K J Smith Solicitors > Reading, England > Firm Profile

K J Smith Solicitors
5-7 Headley Road

Private client > Family: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 Tier 3

K J Smith Solicitors is a specialist boutique that sees a caseload which spans all aspects of family law. Founder Kerry Smith is equally adept in both financial matters and complex child cases. Anna Ferro also comes highly recommended for the full suite of family law issues. Based in the Beaconsfield office, Ferro jointly heads up the team alongside Samantha Archer in Woodley & Henley-on-Thames and Kulbir Rahi, who heads the Ascot and Richmond bases.

Practice head(s):

Kulbir Rahi; Samantha Archer; Anna Ferro

Other key lawyers:


‘Strong client engagement. Very quick to respond. Practical and understandable advice given in plain English.’

‘Kulbir Rahi is knowledgeable and expresses details clearly and in a way that is practical and helpful. She is able to explain complexity in a straightforward and digestible manner. I particularly value her support and understanding of my situation – and suggesting options – which helps to clarify my thinking and actions.’

‘Anna Ferro handled the divorce very well when the other sides solicitors where coming in very aggressively – would recommend.’

‘Very helpful, down to earth and professional. Always got back to me quickly and gave me all the support I needed. This is a highly tuned firm with a delicate and supportive approach in regards to the difficult matters of family law. Knowledgeable and helpful at all times.’

‘They seem genuinely concerned with the case and are very supportive of me as a client.’

‘Several offices in the local area. Easily contactable and pleasant to deal with. Knowledgeable staff.’

‘I am very pleased to be represented by this firm – all members I have dealt with have been consistently professional and efficient. I feel I am in safe hands and can trust the firm to push things forward in spite of significant court delays.’

Work highlights

Private client > Family: Hampshire

Headed up by Jennifer Murray, the team at K J Smith Solicitors demonstrates considerable strength in drafting pre-nuptial agreements and handling Children Act proceedings.

With offices in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Oxfordshire and Surrey, this leading family law firm is known for its expertise in matters ranging from divorce, financial settlements and children, to mediation, civil partnerships and domestic violence. Services also include wills, trusts, probate, estate planning and wealth management.

The firm: Founded in 2009 in Henley-on-Thames, K J Smith Solicitors have since expanded into Reading (Woodley and Central Reading), Ascot, Basingstoke, Beaconsfield, Guildford, Richmond and Winchester. Kerry Smith, the firm’s founder, has worked exclusively in family law since qualifying and her team of specialists have collectively handled thousands of cases. K J Smith Solicitors adopt an effective team-based approach to every case, ensuring that clients are not reliant on the availability of one particular individual.

Appointments are also offered outside normal office hours as required. The service is tailored to each client’s requirements and is delivered in a discreet, friendly and caring manner. Client feedback regularly reflects the professionalism and compassion of all the firm’s lawyers and support staff, as well as their readiness to listen and advise.

The practice is a values-led business and is known for employing specialists who are able to provide the best possible outcome for their clients. The firm’s reputation is growing, both as a high-quality service provider to clients and as an excellent place to work. The firm prides itself on their commitment to offering support, guidance and career development across all roles, offering highly competitive salaries along with a comprehensive range of benefits, including:

  • A market leading bonus scheme
  • Private healthcare and an enhanced contribution pension scheme
  • Occupational benefits and incentive schemes
  • Wellness initiatives, including yoga and personal training for all employees

K J Smith Solicitors takes pride in delivering an unparalleled service that consistently delivers solutions of the highest quality to all clients, no matter how difficult or sensitive the situation.

Types of work undertaken: The team handles cases in all aspects of family law, from the straightforward to the highly complex. All matters relating to divorce are dealt with, and expertise is also provided in financial settlements, including income, property, pensions, trusts and offshore assets. The firm handles all matters relating to children, including residency and access, as well as deeds of separation and grandparents’ rights. The firm undertakes private work only and does not operate a legal aid franchise.

Our lawyers also have extensive experience in the preparation of pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements, as well as cohabitation agreements, cohabitation disputes and civil partnerships. Domestic violence expertise includes physical, emotional, financial and sexual matters. Other services offered include change of name deeds, declarations of trust, lasting powers of attorney and deputyship applications.

Department Name Email Telephone
Operations Director Elliot Clark elliot.clark@kjsmith.co.uk 0118 418 1000
Photo Name Position Profile
Samantha Archer photo Samantha Archer Partner
Faizah Chaudhri photo Faizah Chaudhri Senior Solicitor
Elizabeth Head photo Elizabeth Head Associate Solicitor
Harpreet Sihra photo Harpreet Sihra Associate Solicitor
Number of UK partners : 8
Number of other UK fee-earners : 32

“In terms of feedback, I can’t really fault the support you [Kulbir Rahi] have provided me over the past couple of years, and in particular, your responsiveness at key times has been appreciated. I’ve been very happy with the advice given and I think your recent support in coming to a sensible settlement has been perfect. Your drafting has been excellent, and I have been very happy with the way we have worked between us to get the message across I wanted to throughout.”

“I would like to thank you [Anna Ferro] very much for all your hard work and persistence with my case. You have been immensely helpful in navigating a highly acrimonious divorce with an ex-husband who is determined to be as obstructive as possible!”

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank you personally for all the advice and support offered by yourself over the last two years. You have made a challenging and at times very draining situation easier to deal with and I can’t thank you enough for that.”

“Thank you for all your hard work, the times when you have spoken to us, your advice to us, your messages in the evening, your wise words… honestly the list goes on!!”

“We would advise anyone to go and see you if they’re struggling with anything they need legal representation with.”

“From the first meeting, Robyn exerted warmth and understanding. Her kindness, clarity of explanation and patient understanding of my emotional state encouraged me to ask her to represent me in my divorce proceedings. As the process has progressed, she has always listened to my concerns and intuition regarding my husband’s plans. This meant she was able to take measures to protect me and bring about some action to the proceedings. Indeed, our decision has proved the right one as, otherwise, I would be in an even more difficult position and further away from any conclusion.

She has been vigilant in her updates and recognised when I needed a phone call rather than an email, to reassure, explain and offer a pastoral care. I trust her implicitly and would recommend her to anyone requiring a family law solicitor”