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Emma Leavesley Emma Leavesley

Emma Leavesley


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Emma advises on all aspects of matrimonial law including divorce and matrimonial finances and pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements. Her client base spans from individuals with smaller asset bases to those with assets of up to £4 million. Emma has represented clients in cases which have involved multiple properties, business assets, agricultural property, pre-acquired assets and contribution arguments.

Her practice extends to advising unmarried clients on issues relating to property and children. She advises on Cohabitation Agreements and the current position in law for unmarried couples in relation to property and financial provision for children. Emma advises on Trust of Land Claims including property owned in joint names cases, sole name cases and on the doctrine of proprietary estoppel. Emma is regularly instructed to advise family members who have contributed to property which is subject to divorce proceedings.

She regularly advises on the arrangements for children following separation including disputes regarding living and visiting arrangements. This sees her representing clients in court proceedings when disputes are not resolved outside of court. Emma has acted for clients in complex matters including where one parent has been subjected to severe domestic violence, where allegations of harm have been made against a parent, where there has been implacable hostility to contact and where a parent has substance abuse issues.

Emma is a Resolution Accredited Specialist in Complex Financial Remedies (low to middle income households) and in Private Law Children.

Career Highlights

  • Advising a client in divorce and financial proceedings where a property had been purchased by the client’s family and where the divorcing couple had little other assets. Successfully negotiated an agreement outside of court, under which the client was able to retain the property as part of the settlement.
  • Acted for a client who was unmarried and had a property dispute with his former partner. The parties had previously been unable to reach an agreement and Emma successfully negotiated a settlement for her client which saw him obtain his desired outcome.
  • Acting for a husband in divorce proceedings in a complex case involving inherited agricultural property. The case involved the dissolution of a partnership and complex issues including inherited property and contributions arguments.
  • Uncovering assets which had not been properly disclosed within divorce and financial proceedings which increased the assets base available for division to the benefit of the client.
  • Acting for a parent who had been subject to allegations of domestic violence and was being refused any time with their child. Advised and represented the parent in court proceedings with contact being resumed from the first hearing. The case concluded successfully within six months which saw the client obtain significant time including overnights and holiday periods with their child.

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