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 an ‘impressive and polished‘ boutique family law firm advising on all aspects of family law. Kerry Smith is an accredited collaborative family lawyer who founded the firm in 2009, advising clients from Henley-on-Thames. Other key partners include Kulbir Rahi in Ascot and Anna Ferro in Beaconsfield.

Practice head(s):

Kerry Smith

Other key lawyers:


‘The family team is strong, with the necessary breadth of expertise to assist clients with a diverse range of needs.’

‘Anna Ferro makes clients feel fully supported, whilst offering clear and direct advice. Her attention to detail and grasp of the bigger picture are both impressive.’

‘Kulbir Rahi is a consummate professional, always calm, will seek counsel’s help when needed.’

‘One of their strengths is they are always thinking ahead and always keep your best interests in mind.

‘I used this firm through a recommendation as my previous solicitors I felt let me down. From the start they were professional, they listened to my case, which was very complicated. The advice and help they gave me straight away made me feel confident in them, they told me the cost of the case verbally and by writing, gave me the pros and cons of my case and were very honest.

‘They are highly approachable and knowledgeable, always willing to listen, but also firm in their own guidance and advice. They achieve excellent results through careful and consistent consideration and research and are resolute in their pursuit of a fair conclusion. ’

‘I think what makes this practice unique is their professionalism combined with their understanding of your requirements and when you combine both it puts you at ease through a difficult time.’

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.

Operations Director Elliot Clarkelliot.clark@kjsmith.co.uk0118 418 1000
Samantha Archer  photo Samantha Archer Partner
Denise Bullock  photo Denise Bullock Senior Solicitor
Faizah Chaudhri  photo Faizah Chaudhri Associate Solicitor
Harpreet Sihra  photo Harpreet Sihra Associate Solicitor
Number of UK partners : 8
Number of other UK fee-earners : 32

Here at K J Smith Solicitors we enjoy supporting a number of local charities and organisations and we are extremely proud of the positive impact this can have on local communities. Some of our recent charity initiatives and partnerships are listed below:

Bernadett Noble, from our Beaconsfield office, recently attended a charity event in Ascot supporting Flag DV – https://www.kjsmith.co.uk/latest-news/bernadett-noble-from-our-beaconsfield-office-recently-attended-a-charity-event-in-ascot-supporting-flag-dv

Our Woodley team offer continued support to Me2 Club at their recent raffle – https://www.kjsmith.co.uk/latest-news/our-woodley-team-offer-continued-support-to-me2-club-at-their-recent-raffle

K J Smith provides much needed technology to St Michael’s Hospice’s ‘Hospice at Home’ team – https://www.kjsmith.co.uk/latest-news/k-j-smith-provides-much-needed-technology-to-st-michaels-hospices-hospice-at-home-team

Our Ascot office continues to offer support to NishkamSWAT’s Homeless Project – https://www.kjsmith.co.uk/latest-news/our-ascot-office-continues-to-offer-support-to-nishkamswats-homeless-project

K J Smith offer support to local charity The Pink Place’ – https://www.kjsmith.co.uk/latest-news/k-j-smith-offer-support-to-local-charity-the-pink-place

K J Smith launch free school printing initiative – https://www.kjsmith.co.uk/latest-news/k-j-smith-launch-free-school-printing-initiative

Woodley Team Donate £1,000 to The Dash Charity – https://www.kjsmith.co.uk/latest-news/woodley-team-donate-1000-to-the-dash-charity

K J Smith donate £1000 to local charity’s Covid-19 response appeal – https://www.kjsmith.co.uk/latest-news/k-j-smith-donate-1000-to-local-charitys-covid-19-response-appeal

Our Henley office donates £500 to the amazing Chiltern Centre – https://www.kjsmith.co.uk/latest-news/our-henley-office-donates-500-to-the-amazing-chiltern-centre

TESTIMONIAL: Thank you so much for all your help and support [Jessica Jupp], I am forever grateful and couldn’t have asked for a better outcome.

Wish you all the best, keep fighting for people the way you do, you are a star.

TESTIMONIAL: ‘Chris [Sutton], you are a star and a hero to us. Thank you so much for your help with my son – I suggested he contact you and he has been so grateful and relieved; you took hold of the rudder, steadied the ship and steered him through the minefield of family law and the courts until, at last, he was able to see his daughter again after nine months of hell. Thank you for being such a different, human, lawyer’.

TESTIMONIAL: Excellent facilities and ambience. Meetings were comprehensive and clear – good communications. Progress was good despite Covid 19 causing disruption and delay. Overall a most satisfactory service and we would certainly return if we have any need in the future.

TESTIMONIAL: I am so grateful for all the support and guidance you [Eleanor Towsey] have given me during this process and for the compassion and understanding you have shown not only with divorce but also with the on-going health issues with my father. It was wonderful to see you on the news at the start of the month, I was with my new partner at the time and said that’s my solicitor! I continue to recommend you to any friends who are in need of legal assistance regarding family law due to my experience with you.

TESTIMONIAL: K J Smith Solicitors came highly recommended to me by a friend. I booked a free initial consultation and was introduced to Lauren Schriefer. She took the time to go through each step of my matter with me and the options I could take. Throughout my time working with Lauren and the team I have always felt supported. Any questions I had were answered quickly and in detail. I felt that, with their help, my matter was dealt with smoothly and compassionately. I couldn’t recommend K J Smith Solicitors enough

TESTIMONIAL: I would like to thank you [Michael Swan] on behalf of my daughters, the executors and myself for your friendly and efficient service in the matter of the probate.

TESTIMONIAL: When seeking a capable and knowledgeable family lawyer to handle my complex case, I was recommended Kulbir Rahi. Mrs Rahi was referred by a barrister who had worked with her and found her to be highly experienced and understanding. From the off, Kulbir Rahi understood the urgency of my matter. She knew that I was coming to her already 2 years into legal proceedings, but got to grips with the complex history and had years of legal knowledge of family law to assist me. Kulbir took the weight off my shoulders, applied her in depth knowledge of family law to protect the children and me following an abusive marriage. It was a relief to find someone who had the confidence and care to deal with me and my case in a sensitive manner. My case concluded successfully for the children and myself in 2020. I am deeply grateful for the legal advice and support of Kulbir Rahi. From my personal experience, I have seen the high calibre of staff recruited by K J Smith.