Pauline Lyle-Smith

BA 1967, LLB 1970

Pauline graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws from the University of Sydney and, after qualifying as a solicitor in NSW, practised law at Freehill, Hollingdale & Page in Sydney for four years. She lived at Women’s College for five years and then International House for three years. (Whilst practising law she carried out evening pro bono legal work at the Wayside Chapel in King’s Cross, Sydney).

She then travelled to London where, as Director of BRITDOC, she established and developed the unique and successful system of document exchanges (DX) in the UK, Ireland and North America. This was based on her experience of having used the system as a lawyer in Sydney.

She was instrumental in having the law regarding the UK Post Office monopoly relaxed and the law changed to make service of documents ‘good service’ under court rules. The system began with the legal and insurance sectors but was extended to a wide range of businesses and organisations including Government Departments. In July 2006 the DX was sold by Hays PLC to Candover for £350 million and is now in private ownership.

She then set up and edited the UK Chambers and Partners Guide to the Legal Profession. This assesses and ranks the leading law firms, barristers’ chambers, solicitors and barristers across the UK and is now a brand leader in its field internationally.

She carried this knowledge forward to help publish Legal Profiles across Australia. She has also assisted in the establishment of leading legal magazines.

She has served on various Boards and Committees. She is currently Chairman of the University of
Sydney UK Alumni Association, Trustee of the Friends of the University of Sydney Trust, Deputy Chairman of The Cook Society (formed by Robert Menzies and Alec Douglas Home in 1969), (Chairman of The Cook Society 2011) Board Member of the Britain-Australia Society, Board Member of Menzies Centre's Advisory Board, Member of Menzies Centre Scholarships and Fellowships Selection Committee, Board member of Kensington, Chelsea and Fulham Conservative Association and Deputy Mayoress of Hammersmith and Fulham (Mayoress 2011/2012).

She has been closely involved in assisting the local community and businesses in Hammersmith and Fulham for over 20 years.

She is qualified to practise law in NSW, Australia, England & Wales and the USA (NY State).

She and her husband live in Fulham.