Since joining Stewarts, Chris has recovered damages in excess of £40m for his clients.

Recent settlements include:

  • a complex catastrophic brain injury case on behalf of a protected party who was injured more than 10 years ago in a road traffic accident when eight years old
  • a settlement on behalf of a 19-year-old man who was injured in a road traffic accident in 2014 and rendered tetraplegic. This was valued on a conventional lump sum basis at just over £16.25m


Chris is a member of the Chambers band 1 and The Legal 500 tier 1 personal injury team highlighted as “true specialists in personal injury matters”.

A former client notes: “Stewarts, from the beginning, was fantastic. I felt at ease straightaway and everything was very clearly explained. Daniel Herman and Chris Smith were courteous and professional. Straightaway I noticed the difference from other solicitors: there was no pressure, clear guidelines and my options were laid out clearly. This really helped during the stressful time. My impression of Stewarts is that they are by far the best out there.”


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


After being called to the Bar, Chris worked as a freelance advocate and legal assistant to a leading personal injury silk. 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.


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

He recently presented on the implications of the Working Time Regulations on care provisions in the context of personal injury claims and amputee rehabilitation and pain management.


Chris is currently learning to fly a microlight aeroplane. He plays the drums and takes part in a mix of sports, and also likes to cook and experiment with fusion foods.