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I aim to provide an excellent service that is tailored to your specific needs. It is also important to me that my involvement is cost effective. People typically instruct me to:

I also provide free information (see above USEFUL GUIDES link) to demystify the legal system and provide a direct route to guidance which will help you with your problem if you are unable to afford legal representation.


My fees are fixed, transparent and competative. You will always know where you stand.


About Me


I'm a barrister with over 13 years' experience representing all parties in family, criminal and some civil law proceedings. I practice from Stour Chambers in Canterbury and regularly appear in courts throughout Kent and the South East of England. Prior to becoming a barrister I worked for a leading midlands law firm representing individuals and companies charged with serious and complex frauds brought by different government agencies.


Whilst my earlier years as a barrister was a mixture of family and criminal law I practised mainly in criminal law; prosecuting and defending at all levels from road traffic offence to more serious offences such as rape and wounding with intent. Over the years like most things my practice has evolved. These days I practise mainly  in family law from all aspect of Children Act proceedings to financial disputes upon divorce. I'm routinely instructed in complex public and private law child cases involving anything from alleged non-accidental injury to babies to Parental Alienation/Implacable Hostility. My caseload also often includes financial remedy cases with sizable assets.


Keeping fit, having fun and spending time with my two sons fills my free time.

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Thank you so much for all the work you've done for my wife, and me especially over the last three days. You've been extremely professional, knowledgeable and reassuring throughout. On top of that you helped get the result I was hoping for! Amazing work.


Mr. M Bovill



A very big thank you to John Thornton who represented me. I found John to be incredibly knowledgeable of the law. John showed great skills while representing me, put a lot of hard work and effort into my case and achieved a great result for me. I would have no concerns with recommending John Thornton to others and would have no worries about being represented by him again. 


L. Jeal


John Thornton was the Respondents [A R Harkness] acting barrister in the above court case. He did a thoroughly professional job in my court case and he protected my interests and won me a respectable settlement. I would not hesitate in using John Thornton's services in the future and would not hesitate to recommending him as a representing Barrister to anyone who would require his services in their court case.


MR A R Harkness


I have been very impressed with you attention to detail, pragmatic attitude and your willingness to go above and beyond what was expected of you, to ensure a successful outcome on the day. I found your direct access approach very reassuring and I will have no hesitation in retaining your services again.


Mr Anonymous



Thank you John for helping me achieve a very unexpected and satisfactory outcome whilst dealing the Court Hearing this week. As someone who, out of financial necessity, was forced to litigate in person during what had become a long drawn out and contentious financial settlement dispute, I was relieved to have someone with your knowledge, skills and confidence represent me. Your direct and down to Earth approach was refreshing and reassuring, and you managed to make complex legal issues easy to understand. I will not hesitate to recommend you to anyone in need of your services.


Mr G Lewis 


I found the conference with Mr Thornton very helpful. John took the time to clearly explain the options open to myself and the information he provided has allowed me to make an informed decision to what next steps I should take. I found the way John communicated with me to be the best part of the conference as I was apprehensive that I would not be able to understand the legal process. John made this very easy for me to understand due to the way he explained everything through the conference. In short I came away from the conference with the knowledge I needed to progress.


Mr S Wood


Thank you John Thornton for helping me achieve a successful outcome my hearing. I found you very professional and easy to talk too about my circumstances. I felt reassured and extremely impressed with the way you dealt with my case. I would not hesitate to recommend your services to anyone.


Ms K Newing


John represented me in court to establish my child's care arrangements. I am grateful to have had someone with his expertise and authority to deal with what was a very difficult situation.


Mr T Wilson


Please pass on my gratitude to John for his assistance with this, I only wish I was aware of yourselves previously and had come to you rather than the former solicitors.


Mr Myers


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