Adam Otterway Friel

Adam Otterway Friel


Education Law, Higher Education Law, Special Educational Needs(+44)(0) 20 8891 4488Twickenham


Adam is the supervising solicitor of Sinclairslaw’ education law department, practising from the London office. Adam has extensive experience in all areas of education law, with specific expertise in:

  • Appeals and claims to the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal.
  • Disputes and claims with schools.
  • School exclusions reviews and admissions appeals.
  • All higher education disputes, including internal appeals and complaints and complaints to the Office of the Independent Adjudicator.

Adam’s interest in education law was sparked as a consequence of his own learning difficulties (dyslexia) and the difficulties he faced both at school and university. He is very passionate about education rights and has been involved in a number of pro bono projects, including charity monthly advice clinics. He has also been interviewed for BBC radio and television shows. Adam is regularly invited to be a speaker at events, talks, workshops and conferences to charities and schools regarding educational issues.

Outside of work, Adam is a big rugby enthusiast, having represented Ireland at youth level and played semi-professional rugby. When he is not playing rugby, he likes to read a good book or visit the cinema.