Laura Clapton

Laura Clapton is co-founder of Consilia Legal. Laura established the practice in 2014 with Director 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 is a Director at Consilia Legal and is a highly experienced family solicitor and accredited mediator having worked in family law for over 9 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 the Chair 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 hosts regular talks and 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:-


Consilia Legal is listed on the legal 500 for family law and Laura was named as leading individual as her work as a lawyer and mediator in the local community. The Legal 500 described the firm as “A ‘niche family practice with solid expertise’, Consilia Legal is led by the ‘significant young talent’ Laura Clapton. Clapton focuses on matrimonial finance cases and complex Children Act proceedings, as well as TLATA cases.”

The team have also been recognised for their mediation offering, “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 was shortlisted for Partner of the Year at the Yorkshire legal Awards 2018. Consilia Legal was also shortlisted for small firm of the year, through Laura’s hard work and dedication to the company.

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

“I often recommend Consilia Mediation as they offer a high quality service, regularly take cases at short notice and have helped clients work through issues in a safe environment” Scott Halliday, Solicitor, Irwin Mitchell.

“Laura is a top class mediator and I have no hesitation in referring my clients to her. I am not privy to mediation sessions themselves but Laura’s written follow-up work is always thorough and clear. She is a pleasure to work alongside!” Cheryl Grace, Senior Solicitor, Stowe Family Law

“I would highly recommend Laura as a mediator.  She takes the time to listen to the clients and gain a clear understanding of the issues behind the family dynamics. She provides a constructive way for parties to move forward to make informed decisions as to their futures.” Jane Auty, Partner, Simpson Millar

 “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.

When Laura is not at work she is spending time with her family and friends. Laura enjoys hosting dinner parties at her home and is known for her cooking amongst friends. She also enjoys travelling particularly around Asia 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:

How do I sort finances out on divorce?

Forget “Divorce D-Day” lets call January “Mediation Month”

The Myth of the Common Law Marriage

The Importance of Pensions on Divorce

Why should I sign a Pre-nuptial Agreement?


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