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Tilly Bailey & Irvine

12 EVOLUTION, WYNYARD PARK, WYNYARD, TS22 5TB, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 01740 646000
Fax:
Fax 0333 444 4420
DX:
742760 BIRMINGHAM 3
Email:
Web:
www.tbilaw.co.uk

Gemma Smith

Tel:
Work 01740 646034
Email:
Tilly Bailey & Irvine

Work Department

Commercial Disputes/Litigation

Position

Associate Solicitor

Career

I undertake a wide variety of commercial litigation work, including property litigation, residential landlord and tenant issues, commercial property disputes, professional negligence, contractual disputes, insolvency and contentious probate. I am also currently undertaking a course to develop my expertise as part of the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists which will be completed in 2019.

I act on behalf of a wide variety of clients including private individuals, local and national businesses and charities. 

I have recently dealt with a multi-track contentious probate matter acting for a claimant pursuing funds out of an estate, which resulted in success after a lengthy trial. The matter was very document heavy and concerned numerous issues, which extended outside of the remit of a simple contentious probate claim.

I have also advised in a number of professional negligence matters which have resulted in success for the clients, one of which had added complexity as a result of various parties entering into liquidation.


Trainee Solicitor, Leeds, 2009-2011
Solicitor (various in Leeds/Newcastle) 2011- 2013
Solicitor, Tilly Bailey & Irvine LLP, September 2013 to March 2018
Associate Solicitor, Tilly Bailey & Irvine LLP, April 2018

Languages

English

Member

Litigation and Dispute Resolution Team of Year – Northern Law Awards 2015.
Member of Tees Valley Law Society.

Education

2:1 Sociology with Law BA (Hons)- University of Durham
GDL, College of Law, York (2006-2007)- Commendation
LPC, College of Law, York(2007-2008)- Distinction


North: Private client

Contentious trusts and probate

Within: Contentious trusts and probate

Working in conjunction with the firm’s private client team, Tilly Bailey & Irvine covers the full spectrum of contentious trust and probate work, including Inheritance Act disputes, financial claims and executor and trustees removals. Solicitor Gemma Smith is the main contact after former team head and commercial litigator Kenton Bazeley left the firm to join Archers Law LLP in 2018. In recent work, Smith represented the executor of an estate in a claim based on the Inheritance Act 1975 brought by a lodger who lived with the deceased prior his death and refused to vacate. Associate Debra Burton is now at Shakespeare Martineau LLP.

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