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Paula Kennedy Smith

Summary Profile

Paula assists Dingley Marshall with international civil litigation, commercial law, compliance, audits, business development, marketing and public relations.

She has more than nineteen years experience as an international specialist with experience in international law and business.

With her international background and qualifications, Paula is an integral member of our successful legal outsourcing team at Dingley Marshall.


Paula completed her articles with Masons (now Pinsent Masons) in London before leaving to practice civil litigation and dispute resolution in what was then Hong Kong’s largest law firm, Johnson Stokes and Master.

There Paula represented various large corporate such as Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation, Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong University and Polytechnic, the various transport companies and the companies running the three cross harbour tunnels. She also ran some training for the trainee solicitors.

Paula arrived in South Africa and assisted in setting up various boutique hotels before joining Jan S. de Villiers as a foreign lawyer doing commercial and litigation work. Thereafter, and at various times, she became the Manager of Human Resources, Marketing, Events, Training and Public Relations.

After seven years she left and set up her own Events Management company called Icon Events. Paula joined us in 2011 and will manage a varied portfolio from international litigation and commercial law to internal matters.



LLB (University of Exeter, United Kingdom)
Honours in the Law Society College of Law Final Examinations (London)

Areas of Law:

  • Litigation and Dispute Resolution
  • Commercial Law
  • Consumer Law

Paula has three children who keep her busy in her spare time.  She is also passionate about her working women’s book club and her fine wine and food club.