About Us

Beth Leaper, Barrister & Solicitor

Professional Experience:

  • Sole Practitioner since 1998 with practice limited to family law since 1994 (formerly practiced in association from 1994 to 1998 as Leaper, Smith and from 1989 to 1994 in partnership with a classmate as Leaper and Watson).
  • Collaborative Family Lawyer since 2002
  • Accredited Family Mediator (Ontario Association Family Mediators) since 2012
  • Family Arbitrator 2015
  • Past Chair of Collaborative Family Law Group of London and Middlesex
  • Current Co-Chair of the Middlesex Family Lawyer’s Association
  • Past Member of the Ontario Superior Court Family Court Liaison Committee in London, Ontario from the court inception in 1994 until 2004
  • Past Member of the Panel of the Children’s Lawyer in Ontario representing children in custody, access and child protection cases for two terms
  • Past President and current member of the Southwest Region Women’s Law Association
  • Former Board Member of Sexual Assault Centre London


Mediation Training

Riverdale Mediation, Toronto, Beginner and Advanced 2010

Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies, Conrad Grebel University College
(affiliated with the University of Waterloo) 2015

Collaborative Law and Interdisciplinary Collaborative Law Training

Beginner and Advanced 2001
Interdisciplinary Beginner and Advanced 2011

Bachelor of Laws

University of Western Ontario 1986

Bachelor of Arts, History and Political Science

University of Western Ontario 1983

Current Membership/Associations:

  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP)
  • Collaborative Family Law Group of London and Middlesex (Past Chair)
  • Ontario Association of Family Mediators (Associate Member)
  • Middlesex Family Lawyers Association
  • Middlesex Law Association
Beth Leaper, Family Lawyer. A photo portrait.
Beth Leaper

Laura South, Legal Assistant

Laura has been an administrative assistant for over 25 years and has been a legal assistant for over 14 of those. She made the decision to go back to college to obtain her Legal Assistant Certificate and graduated from Retter Business College in Toronto at the top of her class. Laura moved to London 16 years ago with her son. Having been through the ordeal of a separation after 10 years of marriage herself and dealing with custody, access and support issues on such a personal level, Laura understands how it feels to go through this process and will help you through it every step of the way.

Laura South, Legal Assistant. A photo portrait.
Laura South