Leonorah Smith



Children Public Law

She has dealt with cases involving both physical and emotional abuse. This includes serious non-accidental injuries such as multiple fractures, shake and impact head injuries, sexual abuse, neglect and fictitious illness syndrome. She is particularly skilled at dealing with ethnic minorities and those with mental ill-health, personality disorders and learning difficulties.

Child Abduction

She regularly acts for parents who wish to relocate overseas and apply for leave to permanently remove their children from the jurisdiction and for those who wish to resist such applications as well as international child abduction, wardship and forced marriage cases.

Children Private Law

Her expertise includes dealing with cases involving domestic violence, applying and resisting injunctions and occupation orders as well as contact and residence disputes.



Year of call: 1993
Areas of specialism:
  • Child Abduction
  • Children Private Law
  • Children Public Law
  • BA (Surrey)
  • CPE (Sussex)
  • BVC (Inns of Court School of Law)
Professional associations:
  • Family Law Bar Association
Outside Interests:
  • Theatre, gardening, art and travelling.
Notable Cases:
  • B v B (Occupation Order) [1999] 1FLR 715