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Call: 1996

Daniel Leafe

Albion Chambers

Broad Street Bristol BS1 1DR

  • Overview

    Daniel Leafe’s practice is exclusively in family law; “one of the best juniors in the West” Chambers and Partners. He undertakes a broad range of work within this field with an emphasis on matrimonial finance and cohabitation cases.

Daniel Leafe


  • The Encyclopaedia of Financial Provision in Family Matters – Sweet and Maxwell
  • Essential Family Practice (Finance Volume) – Butterworths
  • Atkin’s Court Forms – Butterworths


“Daniel is exceptional; he’s a brilliant advocate and he has an ability to persuade and convince.”

“Daniel is a force to be reckoned with. He always strives to ensure he obtains the best outcome for his clients and he is a formidable advocate in the courtroom.”

“Daniel is a robust and highly effective advocate who is always well prepared.”

Chambers and Partners 2024 

‘Dan is a very quick thinker on his feet, particularly with regard to mathematical calculations which is a key skill to have in financial remedy work. He argues clearly both in his written submissions and in court and always ensures he has the evidence to support his position.’

Legal 500 2024

‘Daniel is highly experienced, knowledgeable and confident.’

‘He can cut through a case and its nuances with ease, and just gets it.’

‘He is a force to be reckoned with when he is on his feet in court, but considerate and thoughtful with his clients.’

Chambers and Partners 2023

‘Daniel is a phenomenal advocate who is able to think on his feet. A firm negotiator, who is very comfortable against silks.’

Legal 500 2023 

“He is extremely good with figures and has a vast intellectual capacity yet at the same time is able to work at the speed of the clients’ understanding.” “He is an extremely effective advocate and great on strategy. He’s also great to work with, as he is responsive and helpful prior to and post hearings.”
Chambers and Partners 2022

“An excellent communicator, extremely persuasive, and gives vulnerable clients confidence” “technically exceptional – no one touches him for unravelling business and pension assets”.
Legal 500 2022

“Extensively experienced family practitioner admired by sources for his knowledge of family finance law and his advocacy skills. He is frequently instructed in financial disputes involving pre-matrimonial and foreign assets, as well as TOLATA cases.” “A very bright, incisive advocate and adviser who cuts to the critical issues and develops good rapport with clients.” “He is always self-assured, capable of thinking outside the box and finding solutions that others don’t see.”
Chambers and Partners 2021

“Strengths are technical excellence, one of the best of his generation. Pragmatic, realistic advice that is spot on, real understanding of complex business and pension assets. Stands out amongst peers for speed of thoughts. Prepared to roll up his sleeves and get stuck in to solve issues. Gets lay clients on side very quickly.”
Legal 500 2021

“Widely respected for his expert handling of complex financial disputes, Daniel Leafe focuses on cohabitation and matrimonial finance issues. He earns commendations from instructing solicitors for his robust advocacy and commercial awareness.” “He’s quick to grasp the essentials of cases and has impeccable attention to detail.” “A robust and assertive advocate, with excellent knowledge regarding technical cases.”
Chambers and Partners 2020

“He is a very strong and forceful barrister. He has good attention to detail and is hard-working. You always get good service from him.” “Very bright and knowledgeable.”
Chambers and Partners 2019

“Noted for his expertise in cohabitation cases.”
Legal 500 2019

“Recommended in Band 1.”
Chambers and Partners 2018

“Experienced in cohabitation cases.”
Legal 500 2017

“Widely respected for his expert handling of complex financial disputes, Daniel Leafe focuses on cohabitation and matrimonial finance issues. He wins warm praise for the strength of his advocacy and ability to think outside the box.” “A determined and skilled advocate with a vast knowledge of case law.” “He is always thoroughly prepared and has a stylish approach to his advocacy that impresses clients and solicitors alike.”
Chambers and Partners 2017

“Intellectually very able but also an excellent communicator.”
Legal 500 2016

“He is always thoroughly prepared and has a stylish approach to his advocacy that impresses clients and solicitors alike.” “He is a very particular type of clever, able to come up with solutions that aren’t always obvious; he will see the case home.”
Chambers and Partners 2016

“His strengths lie in matrimonial finance and cohabitation matters”
Legal 500 2015

“He is a tenacious advocate with thorough analytical skills, who thinks outside of the box. He has an excellent intellect. He’s quite hard-hitting but still very professional and extremely well prepared.”
Chambers and Partners 2015

“He is extremely bright and instils real confidence in his clients.”
Chambers and Partners 2014

“punchy, and extremely impressive in court”
Legal 500 2013

“praised for his thorough and balanced approach”
“an exceptional advocate.”
Chambers and Partners 2013

“punches way above his call”
Legal 500 2012

“dynamic yet clear advocacy skills and his ability to take on leading London counsel”
Chambers and Partners 2012

“extremely effective in complex financial cases”
Legal 500 2011

“As soon as they shake his hand the clients know they will be well represented,”
“His advocacy is superb; he just flies when he’s in court,”
Chambers and Partners 2011

“a clever and personable advocate”
Legal 500 2010

Client Testimonials:

Dan Leafe to me will always be a ‘maverick’ indeed, a ‘one off’ and I can see why you like working with him; all that knowledge, confidence, courage of conviction combined with astute law acumen wrapped up in one package!


  • LLB Bristol

Professional memberships

  • Western Circuit
  • FLBA