources and solutions. This long experience and expertise is also invaluable when she sits as a children Arbitrator.

Michele is ranked as a Tier 1 Leading Junior.

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"She is an extraordinary individual who not only knows her area of law inside and out, but she is able to advise the clients pragmatically and practically whilst retaining compassion and understanding. She is an exceptional advocate and is meticulously prepared."


"She is absolutely outstanding; you cannot fault her." "There is no one better at her level in terms of private children law cases. Michele’s ability and success rate are phenomenal and she is quite simply a superstar in the arena of children law."


"Formidable during cross-examination, with an eye for detail that ensures no stone is left unturned."


"She met all my expectations and demonstrated excellent negotiating skills and a keen eye for details.” “Highly recommended for private law children act proceedings. She knows the law, is firm but fair in court, and is great with clients.“


"Her knowledge and skill in parental alienation cases is unparalleled."


  • Children Arbitrator (2017)

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Clerk Team

Adam Wadley

Practice Director, Family

adamw@no5.com

07780 453079

Clare Radburn

Practice Director, Family, Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury

clarer@no5.com

07809 407950

Monica Hussain

Family Clerk and Admin Assistant

monicah@no5.com

Sophie Wright

Family Clerk and Admin Assistant

sophiew@no5.com

Gugandeep Kooner

Family Clerk and Admin Assistant

gugandeepk@no5.com

Paul Sams

Paul Sams

Family Clerk (Consultant)

pauls@no5.com

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