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Cathryn Smith

Email: cathryn.smith@porterdodson.co.uk

Phone: 01935 846734

Location: Yeovil       Position: Partner

Team: Family

Specialism: Children, Divorce and Dissolution of Civil Partnerships, Family law, Financial settlement, Prenuptial Agreements

 

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I joined the firm in June 2015, moving from a specialist Family practice, and became a partner in January 2018. I have a wealth of experience advising upon financial claims following divorce, pre and post-marriage planning, and private children work.

Clients can be sure that they are getting the very best advice on complex financial claims and disputes regarding children, but in a manner that does not seek to escalate the dispute or give rise to unnecessary legal costs.

I also have expertise in defamation law which allows me to advise clients upon the impact of unwelcome publicity following high profile family breakdown.

Throughout my career, I have spent much of my time managing cases for high net worth individuals, including CEOs, company directors, farmers, lawyers, members of the medical profession and members of the Armed Forces.

I am an expert on pension benefits and divorce and have a particular expertise in dealing with both NHS and Service benefits. My expertise in NHS and Service pensions allows me to provide the best possible advice to those working locally within those fields.

I am a committed member of Resolution. A former Chairman of the Devon and Cornwall branch, I was a member of the national training committee for many years and I continue to be involved in training other family lawyers. I sit on the Devon and Somerset Law Society Training Committee.

I am recommended in the Legal 500 and have been rated in Chambers, both as a Family Lawyer and as a defamation expert.

I have a strong following in the Exeter area and can see clients in Taunton by appointment.

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I am very impressed with Cathryn Smith. She's very approachable, she listens and understands the situation and explains clearly how to progress. Her advice was sound and the outcome of my divorce and finances was good and fair.
Cathryn has been incredibly professional, pragmatic and supportive. I always came away with a very clear mind and plan of action and she updated me promptly and sensitively of any progress or issues. I am pleased with the outcome, all objectives were achieved and I feel I have come away with a positive frame of mind and a future. Thank you!
Mr Robertson
Immensely capable and pragmatic’ associate Cathryn Smith ‘puts her clients first’ and ‘always ensures they are given solid advice’.
Legal 500 2017
Whilst it was a very difficult time in my life, Cathryn was very easy to work with. Full of empathy and compassion. Cathryn was very organised, timely and efficient. She always delivered what was agreed and was always available. Cathryn is excellent and I don't know how you can improve on perfection!
Mr Robertson
Within the first few minutes of meeting with Cathryn, I felt totally at ease and had every confidence that she understood my case and appreciated how I wanted the situation dealt with. I couldn't have asked for a more efficient and understanding solicitor to help me with my divorce.
Cathryn Smith was central in guiding me through the highly complex process of the dissolution of a 40 year marriage. The proceedings at times felt like an interminable situation but her patience, knowledge, wisdom and a refreshing and highly necessary spark of humour now and again made it not only bearable but contributed to the best possible outcome under the circumstances.

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