LLB (Hons) 1st class
Dip LP (Dist)
Lesley-Anne is lecturer in Child and Family Law and the Law of Evidence.
Her research interests lie in the fields of Child and Family Law, Private Law and Children's Rights. Among her most recent publications is her report, 'Balancing the Rights of Parents and Children', commissioned by the Justice Committee of the Scottish Parliament on the current Children (Scotland) Bill. Report (74 pages) and Report Summary (5 Pages) available here:
Other recent published work includes: '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 - an unannounced, but not an unwelcome, development', Edin LR 2018, 22 (1) 101-107; 'Rethinking childhood contributory negligence: ''blame'', ''fault'', but what about Children's Rights?', Jur Rev 2018, 2, 75-97; a series of articles on Family Law reform for the Scots Law Times (2020).
Before joining Edinburgh Napier University, Lesley-Anne practised as 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 as a Child Welfare Reporter and Curator ad Litem in complex family proceedings informs her research.
She currently sits on the University's Early Career Researchers Working Group. From 2013-2015 she sat on the Faculty Academic Strategy and Enhancement Committee ('FASEC'). She has won various teaching ‘Excellence 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 RSE, the Scottish Parliament, 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.