Doncaster Office
Sheffield Office

Lauren Smith

Lauren Smith

Lauren Smith

Partner & Joint Head of Wills, Probate and Trusts T 0114 399 0096


Lauren joined Taylor Bracewell in December 2014, becoming a Partner in April 2018.

Lauren is Joint Head of Wills, Probate and Trusts. Lauren also Heads up the Sheffield office.

Sheffield born and bred, Lauren qualified as a Solicitor in 2006 and has over 14 years Post Qualification Experience specialising in Wills and Probate. Working at several firms throughout South Yorkshire Lauren is well known in the region for her advanced expertise, meticulous attention to detail and empathic approach to clients needs and circumstances.

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, and has both specialist qualifications and experience in inheritance and succession planning. 

Lauren specialises in a variety of different matters, including drafting Wills, Inheritance Tax Planning and Asset Protection, as well as Probate and Administration of Estates, Powers of Attorney and Court of Protection matters.  


What area of law do you specialise in?

Wills, Trusts, Probate, Inheritance Tax Planning, Asset Protection, Powers of Attorney and Court of Protection work.

How many years have you worked in this field? 

I qualified as a Solicitor in 2006 – I have worked in this area since 2004 when I was a Trainee Solicitor

What is the main reason you got into law?

I always had an interest in the law from a young age. I used to love watching detective programmes with my dad when I was young and said that I wanted to be a Solicitor from being about 10.

What is the best part of working for Taylor Bracewell?

Getting to do what I love each day when I come to work. I get to meet lots of different people and help them out in a variety of ways. Many people are daunted about coming to see a Solicitor so it is nice to alleviate any fears they have and help them with their problems.

What do you enjoy outside of work? 

Spending time with my family and friends. I love going on holiday and having weekends away with my husband and son.


Testimonials I have Received...
Professional, friendly service, highly recommended, contents of enquiries in full detail. Lauren Smith who incidentally dealt with our wills etc is undoubtedly a very valuable partner in this particular company. Mr & Mrs Bullas opening-speachmarks closing-speachmarks
We both thank you for the work regarding our wills and power of attorney documents now received. Your representative Lauren Smith was a pleasure to deal with and assisted and advised us on all aspects, which made the whole process understandable. Once again very many thanks. Mr & Mrs Bailey opening-speachmarks closing-speachmarks
We were very impressed by Lauren's efficiency, warmth and professionalism. Having sought advice on our wills elsewhere and being bamboozled, it was refreshing to have everything explained clearly and all options discussed in a straight forward manner. Already recommended Lauren to friends. Mr & Mrs Clarke opening-speachmarks closing-speachmarks
Lauren and her team produced our wills quickly and effectively. The process was far easier then I had imagined! Thankyou Ms Oliver and Dr Thomas opening-speachmarks closing-speachmarks
A very professional service. It was quick, easy and efficient. I would highly recommend Lauren smith to any family and friends, she was a pleasure to meet and very knowledgeable in her role. Mrs Masters opening-speachmarks closing-speachmarks
I was so impressed when I accompanied my friend that I immediately made an appointment to make my will. I was shown the utmost courtesy by everyone. Explanations were straight forward and I felt confident that my needs were understood and would be followed through. Many thanks to Lauren Smith. I have no hesitation in recommending Taylor Bracewell. Mrs Loveday Wood opening-speachmarks closing-speachmarks
My wife and I Consulted Taylor Bracewell in order to draw up Wills. Lauren gave us very clear advise and explained the different option available which made it an easy decision on how to proceed. Wills were swiftly done and finalised after review. All this made a potentially difficult legal process simple and stress free. we are both confident in the legal expertise of the Taylor Bracewell team. With a friendly approach be able to employ them again for any further legal advise. Mr and Mrs Cary opening-speachmarks closing-speachmarks
Lauren acted more like a friend than a solicitor. Lauren and her staff answered all questions put to them curiously with help to me as my administration skills are nil. Thankyou Mr and Mrs McCabe opening-speachmarks closing-speachmarks
Lauren was helpful and efficient, always taking time to explain things clearly. Made my mum feel very comfortable and at ease. Mrs Jones opening-speachmarks closing-speachmarks
Lauren dealt with our Will writing quickly and efficiently, thoroughly explaining everything in terms we could understand. Very professional service. We would definitely recommend Taylor Bracewell. Thank you. Mr and Mrs Torr opening-speachmarks closing-speachmarks
I used the company for free will making month. I found them to be efficient and helpful. Miss Power opening-speachmarks closing-speachmarks
An excellent service from start to finish (will writing). Everything was explained thoroughly in terms we could easily understand. Thank you. Mr and Mrs Torr opening-speachmarks closing-speachmarks
Lauren was open and clear and an expert in getting the right information from us and made sure our family would be looked after in the event of our deaths. Drawing up a will was easier than we expected. Mr and Mrs Deakin opening-speachmarks closing-speachmarks
A fantastic service. We would highly recommend Lauren and her team to friends and family. Mr an Mrs Whiteley opening-speachmarks closing-speachmarks
This is my first time with Taylor Bracewell Solicitors. The advice my solicitor Lauren Smith gave me was easy to understand. Lauren's helpful manner, swiftness in reply's and her professionalism made me feel at ease. Thanks Lauren. I have on going business with Lauren and Taylor Bracewell and i'm looking forward to our meeting. I can definitely recommend Taylor Bracewell. Thanks again. Mr Foster opening-speachmarks closing-speachmarks
Very good service. Mrs Harkness opening-speachmarks closing-speachmarks
Having got an email request for Will Aid, I got a call back within half an hour to make an appointment. Making the Will was straight forward and the process was efficient. Thank you! ANON opening-speachmarks closing-speachmarks
Smooth, efficient and did everything we asked. ANON opening-speachmarks closing-speachmarks
I was impressed by your guidance through the process and determination to ensure that the process was followed to the letter. You have been very patient with me as I sorted out my witnesses and secured signatures for my Will. A professional will preparation service that I would highly recommend to others Mr Ojinnaka opening-speachmarks closing-speachmarks
I was looking on the internet for a solicitor who could assist me in writing a Will. I came across Taylor Bracewell's site and and decided to use them and i'm glad I did. I found them to be very helpful and efficient. I would certainly use them and recommend them again. ANON opening-speachmarks closing-speachmarks
Much better service than previous solicitors. Very helpful and efficient, fabulous service from the solicitor and extremely helpful receptionist. Friendly relaxed service. ANON opening-speachmarks closing-speachmarks
A very good cost effective service offered by Taylor Bracewell. The procedure was explained well and we were delighted to resolve our discretionary trust. Mr and Mrs Calvert opening-speachmarks closing-speachmarks
Fully competent, well organised, friendly and professional, no complaints at all. Very painless! ANON opening-speachmarks closing-speachmarks
Very Straightforward process to amend details of my Will. I emailed the amendments I required. A new Will was made for my approval and then I had a meeting in the office to sign the documents and a week later I received my own copy through the post. Very good service. ANON opening-speachmarks closing-speachmarks
Our experience of Taylor Bracewell was everything you would want it to be. Lauren was extremely professional, courteous, polite and at the same time she was very understanding and supportive. Thank you. Mr and Mrs Kirk opening-speachmarks closing-speachmarks
When we planned to make an appointment we were seen to very quickly. We were seen on time, and were listened to. We rang to change something and it was done quickly and politely. We were very impressed with the service we got and would recommend Taylor Bracewell to friends and family. Mr and Mrs Bingham opening-speachmarks closing-speachmarks
A very efficient and professional service that made us feel at ease and that are needs were being met. Mr and Mrs Turley opening-speachmarks closing-speachmarks
I found Lauren and the team approachable. They found a good level of information and explained it to me so that I could understand. They never treated me differently. I will be using Taylor Bracewell again. ANON opening-speachmarks closing-speachmarks
I was very happy with the service and the support I received. I would highly recommend Taylor Bracewell Solicitors to family and friends. Thank you. ANON opening-speachmarks closing-speachmarks
Taylor Bracewell provided straight forward information and advice in a 'fuss free' way, making it easier for us to make a decision based on sound knowledge. They were flexible on appointment times and we never felt pressured. Thank you. ANON opening-speachmarks closing-speachmarks
All the family found Lauren very helpful and a great credit to the company. Mr Browning opening-speachmarks closing-speachmarks
I made my Will through Will aid. The service was very easy and straightforward. Lauren made the appointment which didn't impact my work, it is very appreciated. ANON opening-speachmarks closing-speachmarks
Very professional company with polite and well informed staff. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend you to my friends and family. Mrs Morton opening-speachmarks closing-speachmarks
I am giving Taylor Bracewell full marks for the professionalism and efficiency throughout. They answered all my questions fully and made me aware of one or two things. Thank you so much. ANON opening-speachmarks closing-speachmarks
If you want to be represented by a professional team of solicitors then look no further than Taylor Bracewell. Their professionalism dealing with my requirements and the way Lauren explained every detail put me at ease. Thanks again to Taylor Bracewell and a big thank you to Lauren, my solicitor. Mr Foster opening-speachmarks closing-speachmarks
Lauren's advice was straight forward and she spoke in plain English. Everything went smoothly. We have already recommended you! Mr and Mr Sherwin opening-speachmarks closing-speachmarks
The legal procedure relating to our requirements were explained to us in a way that was easy to understand. ANON opening-speachmarks closing-speachmarks
100% service ANON opening-speachmarks closing-speachmarks
Lauren took us through the various options and explained the effects of each possibility. Extremely helpful! ANON opening-speachmarks closing-speachmarks
We used the free will service which was very easy to do. We were made to feel at ease during our appointments. A very professional and friendly service. ANON opening-speachmarks closing-speachmarks
100% fantastic service ANON opening-speachmarks closing-speachmarks
Great service and they were incredibly patient with us. ANON opening-speachmarks closing-speachmarks
Lauren was always very patient and accommodating, no matter how many times I asked questions or asked for alterations 10/10 Anon opening-speachmarks closing-speachmarks
Was dealt with very quickly and professionally. Easy to understand and very friendly Ms Butcher opening-speachmarks closing-speachmarks
Very patient, competent and friendly service that made a difficult situation quite simple Highly recommended Mr and Mrs Race opening-speachmarks closing-speachmarks
The team at Taylor Bracewell have always been very helpful and professional when assisting us with our requirements. Mr Smith opening-speachmarks closing-speachmarks
The wills and our power of attorney, were handled extremely well. Mr & Mrs F opening-speachmarks closing-speachmarks
To Lauren Smith, Taylor Bracewell Solicitors. Thank you for the documents concerning my will, which were received from you. We received these within 5 days of its final signatures. My Executors and i were very impressed within the sensitivity and efficiency with which the while process was handled and were very pleased that we has placed the matter with you as our solicitors. Mrs T opening-speachmarks closing-speachmarks
10/10 Mr & Mrs Parker opening-speachmarks closing-speachmarks
They were courteous and efficient. Everything was explained clearly to me. I felt confident in what I was doing. Mrs W opening-speachmarks closing-speachmarks
We were very impressed with the efficient and professional service provided by Lauren and her team. It was a smooth and simple process to make our Wills. Mr & Mrs Edwards opening-speachmarks closing-speachmarks
May I take this opportunity to thank Lauren and her team for the simplicity and efficient way in which my Will was explained and drawn up giving me the peace of mine. Mr L opening-speachmarks closing-speachmarks
I would definitely recommend Taylor Bracewell as my solicitors. Lauren in particular who dealt with me in the most efficient and pleasant manner to conclude my business with them. From being met by the receptionist, who also was very efficient to finalising everything was a good and professional experience. Mrs B opening-speachmarks closing-speachmarks
Really happy with the service and Lauren is a lovely lady with a lovely manner when dealing with such a sensitive subject. Would definitely recommend. Mr & Mrs Walker opening-speachmarks closing-speachmarks
I would like to thank Lauren Smith and the staff at Taylor Bracewell for their friendly handling of my wife and myself in the writing of our Wills. They were very efficient and got everyone written down exactly as we wanted, the first time. The whole experience was quick and I would recommend them to anybody. S. Marsden Mr & Mrs Marsden opening-speachmarks closing-speachmarks
A very efficient service. Everyone was friendly and professional. Mrs M opening-speachmarks closing-speachmarks
Efficient and friendly service. Mr & Mrs H opening-speachmarks closing-speachmarks
Lauren was brilliant! She explained everything and the whole process was quick and painless. Mr & Mrs Y opening-speachmarks closing-speachmarks
Lauren was brilliant listening carefully to our wishes and going clear advice where necessary. We now have the Wills we need. Mr & Mrs Clarke opening-speachmarks closing-speachmarks
Friendly & compassionate service throughout. Always kept updated & advised appropriately. Miss P opening-speachmarks closing-speachmarks
I have had my Will written through Taylor Bracewell and it has been very good service from the beginning to the end. Many thanks! Miss F opening-speachmarks closing-speachmarks
Found Taylor Bracewell to be a very well run and professional company. Mr S opening-speachmarks closing-speachmarks
I would be very happy to use Taylor Bracewell in the future. They provided an efficient service in drawing up my Will. Mrs C opening-speachmarks closing-speachmarks
Due to places available for the Will Aid November 2019, I booked an appointment at Taylor Bracewell to set up a Will. I wasn't with the most friendliest reception staff and offered tea/coffee. The atmosphere was so friendly. My solicitor was Lauren Smith, and immediately she made me feel at ease. The Will was discussed in great detail, simplified so I would understand everything. Lauren is a very friendly helpful, understanding young lady who helped me complete and finalise my Will. I would highly recommend this company is anyone, like me, I felt nervous and unsure. I left feeling like a big weight was lifted, with relief that everyone got sorted. Ms Cound opening-speachmarks closing-speachmarks
Fast and efficient service, thanks for your help. We have already recommended you to a family member, who is also very impressed with your service. Mr & Mrs Russell. Mr & Mrs Russell opening-speachmarks closing-speachmarks
Very professional solicitors with excellent services from Taylor Bracewell, indeed. Mr Jian & Mrs Liu opening-speachmarks closing-speachmarks
The service I received was high class, efficient, friendly and quick. Thank you! Mrs M opening-speachmarks closing-speachmarks
Efficient and professional service. Able to maintain contact despite pandemic lock down. Thank you! Anon opening-speachmarks closing-speachmarks
Completely satisfied with the service provided by Taylor Bracewell. Even in these trying times (Coronavirus) they were very helpful and professional, a pleasure to do business with Anon opening-speachmarks closing-speachmarks
Lauren was very clear, helpful and professional Anon opening-speachmarks closing-speachmarks
Very helpful, prompt, courteous service, each step of the way clearly explained. I was particularly impressed with the Free Will Month service which was offered and also the fact that there are free legal advice services available. Anon opening-speachmarks closing-speachmarks
Happy to recommend. Felt looked after and had everything explained to us. Friendly staff Anon opening-speachmarks closing-speachmarks
Friendly, nice people. Easy to deal with. This is the second time I have had business with the company. Mr Sallay opening-speachmarks closing-speachmarks
Brilliant service Mr Bridgwood opening-speachmarks closing-speachmarks
Having dealt with Taylor Bracewell for almost 10 years we have every confidence in your firm's professionalism, competence and reliability. You have provided advice in family, probate and property matters and we cannot fault the service received, Every effort has been made to accommodate the fact that we live some distance away and we are quite happy to travel to appointments rather than using a solicitor close to our current home. All the staff we have dealt with have been patient, pleasant and efficient and we would not hesitate in recommending Taylor Bracewell to anyone looking for first class legal services. Mr Meakin and Ms Scott opening-speachmarks closing-speachmarks
We particularly like the friendliness and helpfulness of the admin staff. They were very welcoming Ms and Ms P opening-speachmarks closing-speachmarks
Its been the second time I have done business with Taylor Bracewell and it has been a very efficient, pleasant experience. Mr Sallay opening-speachmarks closing-speachmarks
We used Taylor Bracewell to get our Wills drafted through the Will Aid scheme. Lauren's advice was clear and thorough and made the process really straight forward Thanks again Mr and Mrs Corso opening-speachmarks closing-speachmarks
Lauren and the Taylor Bracewell team provided a first class level of advice and service over an extended period including the period when most people were home-working. I would have no hesitation recommending them to family or friends - and in fact have already done so. Mr and Mrs Williams opening-speachmarks closing-speachmarks
We were very impressed with Lauren and the team at Taylor Bracewell in updating our Wills, and would definitely recommend them to family and friends. Many thanks for your professionalism. Mr and Mrs M opening-speachmarks closing-speachmarks
A very professional, yet friendly service. All matters were explained clearly. I would be happy to use you again. 10/10 Mr and Mrs K opening-speachmarks closing-speachmarks
We were taken through the process in a straight forward manner. The various stages and options were clearly explained without jargon. As this was done during lockdown the whole process was completed by phone, email and finally mail. Mr Went opening-speachmarks closing-speachmarks
Everything was explained clearly, and I'm happy with my Will Mr Lee opening-speachmarks closing-speachmarks
All correspondence relating to my Will was conducted during COVID19 lockdown. The guidance and advice provided was clear and concise. Any questions I had were answered fully and in a way that I could easily understand, Even though there could be no face to face contact during this difficult time everything was dealt with in a friendly and professional way. I would have no hesitation in recommending Taylor Bracewell Solicitors to others. Mrs Butler opening-speachmarks closing-speachmarks
Extremely helpful staff. Explained things well and ensured our understanding on everything discussed. Even in these unprecedented times Taylor Bracewell were still very helpful and sorted our Wills. 10/10 Mr and Mrs Parker opening-speachmarks closing-speachmarks
Completely satisfied with the service provided by Taylor Bracewell. Even in these trying times (Coromnavirus) they were very helpful and professional, a pleasure to do business with. Mr D opening-speachmarks closing-speachmarks
My matter was carried out in an efficient and timely manner. Lock-down restrictions were accommodated with ease. Thank you 10/10 Mrs D opening-speachmarks closing-speachmarks
Lauren gave me clear, comprehensive, pragmatic guidance about my options when drawing up my Will 10/10 Mr M opening-speachmarks closing-speachmarks
Everything carried out in a most professional and efficient manner. We didn't have long waits for documents through the post. Indications on the documents which required signatures were clearly labelled and we found this very helpful. 10/10 Mr and Mrs W opening-speachmarks closing-speachmarks
Great Job! Mr Will was handled efficiently and professionally. I also appreciated the friendly approach. Thank you 10/10 Mr Teasdale opening-speachmarks closing-speachmarks
Even though it is Free Will Month I found Lauren at Taylor Bracewell very professional in all aspects of drawing up my Will. Everything explained clearly and precisely, with paperwork drawn up in a professional manner 10/10 Mr B opening-speachmarks closing-speachmarks
On behalf of my Executors and family I would like to express my complete satisfaction with your service throughout our business with you and your staff. I have always been approached with kindness and efficient friendliness in situations where I felt a real notice but always comfortable. Thank you again for everything Mrs T opening-speachmarks closing-speachmarks
I am very impresses with the service I received. It was very easy to make an appointment and I was warmly greeted by excellent and efficient reception staff on arrival to see my Solicitor. She was kind, helpful and explained everything clearly. She was very efficient when drawing up my Will - and I warmly recommend Taylor Bracewell Solicitors 10/10 Ms S opening-speachmarks closing-speachmarks
Quick, efficient and clear with communications and answering our queries. Lauren was very informative and responsive. Mr Cooke and Miss Francis opening-speachmarks closing-speachmarks
Lauren is so thorough and explains everything so well. I feel so relieved that the Wills are done. Such an efficient service. Thank you Mr Peach opening-speachmarks closing-speachmarks
Everything we wanted was sorted in good time and with minimal effort Mr and Mrs Tosseano opening-speachmarks closing-speachmarks
10/10 Miss Shelton opening-speachmarks closing-speachmarks
All members of staff were heplful and courteous especially as they were working in difficult conditions due to Covid19. I would strongly recommend Taylor Bracewell as the service I received was excellent. Mr D opening-speachmarks closing-speachmarks
10/10 Mr and Mrs Ebbins opening-speachmarks closing-speachmarks
Thank you for the approachable, fuss free manner in which the Grant of Probate of the estate of my late husband was dealt with at this most difficult time of my life Ms H opening-speachmarks closing-speachmarks
I have nothing but praise for the way that Lauren has dealt with the Lasting Power of Attorney for my father following the death of my mother with Covid. In very difficult and trying times for the family she has professionally steered us through the legal process, keeping us informed at every stage and explained exactly what is required. Due to Covid 19 operating practices and no face to face meetings all correspondence has been by phone and email which has not proven to be a barrier and has probably enhanced the process. I would not hesitate to recommend Taylor Bracewell and indeed have further instructed them to apply for Grant of probate for my late mother and to administer her estate. Mr Fotheringham opening-speachmarks closing-speachmarks
My mother passes away in residential care during the pandemic - very emotional at the best of times. Taylor Bracewell looked after me and my needs when my father died in 2017 and once again looked after me and my needs again in 2020. All done by phone email and post (Covid 19) and Excellent service Ms Cronin opening-speachmarks closing-speachmarks
During the current situation with Covid and lockdown everything was done via email and telephone calls. It all went so smoothly and efficient under the circumstances. We couldn't fault the service. 10/10 Mr and Mrs Holloway opening-speachmarks closing-speachmarks
As Taylor Bracewell has recently dealt with the purchase/conveyancing of my property, it seemed appropriate to ask them to prepare my Will. Apart from the delay in getting back from Portugal to be able to sign the Will due to Coronavirus, once I did, then Taylor Bracewell were very efficient and helpful in dealing with everything. Mrs Ellis opening-speachmarks closing-speachmarks
Good friendly and efficient service Mr and Mrs Harrison opening-speachmarks closing-speachmarks
Taylor Bracewell, especially Lauren Smith, have been wonderfully supportive, informative and sensitive in dealing with my mums will in a difficult situation and at a very distresisng time. From beginning to end, Lauren acted on my behalf as Executor. The approach was so professional, reassuring, even taking time to keep me calm. I would recommend Taylor Bracewell 100% Mrs E opening-speachmarks closing-speachmarks
On behalf of my two sisters, I write this testimonial to express our sincere thanks. In particular our appreciation goes to Lauren Smith, partner of Taylor Bracewell, and her assistant, Keeley. Lauren was absolutely brilliant in carrying out our late brother's estate. Even though we couldn't attend their premises due to the Coronavirus, we were still able to access their firm by telephone, mail and email without any delays whatsoever. My sisters and I are very grateful for the excellent was in which Lauren had helped guide us through our difficult time. Lauren handled our situation in a delicate, caring and sensitive manner. This alleviated all the stress and trauma association with grief, allowing us the opportunity to come to terms of losing our beloved brother who we thought the world of. I highly recommend their company and I wouldn't hesitate to use their services again for whatever reason. Once again, many thanks. Mrs Middlebrook opening-speachmarks closing-speachmarks
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