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Elizabeth Smith is open, engaged and very clear. She provides us with a tremendously high level of support and service.

Chambers UK 2023

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.

Recently her list of clients has diversified and includes an A-List film actor, a high-rated personal assistant to a multi-millionaire, an undercover reporter, a commodities broker, a veterinary specialist, and a paediatrician all of whom have suffered work-related stress injury. These are demanding, high profile cases.

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
  • Successfully settled two clinical negligence cases.
  • Acted on a claim brought by a radiographer in which a patient jarred the client's arm causing permanent damage.
  • Acted on a claim brought by a sonographer who suffered injury to the wrist when scanning a pregnant patient.
  • Acted on a claim brought by a radiographer who suffered mental problems following an assault at work during night duty.
  • Acting on a high-value stress injury, and another where the client attempted suicide following bullying at work.
  • Acted for Harvey Proctor, a former Conservative politician involved in the disastrous "Operation Midland" claim. The Metropolitan Police was sued for damages for the stress injuries caused and Elizabeth was instrumental in achieving the highest-ever settlement effected by the Police for damages caused as a result of their negligence. 
  • Recognised in "The Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom" for expertise in Personal Injury Litigation. Best Lawyers 12 edition, 2024
  • Ranked Band 4, Personal Injury: Mainly Claimant, Chambers UK 2023
  • "Elizabeth Smith is open, engaged and very clear. She provides us with a tremendously high level of support and service." Chambers UK 2023
  • "She is a fearsome but engaging negotiator, securing excellent results for clients." Chambers UK 2023
  • "A highly experienced trade union personal injury lawyer who is fearless in taking on difficult cases and pushes for the best outcome." Chambers UK 2022
  • "Extraordinarily dedicated and client-focused. She is robust and determined without ever losing the personal touch." Chambers UK 2022
  • "An excellent negotiator who is very good with clients." Chambers UK 2022
  • Listed as Key Lawyer, Insurance: Personal Injury: Claimant, Legal 500 2022
  • "Elizabeth Smith – doyenne of occupational stress litigation; incredible negotiator; fights fearlessly for her clients." Legal 500 2022
  • "Elizabeth Smith is a proper force of nature. She is lovely to work with and is tenacious fighting for her clients." Legal 500 2022
  • "Elizabeth Smith shows attention to detail which ensures that she presents the best possible case for her clients. She is a great tactician." Legal 500 2022
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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