Cheryl Thornley Director

Puzzle Piece Law was established by Cheryl Thornley with the intention of providing legal support that is affordable and bridges the gap between legal aid and expensive legal bills, making legal support and advice more accessible to those who need it.  

She believes many issues can be resolved when you have the right information and understanding of your rights, entitlements and the law, without ever stepping foot in a Tribunal or Court. 

Cheryl studied Law at the University of Buckingham and was awarded a First Class Law Degree and a scholarship to undertake the Bar Vocational Course, where she gained her academic qualifications as Barrister at the BPP Law School in London. She was called to the Bar in 2009.​ Cheryl then chose to return to her role as a serving Police Officer.

As a Lawyer and a mother of three children, one of which has profound learning difficulties, Cheryl used her legal skills and expertise to help other parents, working as a Tribunal Representative and advisor for IPSEA, a charity who supports parents, families and carers to get the right educational support for children and young people with special educational needs.

A former Police Officer with over 20 years experience, Cheryl has in depth knowledge of criminal law, the court system and the judicial process, working alongside departments that investigate child abuse, sexual assault, domestic abuse and murder. 

Cheryl has written successful legal challenges for issues affecting young people in the local disabled community such as school transport, resulting in a change to local council policy and challenged decisions preventing the withdrawal of short break vouchers, much needed respite support for parents.

Cheryl also has experience in the field of Regulatory Law, having worked for a renowned Legal 500 law firm based in London, not to mention of course, the regulatory requirements of the Police Service.

Passionate about equality and inclusion, she has supported others in successful challenges that relate to sexual and disability discrimination issues. She has published a number of related articles in the Discrimination Law Association Journal, a journal used as a reference guide for law firms and Citizens Advice Bureau.

Cheryl is a Graduate member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx). CILEx regulates nearly 20,000 legal professionals and has a clear code of conduct members must follow. This sets Cheryl's services apart from other McKenzie Friends who operate without the assurance of regulation. Cheryl is also a full member of Resolution, the Education Law Association and the Society for Professional McKenzie Friends. Cheryl is fully insured with Professional Indemnity Insurance. She is registered with the Information Commissioners Office. 

Cheryl understands the challenges and pressure that comes with every case and will be here for you, every step of the way.

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