Ryan Smith

  • Experience

Ryan joined Birketts in September 2021 as a Trainee Solicitor, moving from Lincoln to the Ipswich area. Ryan qualified as a solicitor into the Corporate Tax Team in September 2023.

During his first seat in the Corporate Team in Ipswich, Ryan assisted with a wide range of matters including share acquisitions, re-registration of companies and drafting articles of association. Also, he assisted the Intellectual Property Team with citation reports and other trademark work. In his second seat in the Commercial Property Team in Ipswich, Ryan assisted in Landlord and Tenant transactions, the sale and re-finance of properties. For his third seat he was in the Commercial Litigation Team, assisting with issuing claims and guiding client’s through the debt recovery process. He also carried out advocacy for Third Party Debt Hearings and assisted with general dispute resolution matters. Ryan’s fourth seat involved a split-seat, starting first in Corporate Tax, where he assisted with the drafting of tax schedules for corporate transactions as well as assisting with a variety of tax-based questions from his colleagues. He largely assisted with SDLT queries, which involved assessing whether tax reliefs were applicable to clients’ matters. Ryan moved to the Regulatory and Corporate Defence (RCD) Team to finish the second half of his split-seat. During his time in RCD, he largely assisted with drafting closure notices’, attending client interviews, carrying out legal research into criminal matters and attending hearings at both the Magistrates and Crown courts.  

Prior to joining Birketts, Ryan volunteered at a local law firm in Lincoln for two years, working in legal aid for housing matters. Ryan graduated from the University of Lincoln with a First Class degree in Law. Ryan then attended Nottingham Trent University, achieving a Distinction in the Legal Practice Course.

Before Ryan started his career into the legal industry he was in the Royal Navy for five years serving as a Mine Clearance Diver. 

Ryan also enjoys staying active, watching football and eating at local restaurants. 

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