Ground-breaking Supreme Court case recognising recoupment rights for EL insurers in mesothelioma cases.
During his time in Chambers, Jamie Smith QC has built up a practice embracing professional liability work, disciplinary & regulatory matters, insurance and commercial fraud.
In all that he does, Jamie brings a meticulous eye for detail and a complete commitment to the cause. He prides himself on being a team player and will not hesitate to work at the coalface and get his hands dirty. Jamie is ever-alert to the clients’ commercial aims, but he is not afraid to give robust advice and to stick to his guns.
He is ranked in the directories for his insurance, professional liability, professional discipline and regulatory work. Recognised by the Legal 500 as a leading Silk in professional negligence, regulatory and disciplinary, Jamie is described as “a clear expert in his field, with a wealth of experience, which means that he is able to advise in a confident and authoritative way, whilst being very approachable. He can be relied upon time and time again to advise on the most complex matters with sensitivity to the individuals involved” (2021). “A good team player with a fine legal brain”, “he has really good judgement, and is also a decent man with a terrific sense of humour” (2019). “An exceptional talent” who is “able to see through complicated legal issues and distil down to the essential points” (2018). Before he took silk, Jamie was also in the ‘Star’ category for professional negligence in Chambers & Partners and is now ranked in the 2021 edition as a Leading Silk for his professional negligence and insurance work. He is described as “absolutely brilliant: he is extremely technical and hands-on; he will give you a view and stick to it. Very client-friendly.” “Great intellect – a top-quality silk.” “He’s very hard-working, has a sensitive understanding of clients’ needs and gets the whole picture. His written work is exemplary and he’s very good on his feet.” “He’s very practical, provides clear solutions and is very good on strategy” (2021). “One of the brightest of the bunch, and extremely user-friendly. Confident but self-aware.” “He is more than willing to jump into the trenches and get involved in the nitty gritty of a case. He is excellent in cases with complex issues that require a meticulous eye for the detail”, “responsive, bright and commercial.” “He really knows his stuff and has the advocacy skills to make his views reality” (2019).
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  AC 509, a ground-breaking Maxwellisation case in the regulatory sphere in R (Lewin) v FRC  1 WLR 2867 and a trip to the Court of Appeal on the meaning of a settlement agreement in Khanty-Mansiysk Recoveries Ltd v Forsters  PNLR 20.