Alison Leivesley


Alison specialises in all aspects of the law relating to children. Before joining Freemans, she was the head of the family department in a well-known and highly respected practice.

Alison joined Freemans in 2019. She has a particular interest in domestic abuse, forced marriage, so called ‘honour’ based violence and female genital mutilation (FGM) issues. Alison regularly represents parents in complex care proceedings including those involving international elements and where non accidental injury, serious physical abuse, or sexual abuse of children has been alleged, and cases with parallel criminal proceedings. Alison has experience of acting in private and public law children cases where there are issues of potential radicalisation. She also acts in cases where one parent is seeking to relocate outside of England and Wales with their child. Alison acts for parents in proceedings where there is a dispute with treating doctors as to what treatment a child should receive

Alison provides training in these areas for other professionals, including other lawyers, social workers and advice agencies.


  • Resolution Accredited Specialist in public law children, private law children, domestic abuse, forced marriage and honour based violence
  • Law Society Family Law Advanced Accreditation in private law children, violence in the home

Panel memberships

  • Resolution
  • Association of Lawyers for Children
  • Associate member of NAGALRO
  • Association of Women Solicitors
  • Legal Aid Practitioners Group
  • Affiliate Member of Chartered Management Institute


Alison is listed in independent legal directories Chambers UK Guide and the Legal 500

Alison is listed as a ranked individual in Chambers UK 2020 and described as being held in high esteem as a “highly competent and client focused “ solicitor who has a “calm and collected manner”

Alison is listed as a leading individual in Legal 500 2020

Reported cases:

Re O (child abduction: custody rights) [1997] 2 FLR 702

Re A (change of name) [ 2003] 2 FLR 1

Re S (a child) [2012] Lawtel/AC 9201031

The London Borough of Tower Hamlets v M [2015] EWHC 869 (Fam)


Contributor to LNTV Family: domestic abuse – injunctive relief; contributor to London Borough of Tower Hamlets Multi Agency Guidelines on domestic violence and no recourse to public funds; contributor to Female Genital Mutilation: Law and Practice by Zimran Samual; editor for Lexis PSL on domestic abuse

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