Leanne has over 20 years’ experience acting in various complex commercial disputes, these include:

  • Contractual and shareholder disputes.
  • Unfair prejudice petitions.
  • Fraudulent and negligent misrepresentation cases.
  • Complex trust and contentious probate matters.
  • Acting for several insurers in subrogated recovery claims against individuals who have committed fraud.
  • Asset recovery cases.
  • Bringing and defending preference and undervalue claims.
  • Acting in matters involving high-profile sports and entertainment personalities in relation to contractual disputes and defamation, as well as advising on various social media issues. The sports and entertainment issues involve both High Court proceedings and Arbitrations.
  • Acting in matters involving urgent injunction applications, as well as contempt of court proceedings and breach of injunctions.

Leanne also acts in the lands tribunal, representing various parties including court appointed managers and leaseholders in high value applications. She also has extensive knowledge of the Law of Agency, having been involved in one of the leading cases on Agency.

Many of Leanne’s cases involve cross boarder jurisdictional matters in Europe and the USA.

Leanne fully empathises with the client and the client’s needs are at the forefront when it comes to resolving disputes.

Market recognition

  • Recommended lawyer for 'Commercial litigation: Manchester (North West)' The Legal 500 UK 2024
  • Recommended lawyer for 'Commercial litigation: Manchester (North West)' The Legal 500 UK 2023

Work highlights

  • Conway v Prince Arthur Ikpechukwu EZE [2018] EWHC 29 (Ch) and [2019] EWCA Civ 88 - Acting for Mr & Mrs Conway in relation to a claim for breach of contract against Prince Eze concerning Prince Eze’s failure to complete the purchase of their residential property. Prince Eze defended the claim, alleging that the Conway's had paid a secret commission to the Prince’s agent, and thus the contract was null and void. The Conway's were successful at first instance, and then successfully defended Prince Eze’s appeals to both the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.
  • Evans v Nicholson & Others [2021] EWHC 2661 (Ch) - Acting for Paul Nicholson, Steven Reid, Jamie Grant and ECI Cumbria Limited in defence to a claim by Paul Evans that the clients had started ECI Cumbria (a company that Paul Evans was not a shareholder in) with the sole intention of removing business from Electrical Control Installations Limited  (a company that Paul Evans was a shareholder in) and thus causing Paul Evans a loss. The claim was complex and involved various allegations by Paul Evans of several “conspiracies” committed by the clients. The clients successfully defended the claim, and the case is a useful summary of the steps that directors can take should they wish to set up a new business.
  • Acting for a Premier League Footballer in the defence of a claim by the former Agent for breach of contract. The claim proceeded to arbitration where the case ultimately settled.
  • Acting for a Premier League Footballer and successfully defending an allegation by the FA that the Footballer had brought the game into disrepute following a social media post.
  • Acting for several beneficiaries to a high value and complex Trust and successfully arranging the removal of Trustees and appointment of new Professional Trustees.
  • Acting for a former partner of a high net worth individual who brought a claim for reasonable financial provision from his estate. The claim settled on very favourable terms, and involved assets located in the UK and also various other jurisdictions.