Lauren Smith

Second Six Pupil

Call: 2019


T: 01274 722560

University of York – LLB – First Class Honours [2015]
University of York – LLM in Legal and Political Theory – Distinction [2017]
BPP Leeds – BPTC (Part-time) – Outstanding [2017-2019]

University of York – York Masters Opportunity Scholarship [2017]
Middle Temple – Harmsworth Scholarship [2017]
Blackstone Entrance Exhibition [2017]
Certificate of Honour [2019]
BPP – Criminal Litigation Prize (for highest mark on Criminal Litigation module) [2019]

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Practice Overview

Lauren commenced pupillage at Broadway House Chambers in September 2021 under the supervision of Peter Hampton and started second-six on 1st March 2022.

During pupillage, Lauren has observed a range of cases in both the Magistrates Court and Crown Court, involving driving offences, sexual offences, offences against the person, drug offences and terrorism. Lauren has also observed numerous breach proceedings and appeals in the Crown Court.

During her first six, Lauren assisted defence counsel in a case involving an ‘extreme right wing’ terrorist cell. The defendant faced multiple counts, including possession of terrorist material and manufacture of a prohibited firearm. The case received extensive national media coverage (see e.g.

Lauren has a strong academic background, having graduated first in her year on the BPTC and as the only student in both the full and part-time cohorts to attain the grade of ‘Outstanding’.

Prior to commencing pupillage, Lauren worked as a paralegal in the regulatory department at Capsticks Solicitors. On behalf of Social Work England, Lauren assisted with drafting applications to the High Court for Interim Order Extensions and investigating fitness to practise concerns by interviewing witnesses. Lauren was also responsible for preparing cases for final and interim hearings, for example by identifying material for disclosure. As such, Lauren has experience and knowledge of professional discipline, and is keen to develop a practice in regulatory law.

Lauren also has an interest in public and administrative law, and would welcome instructions in judicial review matters.

Whilst studying for the BPTC, Lauren undertook pro-bono work for the Criminal Appeals Project, AMICUS ALJ and Support Through Court at Leeds Combined Court Centre. Consequently, Lauren has experience of working alongside litigants in person and vulnerable clients, such as those with mental health difficulties or victims of domestic violence.

Lauren is a Grade 1 Prosecutor.