Pauline Lyle-Smith practised law in Sydney at Freehill, Hollingdale & Page (now Herbert, Smith Freehills) a leading international law firm.
After coming to the UK she founded, established and developed the unique and successful system of document exchanges (DX) in the UK, Ireland and North America.
She was instrumental in having the UK Post Office monopoly law relaxed and the law changed to make service of documents ‘good service’ under court rules. The DX system began with the legal and insurance sectors but was extended to a wide range of businesses and organisations including government departments. It is now a successful logistics company.
Pauline then set up and edited the UK Chambers and Partners Guide to the Legal Profession. This assesses and ranks in their specialisations the leading law firms, barristers’ chambers, solicitors and barristers across the UK and which 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 (see below) and has been closely involved in assisting the local community and businesses in Hammersmith and Fulham for over 30 years including two years as Mayoress of Hammersmith and Fulham. She is very involved in many voluntary aspects of the relationship between Britain and Australia.
She is qualified to practise law in NSW (Australia), England & Wales and the USA (NY State).
Boards and Committees
Pauline was Chairman of the University of Sydney UK Alumni Association (USUKAA) for eight years, 2011 Chairman of The Cook Society (formed by Robert Menzies and Alec Douglas Home in 1969), a member of Menzies Centre Bicentenary Scholarships and Fellowships Selection Committee, and a board member of Kensington, Chelsea and Fulham Conservative Association for six years, She was Mayoress of Hammersmith and Fulham 2011/2012 and 2013/2014.
She is Deputy Chairman of the Britain-Australia Society Education Trust (BASET) which oversaw the Arthur Phillip Memorials in the UK in 2014 (the bicentenary of his death), including a memorial in the main aisle in Westminster Abbey, an armillary sphere in Bath and memorials in the New Forest and which is now concentrating on educational grants. She was on the committee which oversaw the construction and siting of a statue to Matthew Flinders in July 2014 (the bicentenary of his death). (This was by unveiled by Prince William at Australia House and is now on public view at Euston Station). She Is a trustee of the Friends of the University of Sydney Trust, a committee member of The Cook Society, Brand Ambassador of the DX, a Council member of USUKAA, and a member of the Menzies Australia Institute Advisory Board at King’s College London.