Lawyer Monthly - Legal Awards 2022

Lauren Smith is a highly regarded Solicitor specialising in Private Client. Lauren deals with a variety of cases including Wills, Inheritance Tax Planning, Asset Protection, Probate and Administration of Estates, Powers of Attorney, Court of Protection and Trust matters. Lauren acts for all individuals but in particular elderly and vulnerable clients. Lauren qualified as a Solicitor in 2006 and has over 15 years Post Qualification Experience specialising in Wills and Probate. Lauren has worked at several firms throughout the South Yorkshire region. Lauren is well known throughout the region for her advanced expertise, meticulous attention to detail and empathic approach to clients’ needs and circumstances. Lauren joined Taylor Bracewell in December 2014 as Head of Wills, Trusts and Probate at their Sheffield office before becoming a Partner in April 2018 and then jointly heading up the whole Wills, Trusts and Probate teams along with Stephen Coates. Lauren is a member of STEP (Society of Trusts and Estates Practitioners) and is a fully qualified TEP (Trusts and Estates Practitioner). STEP is the leading worldwide professional body for practitioners in the field of trusts and estates. This means that Lauren is an expert when it comes to advising clients on how best to manage their affairs. About Lauren Smith Lauren’s clients frequently comment on how she has an ability to explain the legal issues which they face in simple understandable language and makes them feel at ease. Lauren was recently awarded the prestigious Women in Law 2022 award. Traditionally the legal sector is a male-dominated profession. Therefore, the Women in Law Awards aims to recognise the work and achievements of Women in Law. The Awards are an annual celebration of these professionals and their endless effort to develop themselves and the legal industry at large. Lauren takes great pride in the work she does and is humbled that her work does not go unnoticed by others in the industry, her colleagues and clients. Another of Lauren’s biggest achievements is taking part in Will Aid. Will Aid is a scheme which has been running since 1998 to raise money for charity whilst encouraging clients to write Wills. During November each year Lauren gives her time to write Wills for free in return for a donation to the Will Aid charities. Lauren’s huge commitment to this scheme has seen her raise over £180,000 for the charities over the past 10 years. She has been number one in the country for donations raised on more than one occasion – a huge achievement when sometimes over 600 law firms have taken part In 2022 alone Lauren and her team have raised over £45,000 for Will Aid. This is the most that any firm have ever raised in the entire history of Will Aid. ASSET PROTECTION LAWYER OF THE YEAR Lauren Smith Partner & Head of Wills, Probate & Trusts Taylor Bracewell Solicitors 84 UNITED KINGDOM Lawyer Monthly Legal Awards 2022

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