Vasanti Vaitha

Associate: Higher Court Advocate
Practice areas
What I do

Having completed the Legal Practice Course at the University of Sheffield, I joined Smith Partnership as a Paralegal in 2001. I went on to complete my training contract with the firm and I qualified as a Solicitor in 2004.

I was made an Associate in 2009 and have since successfully qualified as a Higher Courts Advocate in both criminal and civil advocacy.

I am police station accredited as well as being a member of the duty solicitor scheme.

I specialise in criminal law and I head up our Crown Court team in Leicester. I appear regularly at the Crown Court and my case load includes a variety of serious matters including violent crime, sexual offences, robbery, drug offences and fraud.

I also manage the department which involves submitting bills to the LAA / clients, managing staff and also liaising with other organisations to include Courts and court staff, CPS and the police amongst many others.

I am professional, efficient, assertive, hardworking and a perfectionist. I have a good sense of humour and I am approachable.

I live and breathe the job. 

Thank you, you have really helped us through a very difficult time in our lives and have guided us when we needed that support.

Client, Smith Partnership

In 2019 I was facing serious charges which would have impacted on my life dramatically and ended up in a moderately length prison sentence, but thanks to Steve Newcombe I managed to come off with a suspended sentence. If it wasn’t for his knowledge and more importantly his relationships in the court of Leicester he managed to make sure I walked away from the court to see the birth of my daughter. I am so grateful and a cannot recommend another firm like this one. This has really given me hope Thank you so much Steve and also to Vaz Vaitha for handling my case. I give this firm a solid 5 star rating I cannot thank you enough.

Client, Crime

On behalf of myself and my family I wanted to give you and your team my sincere thanks for the work completed on our behalf.

From the initial meeting we were treated with respect and had the benefit of meeting several members of your team who all shared the same goal “to get the best outcome possible”. In the end this was exceeded considerably!

After many months, of your unending patience and commitment, we became aware that there would need to be a large amount of background work that needed to be done before we could prepare for the initial and final hearings. The quality of the advise given and the expertise with which the preparation was completed meant that we felt, and were, involved at all times.

We put our faith in a company that was recommended to us. We were not disappointed. They are undeniably brilliant, with a breadth of knowledge that was infinite while at the same time making the service personal to us as a client.

I would not hesitate to recommend them for all aspects of legal work in the future.

Client, Crime

Vaz is a very good and well qualified solicitor, she does very well in her job role to support the individuals in the case and ensure the best outcome. My fiance has been in trouble most of his life and Vas has always been there in every case to support him. I can assure that jut because you've got yourself in trouble doesn't men nobody wants to help you or provide you with the best outcome. My fiance was looking at 7-8 years but only got 5 years and will do less with a guilty plea and remand time. We are very happy with the support off Vaz and the team and a big box of chocolates will be coming her way.

Client, Crime

Vasanti was very professional and friendly  lawyer at smith partnership. Right from the first contact she reassured and advised me given the circumstances, I was listened to, my questions were answered clearly and I was advised of the best and worst case scenarios right from the start. She stayed professional throughout and used her vast experience, until a satisfactory conclusion was achieved. The outcome was so much better than anticipated and I don't believe this would be the case without Vasanti’s help. I would highly recommend Vasanti. Thank you so much for your help. 

Client, Crime

Hi Vaz & Steve, I would like at this stage to say a big thank you to both of you for your help, support and understanding through this. It's been a tough time and without you in the background things would have been extremely frightening. The outcome wasn't exactly what we all hoped for but it could and would have been a lot worse without your professional help - Thank you!

Client, Crime

Vasanti, thank you so much for your honesty in this horrendous journey. I am glad it has come to this conclusion as I feel the judge was lenient in my sentencing, it could have definitely gone a lot worse and for that I am grateful.

You were extremely helpful throughout and I appreciated your transparency from the outset. I believe you did everything you could to help my case.

Client, Crime

Helped me out a lot really friendly and professional kept in touch with my family as well and updated regularly, Vaz.

Client, Crime - Google

Just want to thank the whole team and amazing representation they’ve provided me with throughout my cases. I cannot thank you all enough. Vasanti Vaitha, Kevin Thompson you’re amazing. Thank you so much.

Client, Crime - Trust Pilot

 I'm 31 years old and never been on the wrong side of the law. Not knowing what to do or where to turn! Smith's have helped me from start to finish. I have not been treated like a criminal, they are very professional and I have had so much advice from them.! They know what they are talking about! Would like to thank vaz, Steve and hannah and other staff for aiding me in these stressful times and fighting my corner. I feel they understand my side and are extremely polite!

Client, Crime

I have been with Smiths for a few years now and I was very impressed with how well my legal council represented me. I was a co defender and I feel the company my brother went with could have done better but I cannot fault the way that Smith dealt with my case resulting in me being not guilty.

Client, Crime

When we needed an excellent solicitor advocate at short notice, Vasanti Vaitha and Steven Newcombe worked so hard to ensure we had excellent representation as well as clear, thoughtful communication all through. At a very difficult time they were approachable, sensitive, fair and totally professional. We can recommend them wholeheartedly.

Client, Crime - Google

I would just like to extend my gratitude to you and all those involved in my case. I cannot thank you enough for making what was a very difficult time for myself and my family that little bit easier, with your pleasant demeanour and the work you have done on my behalf since these proceedings began.


Client, Crime