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    Leanne is a Reader in Law and dual qualified solicitor (NZ and England/Wales).  She commenced her legal career as a barrister and solicitor in New Zealand, appearing as counsel in the High Court and junior counsel in the NZ Court of Appeal. Leanne is an employment law specialist and has previously worked at Bradford Metropolitan District Council, Armitage Sykes LLP and one of the United Kingdom’s top law firms, Eversheds LLP. Leanne also worked on the Shipman Inquiry, a public inquiry which examined the crimes of the United Kingdom’s most prolific serial killer, Harold Shipman.

    Leanne’s research interests focus on athletes' employment rights and dispute resolution in elite and professional sport. She was co-investigator in the European Commission-funded EMPLOYS Project, which evaluated good governance in athlete relations in Olympic sports, and is co-investigator in a follow-up project, the SOPROS Project, which examines the social measures extended to elite athletes in Olympic sports.

    Leanne completed her PhD at Trinity College, Dublin and has published in leading sports law and employment law journals, including the Industrial Law Journal, The International Sports Law Journal and the European Competition Law Review. Leanne is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a CEDR-Accredited and CMC Registered Mediator. She was a member of the Sport Resolutions Panel of Arbitrators and Mediators in London between 2012 and 2022, and is an Arbitrator at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne.


    Leanne teaches on the following modules:

    LAW3036 Employment Law

    LAW3054 Alternative Dispute Resolution

    LAW3058 Mediation

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
    • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

    Education/Academic qualification

    LLM First Class Honours, The University of Auckland

    BA/LLB Honours, The University of Auckland

    PhD, Trinity College Dublin

    Other positions

    Arbitrator, Court of Arbitration For Sport

    Member, Premier League Judicial Panel

    Panellist, International Ski and Snowboard Federation (FIS) Ethics Commission

    Investigator, International Orienteering Federation Ethics Panel

    Member, World Netball Governance Committee

    Research Centres

    • Centre for Sports Law Research


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