Sheila Aly

My approach

I am down to earth, and have been told that I have a knack for explaining complicated concepts in an easy way. I believe in treating everyone that I represent in a way that is both sensitive and professional. I know how stressful family situations can be, and I believe that it is my job to make that process as easy as possible for you. I take account of what all my clients want, and we then work together to make sure that you are achieving the best possible results that you can. My past client relationships have meant that I have had the good fortune of getting a lot of my current work through referral and repeat business. 

My work

My services include:

Children Matters

Divorce Matter

Anciliary Relief Matters

Injuctions (including non-molestation and occupation orders)

About me

I was called to the Bar in 2002, and have a considerable amount of experience in relation to family matters, including divorce, children and ancilliary relief cases. My clients generally find me to be very approachable, as well as being able offering realistic advice, a clear and quick understanding of your needs and a robust approach in Court.

What my clients say

"Sheila is very professional and blew my mind in court. She made the opposition Counsel look like an amateur, skillfully asking the right questions at the right time, in a very confident and convincing manner.

No words can really do justice to what Sheila did in court, and as has Joanna, she truly has perfected her craft.

To put this into context; my case was for my ex-partner for 'leave to remove,' to another country. The CAFCASS recommendation supported her application.

I was absolutely devastated.

My child's future hung I the balance of what can only be described as a shambles of a CAFCASS report.

Joanna instantly knew the report could be challenged, but remained sceptical of the likely outcome, as Judges tend to honor the CAFCASS recommendation.

I'm elated to say that all ended well and justice was served.

I became one of the 3.6% of fortunate recipients to have the judge rule out the CAFCASS recommendation (Joanna and Sheila had actually achieved that previously.)"

Anon, instructed through Family Law Cafe (full review appears under Family Law Cafe on Trustpilot as a 5* rating)

“Sheila taught me to see my situation in a different way and helped me to focus on the positive aspects at a time when I could no longer see them. She is very patient and understanding, and gave me the confidence to not only deal with this situation but with whatever comes my way.”

MT, Magic Circle Law Firm Employee, London

Shay has a small arsenal of tools, methods and advice to break down and solve the problems you are experiencing. She took me through a few of her methodologies to help me over a few hours. Shay was able to help me understand where the successes and problems lay and also offered many helpful solutions on how things might be improved.

Simon, Company Director, Bath 

“I recommend to you Sheila Aly. When faced with the complexities of employment legislation, truth is never simple to expose. My experience of Sheila was that she listened and explained and with calm and careful reasoning represented the facts of my case. No gimmicks, no confusion and a strong legal mind.”

Irene Hadley, Chair of the Board of Trustees, Croydon Women’s Aid, London


Professional & academic


CEDR Accredited Commercial Mediator and mediation trainer

ADR Group Accredited Family mediator

PMR Ltd Accredited Workplace Mediator

Diploma in Life Coaching (Association of Natual Medicines)

Leadership Training (Tony Robbins Companies)

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