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Deborah Leask
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Deborah Leask

Partner, Solicitor & Joint Head of Family
Family Law , LGBT+ Legal Advice , Mediation

My Approach

I have a constructive and pragmatic approach to resolving family disputes and to finding creative ways to overcome obstacles in negotiations. I use my expertise as a family mediator and collaborative family lawyer to try to avoid litigation and achieve a negotiated settlement, if possible. Where necessary, I use my skills as a litigator, acquired over many years of practice as a family lawyer, to achieve a fair outcome.

Areas of Expertise

  • All aspects of divorce.
  • Complex financial issues arising from the breakdown of marriage, cohabitation or civil partnership.
  • Matters involving the valuation and sharing of pensions
  • Division of family owned businesses following the breakdown of a relationship.
  • Representing high net worth clients.
  • Forensic analysis of complex finances.
  • Mediating issues relating to finance, future arrangements for children and any other issues arising upon divorce or separation.

Recent Work

Examples include representing clients in the following scenarios:-

  • Forensic examination of a family company to achieve an accurate valuation and fair division of the business.
  • The matrimonial capital was modest but one party had substantial income resources through family discretionary trusts.
  • Client’s ex spouse had failed to disclose very valuable share options at the time of the separation and division of capital, many years earlier.
  • Wives of professional footballers with very large salaries but short careers.
  • Non-disclosure of large dividends due to be received shortly after settlement. Involved re-opening the original Court Order.
  • Mediating matters which involve the division of family companies, undervalued final salary pensions and foreign property.

Experience, Professional Associations and Qualifications

  • Qualified as a solicitor in January 1990
  • Became Partner of the firm in 2004
  • Recognised as a notable practitioner for being 'a tough negotiator' and providing 'sensible and practical advice; she knows when to settle and when to fight' - Chambers & Partners Guide UK 2020.
  • Recognised in The Times Top 200 Law Firms 2020
  • Ranked as a leading family lawyer in the south coast by Chambers UK (2018) - “Deborah comes recommended for her expertise in complex financial disputes and pensions issues”. “She is highly experienced and practical, with a good client manner”.
  • Recommended lawyer by the Legal 500 (UK 2019) as 'experienced and approachable' and 'excellent with clients'.
  • Recommended lawyer by The Legal 500 (UK 2017) specifically noted for her having 'a wonderful manner with her clients, while being robust '.
  • LLB (Hons) Law Degree obtained in 1986
  • Solicitors Finals passed with honours in 1987
  • Qualified as a family mediator with Resolution in 1996
  • Gained accreditation (in advanced finance and pensions) through Resolution in 2000
  • Trained and qualified as a collaborative family lawyer in 2007
  • Achieved accreditation as a family mediator with the Law Society in 2016
  • Member of Resolution
  • Member of Phoenix Mediation
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Reviews
“I couldn’t speak more favourably of Deborah Leask, who dealt with my particular case. A capable family lawyer who takes control of actions and keeps you informed at each stage. ” Ms Lloyd
“With your expert knowledge and support you helped make the whole process bearable, understandable and the outcome exactly where I wanted it to be. I came out of the meeting feeling contented and fully supported by you. ” Mrs C