Cherry Twydell (1985)

Specialising in matrimonial financial remedy, cohabitation disputes, all matters relating to children, child support and welfare law.

Cherry has an extensive practice in all aspects of family law, including matrimonial/ financial remedy cases, cohabitation disputes, all applications relating to children with additional expertise in child support and welfare law. She sits as a part-time judge, is trained in collaborative law and undertakes family law mediation, including issues around child support.

She is an extremely experienced and able advocate, having practised as both a solicitor and barrister, undertaken lecturing in law and advising the judiciary.

Cherry has particular expertise in negotiating matters to a settlement. She utilises her skills as a barrister, judge and family mediator to achieve this. She recently achieved an agreed order after negotiating for two days in a complex Children Act matter involving the Hague Convention and a varied menu of Children Act provisions.

She has had significant success in achieving results against the weight of the evidence for example:-

Achieving dismissal on an application for a Liability Order by the Child Support Agency

A successful three day hearing opposing a relocation application when the CAFCASS officer recommended relocation.

Achieving a change in the local authority care plan during a five day trial so that the oldest two children could be rehabilitated to their father.

Resolving an application for a commercial overage clause in matrimonial proceedings

Advising in child support matters when a parent or non resident parent is seeking to appeal a child support agency decision with preparation advice for the tribunal hearing.

Representation of a parent in public law proceedings, and successfully establishing they were not responsible for skull fractures to the child.

Representing a wife in a financial remedy case, when the parties divorced some twenty years prior, and achieving a lump sum order for her with the Court of Protection as a third party intervener.

Representing a husband in a financial remedy case, with a third party intervener who sought part of the matrimonial assets under trusts of land law.

Careful and thorough preparation, together with appropriate research, ensures she provides the best representation for her client. Her experience as a part time judge has developed her skills in identifying legal issues from a judicial perspective, which ensures focus and clarification when giving advice and guidance to clients and/or instructing solicitors.

Cherry is a keen walker and swimmer. She likes all forms of music, plays classical piano and is a member of Rock Choir, having performed at the O2 this year.