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The department is headed by Elizabeth Smith, a 'no-nonsense solicitor with excellent negotiating skills' who 'thinks clearly and quickly and gets to the heart of the problem'.

Personal Injury:Claimant
Legal 500 2019

Elizabeth Smith specialises in personal injury and clinical negligence, with particular experience in the field of employers' liability injuries.

Elizabeth is a solicitor advising on all types of work-related injury, however she has particular expertise in work related upper limb disorders, manual handling claims, and stress at work cases.

She acts for trade union members and professional associations, with extensive expertise supporting employees of the NHS, radiographers, nurses, health visitors, and actors, dancers and stunt performers in films.

However she has also recently acted on behalf of a Commodities Broker, a Veterinary Specialist, a Paediatrician, a Restaurant owner and a Post Office worker, all of whom have suffered stress injury caused by their employer.

Elizabeth undertakes much of her own advocacy work in the Lower Courts, and works closely with a team of experienced barristers who understand the nature of her work when representing clients through the litigation process.

Any injury in the workplace causes emotional stress as well as physical disability. Elizabeth supports her clients by recognising this and always making herself available. She looks to avoid full blown litigation by finding creative ways to resolve a situation and reaching settlement. 

Recent work
Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence cases generally take at least two years from first instruction to conclusion. This year so far Elizabeth has settled two Clinical Negligence cases, and, between January and April 2019, no less than six work related injury cases which were all due to go to trial and which settled within three weeks of the trial. Most of these cases resulted in six-figure settlements for her clients. She is currently awaiting trial on three significant stress at work cases, a lifting injury to a nurse, and one to a radiographer. 

Elizabeth is ranked Band 4 in Personal Injury: Mainly Claimant - London (Firms) by Chambers UK 2020. Sources say she is "fantastic at negotiating settlements" thanks to "never compromising on the client's claims.".

Elizabeth's "tremendous knowledge" and "good judgement on cases and issues." have been noted by Chambers & Partners 2019 in Personal Injury: Mainly Claimant - London (Firms).

Did you know
Elizabeth's first career was as a Fashion Editor and she still confesses to an obsession with beautiful clothes. 


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