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Katie Lane

Associate Solicitor

née Katie Smits

I qualified as a Solicitor in July 2020 and became an Associate Solicitor in April 2023.

I started my Training Contract with Crane and Staples in July 2018, having graduated from the University of Law after completing my Graduate Diploma in Law and the Legal Practice Course. Prior to that, I completed a History Degree at Royal Holloway University.

I specialise in Private Client law, and assist with the following matters:

  • Wills
  • Creation and administration of trusts (including Declarations of Trust relating to property)
  • Administration of Estates (commonly known as Probate)
  • Preparation and registration of Lasting Powers of Attorney
  • Registration of Enduring Powers of Attorney
  • Tax and Estate Planning
  • Conveyancing matters connected to estates such as probate sales and transfers of equity.

I enjoy meeting and learning about clients’ backgrounds and how I can assist with their matters.

Memberships, Awards and Accreditations


HJLD Networking

In 2022, I won Hertfordshire Law Society's Junior Lawyer of the Year Award.

Katie HLS Award Winner

Hertfordshire Junior Lawyer of the Year 2022

I have WIQS accreditations (Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme) and CQS accreditation (Conveyancing Quality Scheme).

I am an Affiliate Member of STEP (the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners).

I have represented the firm as a judge and sponsor at the Best Business Women Awards since 2022.

Best Business Women Awards

I regularly represent the firm by attending local business, community and networking events.

2023 Inspiring Herts Awards at Harry Potter Studios

Outside the Office

I enjoy spending time with family and friends. I also play hockey in my spare time and currently play for my local team, Broxbourne HC.

  • Extremely happy with the service provided by C&S (specifically Katie) in assisting our house purchase. From start to finish we would be kept in the loop on how searches were progressing and she was very quick at responding on any queries. Given we were looking to complete before stamp duty changes she was very efficient and professional throughout the process and managed to reach our timelines which was great. Would definitely recommend.

  • Katie pulled out all the stops on the management of the sale of our property and we cannot thank her enough. Brilliant service and highly informative. Thank you Katie!

  • Katie, That is brilliant news, thank you, YOU ARE A STAR !!!

  • WIQS
  • CQS
  • STEP Affiliate Member
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