Alison Leivesley

Alison Leivesley

Alison Leivesley

Member Partner/Head of Family Department

Alison specialises in all aspects of the law relating to children. She has particular interest in domestic abuse, forced marriage, so called honour based violence and female genital mutilation (FGM) issues. Alison regularly represents parents in complex care proceedings including those involving international elements and where non-accidental injury, serious physical abuse, or sexual abuse of the chid has been alleged, and cases with parallel criminal proceedings.  Alison has experience in acting in private and public law cases where there are issues of potential radicalisation.

She regularly provides training in these areas of children law for other lawyers and advice agencies.

Area of specialismComplex public and private children law; and domestic abuse, including forced marriage and so called honour based violence.

Accreditations: The Law Society’s Advanced Family Law Panel in children law private and violence in the home; Resolution accredited specialist in domestic  abuse, forced marriage and honour based violence,  and children law – public and private; LAPG Certificate in Practice Management

Notable cases/awards:

Re O (child abduction: custody rights) [1997] 2FLR702

Re A (Change of name) [2003] 2FLR1

Re S (a child) [2012] Lawtel/AC9201031

The London Borough of Tower Hamlets v M [2015] EWHC 869 (Fam)

Panel memberships: Resolution; Association of Lawyers for Children; Associate member of NAGALRO; Association of Women Solicitors; Legal Aid Practitioners Group; Affiliate member of Chartered Management Institute


Alison is listed in independent legal directories Chamber sand Partners and the Legal 500

The department is listed in Chambers UK Guide Band 1 for Children: Public Law matters and Alison is listed as a notable practitioner. The 2017 Edition says Alison “heads the public law practice and has significant expertise in cases involving FGM, forced marriage and 'honour'-based violence. She is described as a "fantastic lawyer" who is "completely committed" and "can make really complicated law very easy for people to understand."

Alison is listed as a key individual in 2016 Edition of Legal 500 described as ‘totally committed to her clients

Publications: Contributed to LNTV Family: Domestic Abuse - Injunctive Relief; Contributor to London Borough of Tower Hamlets Multi Agency guidelines on domestic violence and no recourse to public funds

Thank you very much for helping my children and me in this depressing situation. You made it possible to find a new home for them to keep them safe. Thank you for your reliability understanding and patience.

This was a superb service.
It was a very difficult time for me with complicated child care issues. You help with good positive support and advice and information. Thank you.