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.