I’m Leigh Evans, a freelance lawyer with in-house expertise


I pride myself on staying calm under pressure, managing high volumes of work, building lasting business relationships and keeping all the plates spinning at once.


Launching my business: a win-win approach to legal services


When I launched Annex Legal in 2016, my goal was to provide a more flexible style of in-house legal services that better matches the needs of many companies.

Having worked as a senior commercial lawyer and company secretary for insurers and financial service providers, I’d always enjoyed the in-house legal environment, helping companies manage challenges and opportunities and building great relationships along the way – many of which remain to this day.

By launching Annex Legal, I now deliver a solution that draws on my broad experience and provides flexibility to my corporate clients. It’s a solution I often wished I had access to when I was on the other side of the fence.

If you need legal expertise, but can’t commit to a permanent employee (or have found it difficult or costly to work exclusively with traditional law firms), I provide a high-quality legal service that’s there when you need it (and not when you don’t).


My business focus: helping businesses make better decisions

My experience means I understand what it’s like to be part of a corporate entity: managing competing priorities, assessing risk, and navigating a highly-regulated business environment.

I focus on building understanding and connections so I can provide the tailored advice and the recommendations you really need. I take time to learn what matters to your company / legal team and work out how I can add real value.


I also build strong connections within the legal profession


I keep up to date with what’s happening in law and in business by building my own personal networks and through my current memberships that include:

  • Law Society of NSW
  • Association of Corporate Counsel, Australia
  • Governance Institute of Australia (Certificated Member)
  • Women Lawyers Association of NSW

Working with me

Find out more about working with me here