Laura Smith

Laura Smith 

Associate* | Guernsey

Private Client and Trusts


Laura is an Associate in the Private Client and Trusts team. She joined Collas Crill in September 2021, having held a bursary at another offshore law firm.

"I love problem-solving to come up with creative solutions to issues and I have a great eye for detail which makes me a valuable addition to any client team."


Prior to moving to the Private Client and Trusts team, Laura spent six months in each of the Financial Services and Regulatory and Real Estate teams, where she developed her experience with:

  • preparing legal documentation such as legal opinions and listings paperwork;
  • facilitating property transactions, with a particular focus on working with lenders on buy-to-let transactions;
  • overseeing transactions such as migrations of companies into and out of Guernsey, and advising clients throughout the process; and
  • contributing to high value banking and property transactions.

Laura recently completed a secondment in the Trusts and Estates Disputes team at Howard Kennedy - read more about her experience here.


Laura studied at the University of Oxford, where she graduated with a 2:1 degree in Jurisprudence in 2020. Following this, she completed her LPC at the University of Law in 2021, achieving distinctions in all subjects.

* admitted in England and Wales

*Business Assistant
Caroline West

Caroline West

28 Sep 2023

Newly qualified lawyers in the CI

Collas Crill is proud to announce three newly qualified lawyers in the Channel Islands. Jessica Burgess and Laura Smith from Guernsey and Millie Thompson from Jersey have qualified as Solicitors of England and Wales. As a result all three lawyers have...

23 Aug 2023

Swapping Guernsey for London

In April, Trainee Solicitor Laura Smith swapped the beaches of Guernsey for the city of London when she went on a three month secondment at Howard Kennedy. Upon returning to Collas Crill, we caught up with her to see how she found living 'onshore', what ...

28 Nov 2022

Trust law arbitration

The current position in England and Wales The current prevailing opinion is that arbitration is not readily available as a tool in trusts disputes under the law of England and Wales. Indeed this has explicitly been stated to be the case by the Law Commis...

14 Oct 2022

2022 Collas Crill Moot launches

Sixth form students from around Guernsey are being invited to take part the 15th annual Collas Crill Moot. The Moot provides students from Grammar School, Blanchelande College, Elizabeth College and the Ladies' College with the chance to participate in ...

12 Oct 2022

BTI v Sequana

On 5 October 2022, the Supreme Court handed down their landmark judgment in the long-running case of BTI v Sequana[1]. It is "a momentous decision for company law" (in the words of Lady Arden who gave one of the leading judgments) that addresses fundamen...

6 Oct 2021

The Moot: A student's perspective

Laura Smith joined Collas Crill in September 2021 and is currently in her first training seat within the Corporate Finance and Funds team. She completed her LPC at the University of Law, having graduated from the University of Oxford with a degree in jur...

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