Laura Clapton – Family Law Director & Mediator
Laura Clapton co-founded Consilia Legal with Employment Solicitor Marie Walsh as they wanted to offer a more personal service which is tailored around each individual client’s needs. The ethos is the firm is to achieve the best outcome for clients in the most cost efficient way.
Laura Clapton is a Director at Consilia Legal and is a highly experienced family solicitor and mediator having worked in family law for over 8 years. Laura advises and assists individuals in all aspects of private family law with a particular emphasis on mid to high net worth matrimonial finance cases and complex Children Act proceedings.
Laura understands how important it is for an individual to have a strong rapport with their legal adviser and be able to have an honest and open relationship. This is why Laura offers a free consultation to all new clients so that they feel comfortable with Laura’s approach before entering into a professional relationship.
Laura is a committee member and dispute resolution representative of Resolution (North and West Yorkshire). As a member of Resolution, Laura abides by a Code of Practice and is committed to the constructive resolution of family issues and considers the needs of the whole family, in particular the best needs of any children involved.
Laura is also an accredited family mediator. Laura has trained local Magistrates and Legal Advisors on the role that mediation plays within family disputes and regular talks and hosts seminars on the topic of mediation.
Laura is known for providing the highest level of client care. Laura takes a constructive and non-confrontational approach to cases, whilst ensuring she is robust and focuses on achieving the best possible results for her clients.
Laura advises and assists individuals in all aspects of private family law including:-
- Civil Partnership Dissolution;
- Same Sex Relationships;
- Financial Settlements;
- Child Arrangements;
- Special Guardianship;
- Pre and Post nuptial agreements;
- Separation Agreement;
- Cohabitation Agreements;
- Cohabitee Disputes;
- Domestic Violence;
- International Family Law;
- Family Mediation
In 2017 Consilia Legal was listed on the legal 500 for family law and Laura was named as leading individual as her work as a mediator in the local community. The Legal 500 reported that “Consilia Legal has quickly cemented its reputation as ‘dominant in the field of mediation in Leeds’, with many clients viewing it as their ‘first choice for mediators’…The firm’s holistic approach to mediation is singled out, as is its level of service, which ‘regularly goes over and above that which is expected’.”
Laura has been shortlisted for Partner of the Year through the Yorkshire legal Awards 2018 and the winner will be announced on the 11th October 2018. Consilia Legal has also been shortlisted for the small business of the year award, through Laura’s hard work and dedication to the company.
There have been many challenges faced by mediation services over the last 4 years due to cuts to legal aid and individuals struggling to find access to justice, something which Laura discussed with Modern Law Magazine. As a family mediator, Laura has fought very hard to bring mediation to the forefront of the agenda from training local magistrates, hosting seminars for family practitioners, promoting mediation in written publications such as the law gazette and local radio. Laura also created a dedicated website to provide the public with as much information as possible about mediation (www.consiliamediation.co.uk).
Here are some comments from clients and referrers about Laura’s work as a director and also a family practitioner:
“Laura’s advice with my divorce was outstanding. Laura was professional, friendly, concise and very clear in explaining my divorce proceedings. Highly recommend Laura without reservation” Mrs S, Wakefield
“Laura has been a pleasure to work with. Throughout my journey Laura has been so supportive and understanding whilst helping me to keep strong and make informed decisions. Always the consummate professional Laura dealt with the challenges being thrown at us and the frustrating delays caused by the other party, with a steely determination to ensure that a fair settlement was met, whilst working hard to avoid me incurring significant unnecessary legal fees. I would not hesitate to recommend Laura and Consilia Legal to anyone. Thank you so much Laura for all your support.” Mr M, Leeds
“Laura is a dynamic, extremely approachable and forward-thinking Director. She goes the extra mile for all of her clients and is very conscientious and Client focused. It’s been a pleasure to work with Laura and the rest of the team at Consilia and I will always recommend her services.” Melanie Hartley, Former employee and Partner at Ridley and Hall.
As a Director, it is important to Laura for there to be a strong team culture at Consilia Legal and for all members of the practice to work together for the benefit of clients and to promote a happy and healthy work life balance. As such she organises regular team nights out which have recently included the Escape Rooms, Ice skating and Oxygen trampoline park.
Laura takes her corporate responsibility very seriously and has organised charity events such as races, charity baking and Xmas gift appeals. Laura has established a partnership with a local school in a deprived area of Leeds. The children were desperate for a table tennis set for the playground but the school didn’t have the funding so Laura agreed for Consilia Legal to fund the equipment and organised for the team to go into the school and volunteer with the children.
When Laura is not at work she is spending time with her family and friends. Laura enjoys hosting at her home and is known for her cooking amongst friends. She also enjoys travelling and experiencing new cultures. Laura tries to keep active and enjoys running and taking part in charity races.
Read Laura’s latest blogs on family law: