Welcome to Leishman Legal

Welcome to Leishman Legal

About Leishman Legal

We are a trusted established law firm with a reputation for excellence, and for providing timely advice and assistance for all family law matters.

Our principal has Trans-Tasman dual qualifications and practising certificates with significant experience and knowledge in both Australian and New Zealand family court jurisdictions.

We have strong advocacy skills and focus on assisting clients from all backgrounds to resolve their family law issues in a dignified and cost-effective manner. We value communication and transparency, making sure that we hear your story, your issues and objectives, as we work towards reaching practical and tailored legal solutions for you and your family.

Our Services

What Our Clients Say About Us

As a client of Vanessa’s for about 3 years I found her to be extremely good at her job. She is knowledgeable in her area obviously but her communication with me was brilliant. Given it is usually an emotional situation it was refreshing to get answers quickly and directly. I have found this hard to replace so realise how good she was and is.


I first consulted with Leishman Legal 6 years ago. I was living with DV, and the threat of my 2 young children being taken overseas. Initially I was terrified, but when I met with Vanessa she walked me through every step of the process of separation. She was honest and direct, which I really needed- it helped me to navigate the worst period of my life. Vanessa is a wonderful communicator. She was always willing to listen to my fears and assess them logically. She was truly nurturing in her guidance, while always remaining professional. For a lawyer, Vanessa possesses an enormous degree of compassion and kindness. You can tell that she is passionate about Family Law, and she genuinely seeks the best outcome. She worked tirelessly to keep myself and my children safe. Her knowledge of Family Law and DV is extremely impressive, and I felt comfortable with her counsel at all times. She persevered, seeing any setbacks as opportunities to further assist me. Most importantly, Vanessa’s guidance has empowered me to be able to make difficult decisions moving forward, and to navigate them with calm confidence. My life is now my own to live, and Vanessa was truly a catalyst for this. I recommend Leishman Legal, for any legal services you may require.


Vanessa worked on my family matter for two years. She got us the right result. She went way way above and beyond what anyone could reasonably expect of a lawyer in her role, bending over backwards to get the job done even outside business hours and for a prolonged period of time. Over the time it became clear to me that she did so with my kids’ best interests at heart and she genuinely cared. A rare human indeed. I cannot thank her enough or recommend her highly enough.


Vanessa represented me in a family matter for nearly a year and with her guidance we were able to achieve a positive outcome for my son and I. I really valued Vanessa’s honesty and dedication. She didn’t sugar coat anything, always made herself available and handled my case with nothing but professionalism. Most importantly she took the time to understand my purpose which meant we were on the same page and focused on the same outcome. Thank you Vanessa!


I cannot speak more highly of the team at Leishman Legal. Their professionalism, assistance and overall service surpassed my expectations.

Anytime I had questions or required assistance, they were easily accessible and prompt to respond.

I was only ever provided with realistic expectations and clear and articulate explanations, without the legal jargon.

I always received straightforward advice, with clear outlines of processes, potential outcomes or risks and steps to be taken along the way.

Their high level of knowledge and efficiency in resolving the many situations that arose provided me with a high level of trust in their team and gave me peace of mind knowing I was in the best legal hands possible.

There is no other legal team that will work harder for you.


Thank you Mark and Vanessa for your professionalism and hard work with my property settlement and adhoc legal matters. Mark and Vanessa were approachable, compassionate, up-front and patient. I felt very safe and respected whenever I contacted Leishman Legal. They provided exceptional service and advice, I felt confident in their opinion and instruction. The fees were reasonable and always explained. Mark and Vanessa also assisted in recommending other professional services during my settlement which was helpful at an incredibly stressful time. I am extremely grateful for your commitment and effort. I would not be in the financial position I am now without you. Thank you from T and my two little boys. I highly recommend Leishman Legal.


Thank you so much for your help and guidance over the last few years. You have been amazing! I really appreciate all your hard work and helping me through one of the toughest seasons of my life. You are an exceptional lawyer. So thorough and have given great advice and direction in helping me get through some tough decisions.

Thank you once again from myself and my family also.


Leishman Legal are a professional and caring firm.  Mark and Vanessa achieved a great outcome for us.  We would highly recommend their services to others. 


Engaging Mark and Vanessa to handle my financial separation was the best decision I made in what is always a difficult time. The anxiety and stress I was under prior to handing over to the Leishman team was overwhelming and this immediately resolved my angst and gave me a sense of calm and control over the situation I was dealing with. Mark and Vanessa are an incredibly professional, knowledgeable and talented team, but even more importantly they actually care about the outcome, are understanding and always working in my best interests in a fair, empathetic and transparent way. I can’t thank or recommend them enough. 


Going through a divorce for any reason is stressful and difficult to navigate all the legal requirements. I was recommended Leishman Legal by a friend and they really made the whole process very easy and straight forward. They were prompt , reliable and not interested in escalating tensions between the parties. This resulted in a far better outcome for both parties with minimal confrontation. Their fees are very reasonable. I would happily recommend them. 


The prospect of finding a lawyer for my divorce as a woman who was normally independent and confident as a person was a somewhat daunting task, I had started to accept the status quo of a loveless marriage, but I also knew that I needed freedom from a marriage that had become lonely, unhappy and closely on the edge of developing domestic violence. 

I researched a few lawyers, I spoke to Vanessa Leishman over the phone, she was not only lovely but very switched on with an ethical intuitive sense of knowing how to support me immediately. 

From the moment I walked into the Leishman legal office, I was greeted by two of the loveliest lawyers whom were both friendly but had that edge of no nonsense “we work for you” work ethic. I felt supported and empowered to move forward from my disconnected marriage that left me feeling numb and emotionally fragile. 

Both Mark & Vanessa worked hard for me, they listened to my need to find an amicable resolution.  They took the complication of divorce proceedings and turned it into a walk in the park, whilst also making sure that I was supported and safe throughout the process. I couldn’t recommend a better team of lawyers to work that ensured that I was well looked after.  Thank you Mark and Vanessa for looking after me so well.