Laura Smith






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Trainee Solicitor

Laura is a first seat Trainee Solicitor currently sitting in the Property department, assisting in, amongst others, lease enfranchisement and contentious matters.  

Work Bio

Number of years post qualification experience?

6 months as a paralegal and is hoping to qualify in 2021

An estimate of the number of cases and example of interesting cases you deal with in each given area you work in?

Commercial (inc. litigation) – 12 cases

Protection of liability for contractor working with architects and surveyors through the means of a specific JCT contract.

Employment (inc. litigation)  - 10 cases

Determination of variation of contractual terms and ‘working under protest’.

Others – 6 cases

Enforcement of order for child maintenance from EU member state by UK domiciled applicant against non-EU domiciled respondent.

Percentage of time spent on your areas?

Commercial – 35 %

Employment – 50 %

Others – 15%

Complexity and types of issues you deal with?

Commercial – generally simple; commercial leases, commercial contracts (drafting), litigation (e.g. breach of contract – more complex).

Employment – Settlement Agreements (generally standard), Litigation (can be more complex)

Others – can be complex legal issues to research and determine next steps.


Alexander Pappin and Ben Colenutt

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