Leonie accepts instructions in all areas of family law. She joined chambers as a tenant in October 2020 following completion of her pupillage under the supervision of Stephen Jarmain, Richard Castle, Nicola Fox and Kelan McHugh.

Prior to joining chambers, Leonie was a Research Assistant for the Law Commission’s consultation papers on surrogacy and on wills.

She also qualified as a solicitor in a firm specialising in high-net-worth matrimonial finance and private law children (often with an international element).

She has significant voluntary experience for organisations including the Free Representation Unit, Waterloo Legal Advice Centre and JUSTICE.

 

Leonie accepts instructions in all aspects of financial proceedings including matrimonial finance, enforcement, variation, applications pursuant to TOLATA 1996 and applications under Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989.

During pupillage she was exposed to and assisted with complex financial work with her supervisors including cases concerning trusts, substantial assets and non-matrimonial property.

She has experience of acting both in court and in representing clients at Private FDR.

Leonie acts on behalf of all parties in private children disputes concerning contact, residence, relocation, enforcement, and all aspects of parental responsibility. During pupillage, she witnessed many complex private children cases including those involving alienation, serious allegations of domestic abuse and the instruction of experts.

She has acted in private children proceedings arising out of High Court proceedings concerning ‘stranded spouse’ cases and child abduction.

Leonie is available to instruct in all stages of child abduction work.

During pupillage, she observed and helped with cases involving the Hague Convention and Brussels II Revised.

She also witnessed and assisted with cases concerning FGM Protection Orders and Forced Marriage Protection Orders and she accepts instructions in these areas.

Leonie accepts instructions in public law proceedings on behalf of Local Authorities, parents, Guardians, and other family members.

During pupillage she witnessed a variety of cases, including cases concerning substance abuse, neglect and fabricated or induced illness.

Awards and Scholarships

  • Honorary Scholarship, for outstanding performance in final year (Clare College, University of Cambridge)
  • College Prize (Clare College, University of Cambridge)
  • Highest Mark in Civil Procedure Part II (University of Cambridge)

Education

  • University of Oxford, BCL, Distinction
  • BPP Law School, Bar Transfer Test
  • Kaplan Law School, Legal Practice Course, Distinction
  • University of Cambridge, BA Law, First Class

Professional Memberships

  • Honourable Society of the Middle Temple
  • Family Law Bar Association
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