Richard Smith’s practice focusses on professional discipline, clinical negligence, professional negligence, personal injury and costs.
Professional Discipline: Richard has broad experience of representing medical practitioners before their regulatory bodies. He regularly appears before the Fitness to Practise Panel of the MPTS in cases brought by the GMC, and before the Professional Conduct Committee of the GDC. He is also instructed frequently in cases where the regulator is seeking an interim order.
Clinical Negligence: Richard is instructed on behalf of both Claimants and Defendants in cases of clinical negligence of all types. He has a solid experience and active caseload including multi-million pound claims and is involved in claims at all stages from pre-action to trial. He frequently advises on substantive matters of liability and quantum, as well as on procedural and interlocutory matters. He also appears at inquests for families and medical professionals in cases where the death is thought to have resulted from clinical error.
Professional Negligence: Richard’s experience in this field primarily focusses on negligence claims against solicitors and barristers, although he has also appeared in cases brought against surveyors, architects and accountants.
Personal Injury: Richard has extensive experience in the field of personal injury including claims for injuries of the utmost severity. He has a particular experience in acting for victims of abuse.
Costs: Richard is often called upon to advise on costs issues arising out of cases in the areas of law listed above. He has appeared in the SCCO to argue matters of law prior to or during detailed assessment proceedings.”
Richard is recommended by Legal 500 for Professional Negligence: ‘Razor-sharp, to the point and always on top of the detail.’ “….provides very good commercial advice” and for Professional Discipline: ‘Extremely knowledgeable.’ “A very solid advocate” “Through his extremely laidback style he delivers incisive advice and highly effective advocacy.”
MA (Cantab) Law
Significant cases include the following
BJM v Eyre  EWHC 2856 (QB)
Lillywhite & Anor v University College London Hospitals NHS Trust  EWCA Civ 1466 (07 December 2005)
Brown v Birmingham and Black Country Strategic Health Authority & Ors  EWHC 1098 (QB) (22 June 2005)
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