Experience

Since joining Stewarts, Chris has recovered damages in excess of £70m for his clients.

Recent settlements include:

  • a settlement on behalf of a protected party who sustained a catastrophic brain injury in a road traffic accident, valued on a conventional lump sum basis at just over £9.5m with the Financial Services Compensation Scheme as the de facto defendant
  • a settlement on behalf of a 19-year-old man who was injured in a road traffic accident in 2014 and rendered tetraplegic. This claim was valued on a conventional lump sum basis at just over £16.25m

Recognition

Chris is a member of the Chambers and Legal 500 top tier-ranked personal injury team. He was listed as an Associate to Watch in Chambers UK 2022, and as a key lawyer in the Legal 500 2022.

Chambers described Chris as “detail-oriented and meticulous.”

The Legal 500 noted: “Chris Smith’s easy manner and hard work, together with a great relationship with clients, makes him a popular choice with many.”

Expertise

Chris deals with cases involving a wide range of catastrophic injuries including spinal injury, brain injury and amputation and limb loss arising from complex road traffic accidents, accidents at work and public liability claims.

Career

After being called to the Bar, Chris worked as a freelance County Court advocate.

Before joining Stewarts, Chris worked as an associate solicitor acting in complex clinical negligence and injury claims.

 

Accreditations and Memberships

Chris is Chair of the Yorkshire Acquired Brain Injury Forum, and a member of APIL and the Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn.

Publications

Chris has contributed to articles published in the New Law Journal and Barrister magazine.

He recently presented at the Unite Professionals Annual Conference and the Stewarts Traumatic Amputations webinar.

Personal

Chris loves to explore the outdoors with his family.

Chris plays the drums and takes part in a mix of sports. Chris also likes to cook, in particular outside at the BBQ or pizza oven.