Leesa is a Partner of Churchers and a Chartered Legal Executive with over 27 years of experience in family law. Leesa joined the firm in 1998 and appointed a partner in 2019.
Leesa establishes a good rapport with her clients and is frequently recommended by her previous clients. As a consequence of her high standards of work, in 2015 she was shortlisted in the national Family Law Awards as Chartered Legal Executive of the Year.
Leesa’s straight talking approach assists in identifying the likely order that the court will make and she is highly motivated to achieve the best outcome for the client in the most cost effective way possible. In cases where court proceedings are inevitable Leesa is very focussed on resolving the case to reduce the emotional impact upon the client.
It has been Leesa’s mission for some time to train, assist and encourage young lawyers to maintain the same ethos in respect of resolving family disputes in a non-confrontational way. Since 2014 Leesa has mentored law students at the University of Portsmouth and is an active Partner within the firm training new fee earners within the family team
Leesa supervises two members of the family team and continues to mentor the young lawyers who trained with her.
Leesa is a Resolution Accredited Specialist and specialises in financial proceedings in divorce, she has achieved the high standards set by Resolution to achieve accreditation as a specialist family lawyer with particular focus on complex high net worth cases since 2014. Due to her high standard of work and her aim to negotiate on amicable terms to avoid court proceedings (following the Resolution strict code of conduct), Leesa was re-accredited on the 12th January 2019. To achieve accreditation each family lawyer must meet and maintain the high standards set by Resolution and provide examples of their level of experience. Resolution is a national organisation of family lawyers committed to non-confrontational divorce, separation and other family problems. As a member of Resolution, Leesa is committed to resolving family disputes in a constructive, sensitive and cost-effective way.
Leesa supports local charities and worked closely with a domestic abuse charity supporting victims of domestic abuse by being a trustee of the charity. Leesa continues to maintain strong links with the charity and advises clients upon injunction proceedings. In addition Leesa supports Advice Portsmouth You Trust, a charity providing advice and support to residents in Portsmouth and the Portsmouth Citizens Advice Bureau.
As Leesa identified a need to provide free legal advice to those in need in the community Leesa set up a drop in Service at the Portsmouth and Ryde offices. As a consequence of the drop in service the firm was nominated for many awards for their community based service.
Leesa feels passionately about family law and has provided voluntary support to the founder of Jigsaw Family Support based in Ryde on the Isle of Wight which is a community based child-focused organisation working with parents affected by family separation.
Her work is supervised by partners in the Family and Child Law team.