Lesley-Anne Barnes Macfarlane

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Dr Lesley-Anne Barnes Macfarlane LLB (Hons) 1st class; Dip LP; Solicitor; PGCE (TLHE); LLM; PhD



Lesley-Anne is lecturer in Child and Family Law and the Law of Evidence. Her research interests lie mainly in the fields of Child and Family Law, Private Law and Children's Rights. 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. The Team research contemporary issues in Child and Family Law and comment on legal and social policy reform.

Lesley-Anne is a qualified solicitor. Before joining Edinburgh Napier University Business School, 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.

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. She has won various teaching ‘Excellence Awards’ (ENUBS won ‘Best Tutor’ & runner-up ‘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 RSE, 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. She works part-time.


Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

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


Conference Activity

  • Co-Organiser and Co-Chair: 2015 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 Child & Adolescent Faculty Conference, 2015
  • Clark Foundation, Faculty of Advocates, Law Society of Scotland support / Awards: Conference, 2015
  • Presented paper at expert Children's Rights [Stellenbosch University, South Africa, 2014]


Editorial Activity

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


External Examining/Validations

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


Fellowships and Awards

  • Royal Society of Edinburgh, with Dr Richard Whitecross, Funding award for Child and Family Law workshop project (£9,400): 2018-19
  • (with Professor EE Sutherland) Funding and support from the Clark Foundation for Legal Education (£3,015), the Faculty of Advocates and the Law Society of Scotland for organisation of Convention on the Rights of the Child Implementation Project Colloquium 2015
  • Edinburgh Napier University internal research grant (£2,000): 2011-12
  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy: 2011 -
  • Edinburgh Napier University grant to research/write peer-reviewed article (£2,000): 2010
  • Edinburgh Napier University internal funding award towards writing peer-reviewed outputs (£2000): 2008
  • Funding Award: Clark Foundation for Legal Education (£3,700): 2007-8


Invited Speaker

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


Membership of Professional Body

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


Non-executive Directorship

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


Public/Community Engagement

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



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


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