Laura Clapton

Laura Clapton is co-founder of Consilia Legal. Laura established the practice in 2014 with Director Marie Walsh as they wanted to deliver 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 our 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 10 years. Laura advises and assists individuals in all aspects of private family law with a particular emphasis on high net worth matrimonial finance cases and complex Children Act proceedings.

Laura has particular experience in dealing with cases involving complex financial structures, businesses and overseas assets. Laura is also regularly instructed by the Official Solicitor in London on cases where a client lacks capacity.

Laura regularly deals with divorce cases where assets are valued at over £1,000,000 with her most notable case involving business assets estimated to be worth more than £30,000,000.

Laura also advises on pre and post nuptial agreements which involve assets over £1,000,000.

Laura understands how important the client, lawyer relationship is. 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 trained to speak to children as part of the mediation process.

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:-


Laura is proud to be ranked in Chambers and Partners as a notable practitioner for her expertise in family law. Laura is also recognised Nationally in The Times top 200 law firms 2020.

Consilia Legal is listed in 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.

Consilia Legal’s knowledge and understanding of the subject matter, consideration for its clients, each other and the referring solicitors is exemplary.

Consilia is committed to client service – it has a very modern outlook and approach which is very impressive‘.

The practice is young and energetic and is absolutely making its way in Leeds with practitioners of considerable expertise. The team members are friendly, professional, straightforward and always to hand.


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 and the team have been an incredible help in my divorce. Through a very difficult time they have always been on hand to offer exceptional advice and assistance. I have always felt reassured by their professionalism and care. Thank You”

“Thanks Laura and team at Consilia Legal. Great service and such a pragmatic and human approach to the legal system. Fitted really well with my personal values. Truly aimed at being conciliatory rather than adversarial”.

“Excellent service from Laura Clapton guiding me through a difficult divorce process. Super efficient, professional and carries out the work with understanding and compassion for your situation. Would highly recommend and have already recommended.”

“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:

Can I be made to sell my business on divorce?

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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