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Natalie Smith

Associate

T: 01242 229086

E: natalie.smith@lodders.co.uk

I qualified as a solicitor in February 2010 and joined Lodders in June 2014 as an associate in the Private Client department, having previously worked for Harrison Clark Rickerbys.

I assist clients with the preparation of wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney, Court of Protection applications, probate and tax planning. I specialise in agricultural and high-value estates.

I work with clients from all walks of life dealing with everything from a basic will or probate to complex family trusts.  My previous experience and contacts has meant that I have been acting for business owners or agricultural clients in relation to Inheritance Tax planning which often centers around tax mitigation and succession planning and can involve a wide range of solutions.

I have always worked in the legal sector, however, I come from a farming family and I have always helped out on the family farm.


What do you most enjoy about your job?

I enjoy meeting new people and being able to help people with things that are worrying them and achieving a good outcome for them.

What gets you out of bed in the morning?

In the summer my alarm at 5am so that I can ride before work, in the winter a lot of will power!

I spend most of my free time with my horses, of which I currently have 4 at home at the moment.  I try to compete at least fortnightly and I am a member of British Show Jumping and the Malvern Hills riding club which I regularly represent at a variety of events.

Any interesting personal achievements or qualifications?

I was awarded GWILS Gloucestershire Young Solicitor of the Year 2012 and I completed my degree in Equine Science at Hartpury College prior to undertaking my conversion course and LPC.

I thought Natalie was very clear about what could/should be done. She was very good with my elderly parents, as she came to the house to get the POA signed. I felt she was sympathetic on a human level and didn't treat us as just another case. I was impressed that she was thinking about the most beneficial wills.
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