Leslie qualified as a solicitor in 1981 and became a Partner in 1987. With over 25 years experience of acting in all types of property transactions, including acting for developers in the acquisition and sale of development land as well as for private clients in domestic transactions - Leslie has an extensive knowledge of the property market and is an extremely well respected and well regarded property lawyer within the North East. Leslie retired as a Partner in 2011 and is now a Consultant. He is also a member of the Law Society Property Section.

A specialist in wills, probate, trusts and tax planning his advice is highly sought after. Leslie is a member of the Law Society's Probate Section, the Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners (S.T.E.P.), and of Solicitors for the Elderly.