Michele Friel

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October 2017 appointed as children Arbitrator.
Practised in children work for over 27 years. Now specialises exclusively in private children work including child arrangements orders, relocation of children (both external and internal), specific issue applications relating to all aspects of parental responsibility for children (including schools, name changes and medical issues), fact finding hearings and applications relating to children made by extended family members.
“Simply the best advocate on private children’s law I have ever come across.” “Michele's work is great. She is a very strong advocate, good in cross-examination, where she uses subtlety when required.”
Chambers UK 2023
“Michele is always well prepared and accessible to the client. She is concise with her advice and a strong advocate. She is well-respected by the judiciary and is a force to be reckoned with in any court hearing.”
Legal 500 2023
“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.”
Legal 500 2022
"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
“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.”
Chambers UK 2021
“Formidable during cross-examination, with an eye for detail that ensures no stone is left unturned.”
Legal 500 2021
“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.”
Chambers UK 2020
“Her knowledge and skill in parental alienation cases is unparalleled.”
Legal 500 2020

Latest News & Publications

A leading Birmingham barrister fears a lack of awareness about the use of child arbitration during family break-ups means that people do not always have it as an option at such a stressful time in their lives....

Date: Mon, 28 Jan 2019
FLBA release the President’s Guidance on arbitration in children cases...

Date: Wed, 01 Aug 2018