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Principal Director

Leanne Abela

Leanne has practised in Family Law for 35 years after having graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts in 1986.

Leanne started as an Articled Clerk at Pearsons and became a Partner in 1991.  Over the years she has acted for a wide variety of clients from all walks of life working closely with them to understand their need to resolve issues regarding their children, finances, child support and business and company interests.  Leanne focuses on implementing innovative and strategic solutions for clients so that they can reach their objectives within the Family Law Act framework.

In 1999 Leanne returned to study and obtained a Graduate Diploma in Family Law Mediation winning the Relationships Australia Award for Family Mediation Service.

Leanne has been recognised on the recommended Doyles List for Family Law & Parenting in 2018 and 2019.

Over the decades and now Leanne continues to volunteer her knowledge and services to various organisations such as community legal centres, Boards of management, executive committees as well as Family Court committees.

Leanne loves quotes and one of her favourites during Covid-19 is by the fashion designer Carla Zampatti who, in response to the challenges of Covid-19 on business, said “That’s the good thing about experience – you don’t panic”.  Leanne credits 35 years’ experience as a solicitor, being in a firm which was established in 1922, almost 100 years ago, and having a great partnership with Joseph Schepis as the touchstone for being able to continue to operate successfully in the practice during Covid-19 challenges.


Beyond Pearsons, Leanne enjoys time with her family, movies (her favourite is Cinema Paradiso) and listening to music.

Qualifications & Memberships

  • Bachelor of Law at Melbourne University (1986)
  • Bachelor of Arts at Melbourne University (1984)
  • Graduate Diploma in Family Law Mediation
  • ‘Most outstanding student’ award in completion of Graduate Diploma in Family Law of Mediation in the Faculty of Law and Management (2000)
  • Member of the Law Institute of Victoria

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