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Sally Smith QC

Call:  1977 
QC: 1997


Sally Smith has specialised in medical law for the past fifteen years.  She has extensive experience of clinical negligence claims acting for both claimants and defendants and has developed a particular interest in class actions.  She represented the NHS in the Benzodiazephine claims, the RAGE breast radiation claims and the Liverpool and Nationwide Organ Retention claims.

In more recent years she has defended one high profile case in the General Medical Council and prosecuted a number.  She led the prosecution in the GMC of the doctors involved in the MMR issues.

She acted for the Strategic Health Authority in the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry.


Sally Smith QC is listed as a leading silk in both Legal 500 (2007) and Chambers & Partners 2008.

Clinical Negligence

"She is wonderful and is always so composed." (Chambers and Partners 2016)

“She's very effective and so easy to work with. (Chambers and Partners 2014)

Is a “first rate” and effective silk with a particular interest in group action cases. (Chambers and Partners 2012)

A "rock solid, reliable performer" (Chambers and Partners 2007) who's "dedicated following shows no sign of diminution." (Chambers and Partners 2008)

Professional Discipline

a prolific performer at the Professional Discipline Bar, who has a complementary specialism in clinical negligence. She is noted for having "a calming yet authoritative manner in court." (Chambers and Partners 2013)

Has distinguished herself time and again in some of the most controversial and heart rending GMC hearings of the last decade. (Chambers and Partners 2012)

"The…well-regarded Sally Smith QC is adept at handling both defence and prosecution work without any problems.  She is comfortable dealing with big cases, a fact illustrated by her involvement in the prosecution of Dr Andrew Wakefield." (Chambers and Partners 2008)

Public Inquiries/ Inquests and Public Inquiries

"Very good, committed and clever." (Chambers and Partners 2014)

"supremely professional in her approach," and "ensured that the key points were made clear ..." She is "an authoritative character" who controls situations well and is "a calming influence on others around her." (Chambers and Partners 2013)


London University (LLB)


She has published a number of articles (including articles on ethical issues) and is co-author of a chapter of a book on personal injury damages.
She has also lectured widely on subjects relating to medical law.


Member of Ethics and Governance Council of UK Biobank (2005 – 2009)
Member of Medical Research Council Ethics Committee (2004 – 2009)
Royal College of Physicians Ethics Committee (2000 to 2009)
St Thomas Hospital Ethics Committee - Vice Chairman (1994 – 2001)
Sat on Pilot Committee for GMC Defective Performance in Doctors new rules - setting up scheme for disciplinary procedures
Advised Royal College of Physicians on legal aspects of Guidelines on Valvular Heart Disease

Significant cases include the following

Clinical Negligence

Benzodiazepine representing health authorities

Radio Action Group Exposure - RAGE - (Breast Cancer) representing health authorities

Inquiry into Organ Retention - representing the Royal Liverpool Children's NHS Trust in the inquiry.  Subsequent group litigation involving Liverpool and Nationwide Organ Retention claims representing NHS.


Appeared in a number of hearings before various Committees of the GMC.  Led the prosecution of the doctors involved in the MMR issue.

Major HC (90) 9's

Chaired one HC (90)9 for Ormskirk Hospital (3 weeks).

Represented Trust in one HC (90)9 for Hastings and Rother NHS Trust (2 weeks).

Represented Defence Unions in one HC (90)9 (5 weeks).


Acted for the strategic health authority in the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Independent Public Inquiry

Other information

VAT Registration No:  245 3658 50


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Celebration Dinner for James Badenoch QC, Kieran Coonan QC, Terence Coghlan QC, Sally Smith QC, Joanna Glynn QC and Lorraine McHale
Sally Smith QC Writes Scenes for Court One of the Old Bailey
Sally Smith QC speaking at the Brighton Festival
Sally Smith QC publishes book on Marshall Hall