Cheryl Thornley, LLB,BVC,GCILEX

 Director

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Cheryl has experience advising clients on a range of family law matters including child arrangements and financial disputes. She has a wealth of experience attending court with clients, from local county and family courts to the Royal Courts of Justice. She is passionate about supporting parents secure the best education provision for their children and has advised on a number of complex special educational needs issues.


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 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. 

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