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Margaret Bickford-Smith KC

Call 1973 • KC 2003

"Highly experienced in clinical negligence as well as injury and disease work."
(Legal 500 2014)


Her experience as a mediator reflects her advocacy and advisory experience, and includes:

  • Commercial disputes:
    – Claims for monies due
    – Offshore trust setup
    – Property and licensing
  • Personal injury: industrial, office, and general accident claims
  • Actions against the police:
    – False imprisonment, malicious prosecution, exemplary and aggravated damages,
    quantum and recoverability of losses sustained
    – Allegations of interference with Article 8 right to private life, alleged breach of common
    law right to fairness, allegations of police malpractice in dealing with prosecutions,
    Enhanced Criminal Record Certificates
    – Associated judicial review issues.
  • Clinical negligence: gynaecological and general treatment, diagnostic failure
  • Construction contracts and subcontracts, including multi-partite disputes
    – Flooring subcontract of a large housing development project, main contractor a major
    construction company.
  • Landlord & Tenant Commercial: dilapidations, tenancy breach
  • Landlord & Tenant Residential: dilapidations, covenants
  • Real Property
    – Boundary and neighbour disputes
    – Party walls, Tree roots, Subsidence
  • Chancery:
    – Inheritance, wills, trusts

Margaret was from 2009 to 2016 a Mediator/ Judge at the Paris ICC International Commercial Mediation Competition. In 2013 she was lead Judge at the Final of the Competition.

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  • MA (Oxon)
  • Recorder (Civil and Criminal cases)
  • Queens Counsel 2003


  • Bencher of the Inner Temple
  • CIArb Mediation Panel
  • Vice-Chair, Inns Conduct Committee 2009


“Highly experienced in clinical negligence as well as injury and disease work.”

Legal 500 2014

“Committed…utterly dependable…has a fantastic manner with clients.”

Legal 500 2010

“Recommended where complex care and social issues are involved.”

Legal 500 2009

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