Andrew Smith QC

Year of Call 1988         Year of Silk 2002/2016

Andrew has 30 years of experience of litigation in courts at all levels. He has practised at the Scottish Bar (call 1988, silk 2002) with a particular interest and experience in personal injury, medical negligence and other professional negligence claims. His experience ranges across all types of work (apart from tax).

In 2006, he was called to the English Bar, and took silk in England in 2016 having established a busy and successful junior�s practice.

He has appeared in many complex and important cases on both sides of the border, with ten appearances in the Supreme Court (including Montgomery v Lanarkshire Health Board and Kennedy v Cordia); and several more in the House of Lords and Privy Council. He has led in several applications to the ECtHR.

Particular expertise is in high value and complex clinical negligence and PI claims. He is instructed and retained in many multi party actions in both jurisdictions (hips, PIP, vaginal mesh, Vioxx, Celebrex) and works closely with attorneys in the USA and Canada regarding these and other potential claims.


He is an invited reviewer for a number of high impact medical journals, and has had articles published in the BMJ (with others); and the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and is instructed in a number of arbitrations including high value commercial disputes.

A full CV is available if requested.

Andrew has extensive trial (over 500) and appellate (well over a hundred) experience in all courts. He has been rated in Band 1 in Chambers for Medical Negligence work and praised in the directories for his attention to detail, meticulous preparation and ability to innovate.

He splits his time evenly between London and Edinburgh. He appears in the English courts regularly, in a variety of matters from personal injury to commercial hearings.

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