Manchester-headquartered law firm Leonard Curtis Legal has appointed Paula Smith as director. 

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Paula Smith

Smith has over 20 years' experience advising SMEs and entrepreneurs in a variety of sectors. She will play a key role in growing the firm’s corporate and commercial division amongst accountants and SME clients nationwide.

Her areas of expertise include acquisitions and disposals, corporate restructuring, governance and investment. Smith has particular expertise in advising partnerships and LLPs - she wrote the Limited Liability Partnerships Handbook and is a contributor to the Accountants’ Legal Service.

As well as being chair of trustees for the food surplus charity The Bread and Butter Thing, Smith has also been a mentor on the Big Sister Programme for Girls Out Loud - the social enterprise that raises aspirations of teenage girls in the UK.

Leonard Curtis Legal director Andrew Gregory commented: 'We are absolutely delighted to have been able to attract a lawyer of Paula’s calibre to the firm. This is testament to the extremely high-quality cases that we’re handling, the growth that we’ve experienced and the success that we’ve enjoyed in such a short space of time. Paula really is an excellent asset to the team.

'Not only is she a very experienced and respected lawyer - her expertise is already proving to be invaluable to many of our clients who require her most astute legal advice for their businesses - but she also adds real value to the team at Leonard Curtis Legal. Her experience is such that she’s a real sounding board to share ideas and to ask for her opinions and advice.'

Smith added: 'I’m very happy to have joined the Leonard Curtis Legal team and am really excited to help build on the phenomenal success it’s enjoyed in less than five years since it launched. I had been working with the team on a consultancy basis for a while and, when the opportunity arose to join the team as Director, I jumped at the chance. I think we’re a great fit.'