Leisha Murphy

Partner (Vancouver)
Leisha Murphy
"Leisha's strengths extend well beyond her legal knowledge and experience. One of her key skills as a litigator is her strategic savvy: she approaches her clients' files mindful of both the short and long-term impact of every decision, managing each case so as to achieve the best possible outcome."

Leisha has practised exclusively in the area of family law since being called to the British Columbia Bar in 2010. Before opening Connect Family Law in 2015, she practiced in the family law group of a leading British Columbia law firm.

Leisha advises her clients on a wide variety of family law matters including issues related to separation and divorce; property division; common law and equitable trusts; spousal support; child support, guardianship, mobility, and parenting time; conflicts of law; and co-habitation, marriage and separation agreements. She has extensive expertise representing clients who hold complex and substantial assets and business interests, and in enabling them to retain these interests. For clients who are also parents, Leisha helps them maintain an active and involved role in their children’s lives by creating parenting plans and, when appropriate, enlisting the support of parenting coordinators or other professionals to facilitate ongoing communication between the ex-spouses.

She assists clients in resolving their family law disputes through negotiation, mediation, and/or litigation, depending on the circumstances and each individual client’s needs and preferences. Leisha also offers collaborative law services and is certified as a Collaborative Divorce lawyer.

Leisha has appeared as counsel in cases before both the Provincial and Supreme Courts of British Columbia, and participated in numerous successful family law mediations. Here are some examples of the types of client matters that Leisha has been involved in:

  • Assisting high net worth clients with multiple business interests respond to and bring court applications dealing with production of documents and expert valuation reports.
  • Successfully defending her client against his former spouse’s application for: use of certain business assets (including the use of the owner’s suite at Rogers Arena); the sale of valuable property (his wine collection); and the right to examine him on alleged adultery.
  • Successfully obtaining spousal support for her client despite a marriage agreement that denied her this support, as well as a lump sum payout from sale proceeds held in trust.
  • Arguing a novel point of law under the new Family Law Act relating to the appropriate jurisdiction for the case to be heard.
  • Successfully challenging the opposing party’s attempt to confirm a provisional order for spousal support.
  • Successfully representing her client in a summary trial where her client was awarded 100% of the couple’s known financial assets due to the opposing party’s refusal to disclose his assets.
  • Obtaining payment of over $100,000 in unpaid child support and “extraordinary expenses”.
  • Obtaining a Mareva injunction, which freezes a party’s assets worldwide during litigation, thereby preventing the party from dealing with the assets in any way which might negatively affect the other party’s interests.

Leisha’s strengths extend well beyond her legal knowledge and experience. One of her key skills as a litigator is her strategic savvy: she approaches her clients’ files mindful of both the short and long term impact of every decision, managing each case so as to achieve the best possible outcome. Even in situations where a client’s ex-spouse is reluctant to participate in the proceedings, Leisha ensures that the process continues to move towards resolution.

She is also a thoughtful advocate for her clients, staying attentive to their legal, financial and practical needs and easing the stress and confusion that can accompany separation and divorce. While Leisha is committed to keeping her clients involved and engaged in their file, it is important to her that clients know they are not alone in the process and that Leisha “has their back”.

Away from the office, Leisha is an active member of the Family Law Subsection of the Vancouver and Canadian Bar Associations and has acted as a mentor to law students through the CBA/UBC mentorship program.