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Anna Burton and Leanne Smith

Coles Miller Strengthens Its Family Law Department24th Jul 2020

by on 24th Jul 2020

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Increasing demand for divorce and dissolution of civil partnerships has prompted Coles Miller to strengthen its family law team by recruiting solicitor Anna Burton and legal secretary Leanne Smith.

Anna is based at Coles Miller’s Bournemouth office. She is experienced in dealing with all types of family matters including:

  • divorce and dissolution of civil partnerships
  • matrimonial and non-matrimonial finances
  • separation agreements
  • private law children matters
  • Special Guardianship Orders
  • protection from domestic abuse (including Non-molestation and Occupation Orders)
  • change of name.

Anna regularly conducts advocacy in the Family Court. She has dealt with a number of complex children matters including cases with an international aspect, for example children being abducted and taken across an international border by a parent.

Anna is a member of Resolution, a national organisation of family lawyers committed to following a non-confrontational and constructive approach to resolving family issues.

Leanne previously worked for a law firm in South Africa where – aside from her legal secretarial/personal assistant role – she was also responsible for:

  • social media
  • building client relationships
  • sourcing new business. 

Before that, Leanne ran her own company conducting forensic, private and trademark investigations. She worked closely with brand holders, customs and border police to reduce the amount of counterfeit goods being imported into South Africa.

She was also involved in the property market and the conveyancing side of law for many years.

For more information, contact Coles Miller Bournemouth family law solicitor Anna Burton.