Adam Smith has been practising family law for over 25 years, specialising in children’s matters for the majority of his career.
He is currently Co- Chair of the Sussex Family Justice Board. Adam is instrumental in the progression of the Sussex Experts witness pilot scheme- which is introducing the Justice Ryder proposals for modernising Family Justice system. He was Chair of the Sussex Family Law Bar association, until he stepped down in 2012 to concentrate on the Local FJB responsibilities.
He is also head of the family team in Brighton.
Adam has extensive experience in all aspects of children’s proceedings- from the Court of Appeal to the Family Proceedings Court. He has been involved in complex and lengthy causation hearings involving conflicting medical expert opinion. He has a track record for effectively representing all parties in proceedings- but derives particular satisfaction from representing child parties in their own right.
Adam enjoys delivering training to all professions and disciplines involved in the family Justice System.
Adam is father to three children. He enjoys his work as Chair of Governors of a local school. When he has any spare time Adam enjoys horse riding and mountain biking on the South Downs. He has travelled extensively throughout Asia, and the Indian Sub-Continent.
Legal 500 describe Adam as:
“tremendous sensitivity” to harrowing children’s work. (2008)
“sensitive, determined and committed to his case” in harrowing children work (2009)
“has a very strong and well-deserved reputation at handling children matters” (2010)
“a popular and busy practitioner” (2011)
“highly regarded on Children Act Cases” (2012)
Adam is also recognized in “Chambers & Partners” 2013 as a leading Practitioner in his field.
Significant cases include the following
Re W (Contact: Joining child as a party) [CA] (2003) 1 FLR 681
Re S  (Multiple NAI head injury- 10 day fact finding)
Re F  (Judicial Review). A high profile matter attracting media attention
Re H (Care proceedings: Disclosure) (CA)  2 FLR 1531
A County Council v K, C & T (CA)  2 FLR 817
Re G (A Child) (CA)  EWCA Civ 1377
Adam Smith accepts work from lay clients in accordance with our Public Access Scheme in the following areas -
Family and Children
Please refer to our Public Access section for further information.
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