LLB (Hons) 1st class, University of Glasgow (Bennett Miller Prize)
Dip LP (Dist)
Lesley-Anne is lecturer in Child & Family Law and Children's Rights Law.
Her research interests lie in the fields of Child & Family Law, Private Law and Children's Rights, and she presents her research at international Children's Rights events hosted by, e.g., Stellenbosch University (2015), the University of Cambridge (2019) and the University of Bergen (2021). Lesley-Anne also contributes to discussion and debate about Scottish law reform and has wide-ranging experience in organising conferences and workshops. She sits on the Law Society of Scotland's Board of Examiners as Examiner in Family Law.
Among her recent publications is her 2019 report, 'Balancing the Rights of Parents and Children', commissioned by the Justice Committee of the Scottish Parliament on the Children (Scotland) Bill. Report (74 pages) and Report Summary (5 pages) available here:
In 2020, Lesley-Anne produced a training briefing (27 pages) for the Judicial Institute for Scotland on the Children (Scotland) Act 2020 and she is providing further training on the 2020 Act on behalf of the Judicial Institute. She is also delivering training for the Scottish Legal Aid Board on aspects of Family Law reform (2021).
A full list of her publications can be found in the 'Outputs' section. Examples of published work include: 'UN Convention on the Rights of the Child: Best Interests, Welfare and Well-being', eds. Sutherland EE & Barnes Macfarlane L-A, Cambridge University Press (2016); 'Patrick v Patrick and Re a letter to a Young Person: judicial letters to children...', Edinburgh Law Review 2018, 22(1); 'Rethinking childhood contributory negligence: ''blame'', ''fault'', but what about Children's Rights?', Juridical Review 2018 (2); a series of articles on Family Law reform for Scots Law Times and the Journal of the Law Society of Scotland (2020 & 2021).
Before joining Edinburgh Napier University, Lesley-Anne practised a solicitor. She was an Associate with MHD Law, Edinburgh, regularly representing children and adults in court. She has been accredited as a Lawyer-Mediator and her experience of working as a Child Welfare Reporter and Curator ad Litem in complex family proceedings informs her ongoing research.
She currently sits on the University's Early Career Researchers Working Group. She is also a member of the Business School Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee. From 2013-2015 she sat on the Faculty Academic Strategy and Enhancement Committee ('FASEC'). She has won several teaching awards (ENUBS won ‘Best Tutor’ & short-listed ‘Best Feedback’ award, 2014; won University-wide ‘Best Feedback’ award & shortlisted ‘Most Innovative Tutor', 2015; shortlisted ‘Best Tutor', 2016).
Lesley-Anne's research activities have been supported by the Clark Foundation for Legal Education, the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Scottish Parliament, the Judicial Institute for Scotland, the Faculty of Advocates and the Law Society of Scotland (funding awarded to date: £47,487). She is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the International Society of Family Lawyers and the Society of Legal Scholars.