Leanne McCleery


Leanne is a junior associate in the Belfast Employment team.

She has experience advising on both non-contentious and contentious employment issues, including litigation relating to claims of whistleblowing, discrimination, unfair and wrongful dismissal and breach of contract claims conducted in the Employment Tribunal.

Leanne has experience advising on workplace investigations, drafting and negotiating contracts of employment and managing exits of senior executives and advising on the employment aspects of corporate transactions to include due diligence, warranties and indemnities, disclosure, and work council information and consultation obligations.



Solicitor, England and Wales, 2022

Solicitor, Northern Ireland, 2018


LLB, Law, University of Manchester, 2011

LLM, International Law and Commerce, Queen’s University Belfast, 2012

Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Legal Studies, Queen's University Belfast, 2016

A&O Shearman was formed on May 1, 2024 by the combination of Shearman & Sterling LLP and Allen & Overy LLP and their respective affiliates (the legacy firms). Any matters referred to above may include matters undertaken by one or more of the legacy firms rather than A&O Shearman.