Leonard graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Birmingham, a member of the Russell Group which consists of several world-class, research-intensive universities. He was awarded the University of Birmingham Law School Excellence Scholarship for three years running.
Leonard is a litigator at heart and his practice area includes both Criminal and Civil Litigation. Despite being a junior lawyer, Leonard has a vast amount of experience in criminal cases. He has handled numerous criminal matters, inter alia, molest, rape, shop theft, robbery, wielding a dangerous weapon, maid abuse, rioting, criminal breach of trust, cheating, corruption, drug offences, extortion, voluntarily causing hurt, traffic offences and police licencing regulatory offences.
He has assisted many clients in securing better than expected results. Leonard tailors his strategy according to the nuances of each case and/or the circumstances surrounding his clients.
In general, Leonard assists his clients through the drafting of representations, seeking the withdrawal, reduction or composition of charge(s); preparing mitigation pleas and submissions to the Court; attending Court Hearings; and/or conducting meetings to negotiate with the Prosecution, to put his client’s best case forward.
Leonard has successfully obtained several Stern or Conditional Warnings and Discharges amounting to an Acquittal via well-crafted Representations, even after the commencement of court proceedings in some matters. In one of his cases involving an alleged outrage of modesty offence, as a result of his persistence and never-say-die attitude, Leonard secured an extremely rare result as the Prosecution dropped the charge against his client just 1 week before the commencement of the trial.
Although Commercial Disputes may appear to involve complicated and perplexing processes, Leonard prides himself in simplifying the issues for his clients so that they can better understand the procedures involved.
Leonard has considerable experience in contractual matters involving breaches and debt recovery in relation to employment contracts, leases, as well as business-to-business claims. Leonard acts for a major alcohol distributor and was able to assist his client to reclaim over $400,000 (or 95% of the monies owed) from more than 50 debtors in 2019.
Leonard has received praise from existing clients for providing legal advice that goes beyond scratching the surface. Always practical, Leonard guides his clients through various scenarios to ensure that they do not waste their hard-earned money on fruitless expeditions, but instead, focus on obtaining the best outcome.
Leonard believes that everyone deserves access to legal representation and is an active volunteer with the Criminal Legal Aid Scheme.