Lesley-Anne Barnes Macfarlane

lesley anne barnes macfarlane

Dr Lesley-Anne Barnes Macfarlane LLB (Hons) first class; Dip LP; PGCE (TLHE); LLM; PhD



Lesley-Anne is lecturer in Child and Family Law and the Law of Evidence in the Centre for Law. Her research interests lie mainly in the fields of Child and Family Law, Private Law and Children's Rights. Her most recent publications have focused on the impact of articles 3 and 6 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in Scottish and UK law and policy.

She is joint Year 4 Tutor and personal development tutor ('PDT') for LLB students. She is a member of the University’s Child and Family Law and Policy Team. Among other things, the Team research contemporary issues in Child and Family Law and comment on legal and social policy reform.

Before joining Edinburgh Napier University Business School, Lesley-Anne practised as a solicitor, specialising in Child and Family Law. 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 as a Court Welfare Reporter and Curator ad Litem in complex family proceedings also informs her current research.

Lesley-Anne is regularly nominated/shortlisted for Student LTA awards. She was awarded ‘Best Tutor’ (ENUBS) by the Napier Student Association in the 2014 ‘Excellence Awards’ and was also runner-up in the University ‘Best Feedback’ category. In 2015, she was awarded the University-wide ‘Best Feedback’ Excellence Award. She was also shortlisted as 'Most Innovative Tutor' by the Napier Student Association. In 2016, she was again shortlisted for 'Best Tutor'.

She is the ‘NSA’ (Napier Students’ Association) Academic Partner for the Accounting, Financial Services and Law subject groups. From 2013-2015 she sat on the Faculty Academic Strategy and Enhancement Committee ('FASEC'). She currently sits on the University Early Career Researchers Working Group.

Her work has been supported by the Clark Foundation for Legal Education, the Faculty of Advocates and the Law Society of Scotland. 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.


Fellowships and Awards

  • Funding Award: Clark Foundation for Legal Education
  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy
  • (with Professor EE Sutherland) Funding and support from the Clark Foundation for Legal Education, the Faculty of Advocates and the Law Society of Scotland for organisation of Convention on the Rights of the Child Implementation Project Colloquium 2015



  • Peer Reviewer (25th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), Leiden University publication )
  • Peer Reviewer (Juridical Review)


Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • Law Society of Scotland Practising Certificate Committee Member: 2014-17


Conference Activity

  • Presented paper at Centre for Research on Families and Relationships Early Career Researchers' Conference (Edinburgh University)
  • Clark Foundation, Faculty of Advocates, Law Society of Scotland Support / Awards: Conference
  • Co-Organiser and Co-Chair: Colloquium on the Rights of the Child Implementation Project (CRC-IP), Edinburgh, ‘Doing the ‘Best’ for Children: Best interests, Welfare and Well-Being’
  • Invited speaker: Royal College of Psychiatrists in Scotland Child and Adolescent Faculty Conference
  • Presented paper at expert Children's Rights Colloquium {Stellenbosch University, South Africa]


Non-executive Directorship

  • Scottish Child Law Centre Board of Trustees, Board Member: 2007-10


Editorial Activity

  • Editor of the Child Law Sections of Butterworths Scottish Family Law Service 2005-10
  • Division Head of Greens Annotated Social Work Statutes for Children and Childcare 2008-10


Invited Speaker

  • Invited Expert: Convention on the Rights of the Child Colloquium, Stellenbosch University, March 2014
  • Children's Rights Colloquium Cambridge University (forthcoming, 2019)


External Examining/Validations

  • External Examiner, University of Glasgow (Family Law: LLB / Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice) 2015 -


Public/Community Engagement

  • Served as Edinburgh Royal Hospital for Sick Children bedtime reader (volunteer): 2005-10


Membership of Professional Body

  • International Society of Family Lawyers
  • Convention on the Rights of the Child Implementation Project ('CRC-IP')
  • Family Law Academic Network
  • Society of Legal Scholars


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