Year of Call 2008
Leanne was called to the Bar in 2008 but subsequently commenced practice as a defence solicitor in 2011, before successfully completing pupillage under the supervision of Mark van der Zwart in 2016.
Leanne achieved an LLB Law degree 2:1 from Nottingham Trent University. She then went on to obtain a ‘Very Competent’ on the Bar Vocational Court at Nottingham Law School.
Following being called to the Bar, Leanne worked at a regional criminal defence firm. Whilst there she gained extensive experience in representing clients in the Magistrates and Youth Court. As a solicitor Leanne had conduct of cases once proceedings began to recover the alleged proceeds of crime. As a result she often represented clients in cases brought by HMRC and Trading Standards.
Since commencing practice at the Bar, Leanne regularly appears in Crown Courts across the Midlands. She has developed her prosecution practice and is a Grade one prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service. She appears in Newton hearings, sentencing hearings as well as appeals against conviction and sentence. She is regularly instructed in proceedings pursuant to the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and is keen to develop her practice in this area.
Leanne is also instructed on behalf of the Probation Service and Royal Mail. She is frequently instructed by Local Authorities in private prosecutions. This has involved her drafting and advancing legal arguments. In relation to her Local Authority work, she has been described as a “very safe pair of hands” and “technically very sound“.
Leanne is keen to continue her defence practice and build upon her experience with vulnerable defendants gained from previously being both a solicitor and a police station representative, She has a great deal of trial experience in the Magistrates and Youth Court and regularly deals with cases involving domestic violence, dishonesty and sexual offences.