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Jamie Smith QC

Call: 1995 QC: 2015

During his time in Chambers, Jamie has built up a practice embracing professional liability work, insurance matters and commercial dispute resolution. In all that he does, Jamie brings a meticulous eye for detail and a complete commitment to the cause. He prides himself of being “a good team player” and, whilst mindful of the need to see matters from a commercial perspective, he is not afraid to take decisive action and to stick to his guns.

He is ranked in the directories for his insurance and professional liability work. Recognised by the Legal 500 (2015) as a leading New Silk in professional negligence, Jamie is described as “an exceptional talent”. Before he took silk, Jamie was also in the ‘Star’ category for professional negligence in Chambers & Partners and is now ranked in the 2016 edition as a Leading Silk for his professional negligence and insurance work. He is described as "extremely able, and provides a very incisive analysis of difficult problems", "has an excellent grasp of issues and is not afraid to fight cases. Very easy to get on with and extremely proactive", “highly analytical and able to see through complicated legal issues and distil them down to the essential points”.

Jamie regularly appears in the appellate courts and is equally at home in arbitration. Examples of his recent work include the ground-breaking Supreme Court decision on liability insurance in IEGL v. Zurich and a trilogy of Court of Appeal cases in the professional liability field: Schumann v. Veale Wasbrough (barristers), BPC Hotels (solicitors) and MASNOL (recovery of swap costs in lender claims).

He is a committee member of the Professional Negligence Bar Association and a member of the Chancery Bar Association, the London Common Law & Commercial Bar Association, the Commercial Bar Association and the British Insurance Law Association.


M.A. (Cantab.)