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Leanne Smith

Leanne Smith

Leanne’s latest project is the ‘Family Dispute Resolution Toolkit’ working with Janet Smithson and Teignbridge Citizens Advice to produce an app that will enable individuals to take practical and informed steps to resolve private family law disputes. Her research themes within the network mainly focus on family justice.



Smith L and Hitchings E (2019). Professionals and partisans: lessons for family lawyers from a study of fee-charging McKenzie Friends. Child and Family Law Quarterly, 19(4): 343-364. 

Smith L (2019). Representations of family justice in online communities. In Maclean M, Dijksterhuis B (Eds.) Digital Family Justice from Alternative Dispute Resolution to Online Dispute Resolution?. Hart Publishing, 


Smith L (2018). Tangling the web of legal parenthood: legal responses to the use of known donors in lesbian parenting arrangements. Legal Studies, 33(3): 355-381.  

Smith L (2018). The development of parent/child relationships in Family Law: the Cascade of Change. In Douglas G, Murch M and Stephens V (Eds.) International and National Perspectives on Child and Family Law Essays in Honour of Nigel Lowe. Intersentia.  


Smith L, Hitchings E and Sefton M (2017). A study of fee-charging McKenzie Friends and their work in private family law cases. The Bar Council.

Smith L, Hitchings E and Sefton M (2017). Fee-charging McKenzie Friends in private family law cases: key findings from the research report. Family Law, 47, 971-977.