LLB (Hons) 1st class (University of Glasgow, Bennett Miller Prize)
Dip LP (Dist)
Lesley-Anne teaches Child and Family Law, Children's Rights Law and the Law of Evidence. She is leading on the development of the forthcoming Research Centre for Child and Family Law and Policy.
Lesley-Anne's research interests lie in the fields of Child and Family Law, Children's Rights and Scots Private Law. She presents her research at international academic events hosted by, e.g., Stellenbosch University (Invited speaker, 2015), the University of Cambridge (Invited speaker, 2019) and the University of Bergen (Keynote, 2021). Lesley-Anne also contributes to discussion and debate about Scottish law reform. She has acted as lead on several research projects and has wide-ranging experience in organising cross-disciplinary conferences and workshops.
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 to the judiciary on behalf of the Judicial Institute throughout 2021. She delivers CPD on aspects of Family Law reform (in 2021, Scottish Legal Aid Board; Harper Macleod).
Lesley-Anne is a participant in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child Implementation Project (CRC-IP), which explores implementation of the CRC and comparative contexts. She is a member of the Advisory Group to the Scottish Law Commission on Cohabitation Law Reform. She sits on the Law Society of Scotland Board of Examiners as Examiner in Family Law.
A full list of her publications can be found in the 'Outputs' section. Examples of published work include: her co-edited book, '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); 'Rethinking childhood contributory negligence: ''blame'', ''fault'', but what about Children's Rights?', Juridical Review (2018); a series of articles on Family Law reform for Scots Law Times and in 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. Lesley-Anne is also a member of the Business School Research Integrity Committee. She previously sat on the Faculty Academic Strategy and Enhancement Committee.
Lesley-Anne is experienced in teaching a wide-range of LLB subjects. She is regularly nominated for and has won 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). Enabled by an award from the Clark Foundation for Legal Education (2021), she is currently leading on piloting an LLB student Research Internship Programme.
Her research activities have been supported by the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Scottish Parliament, the Judicial Institute for Scotland, the Faculty of Advocates, the Law Society of Scotland and The Clark Foundation for Legal Education. 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.
Lesley-Anne welcomes enquiries and applications from potential PhD students in her research areas.