Cherie Booth QCSacred Heart College, Liverpool BarristerOmnia Strategy LLP
Cherie Booth grew up in Liverpool with her younger sister and single mother who recognised the value of education. Cherie excelled at school and became the first member of her family to go to university. She studied Law at the London School of Economics where she graduated with First-Class Honours. She later came top of her year in the bar exams.
Cherie has since built a highly successful career as a barrister, having become a Queen’s Counsel in 1995. She also sits as a part-time judge. Cherie’s fellow trainee at her first chambers was Tony Blair who she married in 1980. The couple have four children.
Cherie has strong social and political beliefs, and has fought for equality and human rights throughout her professional career. In 2008 she set up her own charity which aims to empower and support women around the world, so they can play an increasingly important role in their own communities. The charity works with women in Africa, South Asia and the Middle East by developing projects which allow women to generate their own income and become successful entrepreneurs.
Cherie is also closely involved with a number of other charities including some in her home city of Liverpool. She is Chancellor Emeritus of Liverpool John Moores University as well as holding honorary degrees from each of the three Universities in Liverpool. In the 2013 New Year’s Honours List she was awarded a CBE for services to Women’s Issues and to charity in the UK and overseas.
In 2015, Cherie took up a full-time post at Omnia Strategy LLP, a pioneering, international law firm which advises governments, corporate and private clients. Cherie is the co-founder and Chair of Omnia, having helped set the firm up in 2011.