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Jessie Smith has a soft approach, and is just as focused and detailed. Clients adore her; they feel safe in her hands, whilst also feeling like she understands and appreciates the personal elements of the case. She’s like gold dust.

Legal 500 UK 2024

Jessie is a solicitor in Howard Kennedy's Family team. She specialises in the financial components in the establishment or breakdown of married or unmarried families. She regularly drafts and negotiates complex pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements and has a busy practice in disputes relating to children.

She is often involved in fertility law matters and other cases relating to creating families, including surrogacy parental order applications and co-parenting agreements. Jessie prioritises early settlement wherever possible but runs her litigious matters with confidence.

Jessie tailors her advice to her clients and works with them to understand their individual needs from an early stage so that they feel supported through what is invariably a stressful and often deeply traumatic time in their lives. When appropriate to do so, Jessie works with external experts including psychotherapists, psychiatrists, accountants and financial advisers to provide a holistic approach to her clients' cases.

Additionally, she acts on cases involving addiction and other mental health issues. She cares passionately about wellbeing within the family law system, both in relation to family law professionals and their clients.

Jessie has written articles for a number of publications, appeared as a guest on podcasts and she is a member of Resolution. She is also the Secretary and Website Officer of the International Bar Association's Family Law Committee.

Recent work
  • Acting for the commissioning parents in a reported surrogacy case with various complexities including the fact that the parents were not living in the same property.
  • Acting for a client in financial proceedings to which a number of family members were joined as a result of long-standing family trust assets forming part of the matrimonial pot.
  • Acting for a client in a case involving significant non-disclosure, addiction and mental health issues.
  • Acting for a client in a case involving various moving parts including domestic violence allegations, child arrangements applications and financial remedies requiring expert valuation of unlisted corporate assets.
  • Acting for a client in financial proceedings involving significant fraud by the other party, both prior to and during the proceedings.

  • "Jessie Smith is  part of an exceptionally strong team working tirelessly for their clients." Legal 500 UK 2024
  • Ranked as Associate to Watch, Family/Matrimonial: High Net Worth, Chambers UK 2023
  • ''Jessie Smith – supremely organised, excellent judgment. She is ferociously bright with a creative flair. A force to be reckoned with.'' Legal 500 2023
  • ''Jessica Smith offers the skills of an outstanding legal brain along with someone who is good humoured and compassionate about her clients' needs.'' Chambers UK 2023
  • ''She is extremely bright, very dedicated to her clients and works really, really hard.'' Chambers UK 2023
  • Ranked, Family/Matrimonial, Chambers UK 2022
  • Listed as Key Lawyer, Private Client: Family, Legal 500 2022
  • Ranked as a Rising Star, Spear's 500 Family Law Index 2022
  • Won silver in the 'Family Lawyer of the Year - Associate' category at the 2021 Citywealth Future Leaders Awards

Did you know

Jessie performs with Howard Kennedy's resident rock band, Take It To The Bridge and she is the treasurer of the firm's Charity Committee.


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