Leslie is an exceptional advocate and is held in high esteem for his expertise in children work both in public and private law cases, in financial remedies cases and in inheritance and probate disputes. He has 28 years of experience as a barrister and took Silk in 2011. In 2012 he was appointed as a Family Recorder on the South Eastern Circuit and in 2016 he was appointed as a Deputy High Court Judge sitting as a s.9 Judge of the Family Division in London and the South East.
Recent comments include:
2017 Chambers and Partners: Advises on the full range of family law issues, representing clients in public and private children matters, as well as in matrimonial finance cases. He is able to oversee ADR procedures as well as handle litigation.
Strengths: "He is highly authoritative, especially when it comes to cases concerning non-accidental injury in children." "He is hard-working, conscientious and a quietly assertive advocate."
2016 Legal 500: ‘Calm, patient and thoughtful.’
2016 Chambers and Partners: Has considerable experience in tackling high-profile matrimonial disputes, many of which have involved children law aspects. He often appears in London as well as on the Western Circuit.
Strengths: “He thinks his cases and tactics through very carefully. He is a very hard worker and is someone who is always thoroughly prepared.”
2015 Legal 500: “He has a calming influence, which encourages constructive dialogue.”
2015 Chambers and Partners: “Very insightful, and supportive of the client”
2014 Chambers and Partners: “praised for his attention to detail and his easy-going manner”. "Highly regarded in the region for his expertise in family matters across the board”
2013 Chambers and Partners: "well versed in family matters and is held in high esteem for his expertise in family finance and children work in both the public and private spheres. Sources are highly impressed with his advocacy capabilities."
Within Chambers he is Head of the Children Team and Head of the Civil Team. Until recently he was an elected committee member of the Family Law Bar Association and was Chair of the Money and Property Committee. He is an ADR qualified mediator and an IFLA trained arbitrator.