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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 )


Accredited as a mediator since 2004, she has been a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Mediation panel since 2007.  She is a member of ADR Group, and a mediator currently registered with the Civil Mediation Council.

Margaret was Mediator/ Judge at the ICC International Commercial Mediation Competition, Paris 2009-2015. In 2013 she was lead Judge at the Final of the Competition.

Her experience as a mediator includes:

  • Construction contracts and subcontracts, including multi-partite disputes
  • Flooring subcontract of a large housing development project, main contractor a major construction company.
  • Commercial Landlord & Tenant: dilapidations, tenancy breach
  • Residential Landlord & Tenant
  • Real Property
  • Boundary and neighbour disputes
  • Party walls
  • Tree roots
  • Subsidence
  • Business disputes: claims for monies due; offshore trust setup
  • Business disputes: property and licensing
  • Personal injury: industrial, office, and general accident claims
  • Clinical negligence: gynaecological and general treatment, diagnostic failure
  • Actions against the police

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  • MA (Oxon)
  • Called to the Bar 1973
  • Recorder (Civil and Criminal cases) 1997-2020
  • Appointed Queens Counsel 2003
  • MCIArb 2006
  • Accredited Mediator 2004


  • Member CIArb Commercial Mediation Panel 2007
  • Chair, CIArb London Branch 2012-2015
  • Chair, Inns of Court Conduct Committee 2012-14
  • Governing Bencher of the Inner Temple 1993-


“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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