John Friel > Chambers of David Berkley QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of David Berkley QC
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Work Department

Education Law, Public Law, Disciplinary and Regulatory Proceedings.



John Friel is a highly experienced practitioner with particular expertise in public law issues. He has developed a strong practice with extensive experience acting for local authorities, private applicants, charities, independent schools, maintained schools governing bodies and provides a prompt response to instructions. He has won leading cases in the House of Lords, Court of Appeal, and High Court. He is available for direct client access in certain cases. John is featured in The Legal 500 and Chambers UK as an Education Law specialist.

Recent Cases:

LW v Norfolk County Council (SEN) [2015] UKUT 0065 (AAC) John Friel has recently been successful in an appeal to the Upper Tribunal in LW v Norfolk County Council (SEN) [2015] UKUT 0065 (AAC) regarding the proper application of the powers of the First Tier Tribunal set out in section 9 of the Tribunals Courts and Enforcement Act 2007.


Special Needs and Legal Entitlement: The Essential Guide to Getting out of the Maze, written by John Friel and Melinda Nettleton, is a straightforward and comprehensive guide to the legal rights of children and young people with special educational needs, and to the Children and Families Act 2014.

Disciplinary and Regulatory Proceedings

John’s work in this area naturally overlaps with his work in Judicial Review and Local Government. His wide ranging practice encompasses all areas of reviewing professional conduct for which he has received significant recognition.


Call: 1974

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Education

Within: Leading Juniors -

John Friel


He is an expert in SEN and has deep knowledge of procedure.