Leanne is a Senior Lecturer in Law and a dual qualified solicitor in New Zealand, and England and Wales. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Japanese and an honours degree in law from the University of Auckland. Leanne completed her Master of Laws degree with first class honours while practising as a commercial solicitor in New Zealand. Leanne worked on the Shipman Inquiry, a public inquiry which investigated the deaths of the United Kingdom’s most prolific serial killer, Harold Shipman. Leanne also specialised in employment law, working at Bradford Metropolitan District Council, Armitage Sykes LLP and one of the United Kingdom’s top law firms, Eversheds LLP.
Leanne’s research interests focus on the interface between sports law and employment law. Leanne completed her PhD at Trinity College, Dublin and has published in sports law journals nationally and internationally. She has presented at international conferences on aspects of her PhD research. In 2012, Leanne was a member of the project team for the European Commission-funded project “Supporting Social Dialogue and Building Capacity in the European Sport Sector”. Leanne is a member of the Sport Resolutions (UK) Panel of Arbitrators and Mediators, which is an independent dispute resolution service for sport in the United Kingdom.
- LLB (Hons), University of Auckland, New Zealand, 1997
- BA Japanese and Economics, University of Auckland, New Zealand, 1997
- LLM (Hons) – ‘Redress for Medical Misadventure: A Therapeutic Jurisprudence Perspective’, University of Auckland, New Zealand, 2001
- PhD – ‘Collective Organisation and External Regulation of Professional Rugby League in the United Kingdom’, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, 2010
- Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand (admitted Sept 1997)
- Member of the Law Society of England and Wales (admitted Jan 2004)
- Member of the Sport Resolutions (UK) Panel of Arbitrators and Mediators (appointed Jan 2012)
- LAW1001 Legal Methods & Systems
- LAW3037 Family Law
- Employment rights of professional athletes
- Organisation of professional sports competitions in the European Union
- Sports law
- Employment and Labour Relations Law in the Premier League, NBA and International Rugby Union (2017), TMC Asser Press/Springer
- O’Leary, L., “Regulating the Employment Relationship in Professional Team Sports in the United Kingdom”  41(2) Industrial Law Journal 184.
- O’Leary, L., “If It Moves Out There, We Sell It”: Super League and the Intellectual Property of Players”  32(4) European Competition Law Review 178.
- O’Leary, L., “Player Release: Securing the Pathway For Rugby League Players Selected to an International Representative Team”  17(1) British Association of Sports Law Journal.
- O’Leary, L., “Regulating against Player Movement in Professional Rugby League: A Competition Law Analysis of the RFL’s ‘Club-Trained Rule’”  3/4 International Sports Law Journal 38.
- O’Leary, L., “The RFL’s ‘Club Trained Rule’: The Case for Judicial Review of Sports Governing Bodies  2 International Sports Law Review 15.
- O’Leary, L., “Price-Fixing between Horizontal Competitors in the English Super League”  3/4 International Sports Law Journal 77.
- O’Leary, L. (2010), “Collective Organisation and External Regulation: Rugby League”, International Sports Law and Business Conference, University of Istanbul, Turkey, 8 September 2010.
- O’Leary, L. (2010), “Player Release: Securing the Pathway For Rugby League Players Selected to an International Representative Team”, Sport and the European Union Conference, University of Ghent, Belgium, 1 July 2010.
- O’Leary, L. (2009), “The RFL’s ‘Club-Trained Rule’ and Article 81 (EC)”, Sport and the European Union Conference, University of Stirling, Scotland, 23 June 2009.
Case Comments and Short Pieces
- “Deflated Balls and Disciplinary Proceedings in the NFL”  77 Student Law Review 57 – 58
- “Match-fixing” (2014) Westlaw Insights
- “The Return of ‘Promotion and Relegation’ in Super League  72 Student Law Review 51-52
- “The Break-Even Rule” – Justified or Not?”  70 Student Law Review 64-66
- “United States Anti-Doping Agency v Lance Armstrong”  68 Student Law Review 40 – 41