Martin Smith, Partner, Public Regulatory
I am a partner in the public & regulatory law group in the London office. I specialise in public law, regulation, inquests and inquiries.
I advise public officials and regulators on the proper exercise of their powers, as well as private sector organisations on how to challenge the decision-making of public bodies. I trained as a barrister and have extensive experience of bringing and defending judicial review applications.
I also have a particular track record of advising those conducting major public inquiries, inquests and other types of investigation. I led our team of solicitors to the Inquest in to the death of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed, the 7/7 London bombings inquests, the inquest in to the death of Alexander Litvinenko and the new inquests arising from the Hillsborough disaster. I acted as solicitor to the Baha Mousa Inquiry in its later stages and (at my previous firm) was solicitor to the Hutton Inquiry. I also advise witnesses and organisations involved in such inquiries and investigations.
I am listed as a leading individual for public and administrative law in Chambers and as having 'extremely good judgment'. The Legal 500 in 2013 quotes sources saying that I am 'probably the best and most experienced public inquiry / inquest solicitor around, and has a wealth of experience in very high-profile cases'.
Chambers UK 2015 describes me as "a man of enormous tact and wisdom"
I am a member of the Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers and the Constitutional and Administrative Law Bar Association.
I regularly speak at and chair conferences on inquests and inquiries. I speak conversational French.
In my spare time I enjoy cooking, gardens and walking my beagle.