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Margaret Bickford-Smith QC

Call 1973 • QC 2003

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

Criminal Regulatory & Environmental

Margaret’s experience includes cases of alleged discharge and pollution by (oil, odour, fume, effluent, noxious waste) to air, ground and water.

She has advised on rights, duties and liability in connection with mining, minerals and subsidence.

She led the successful defence of a West Midlands foundry in a lengthy criminal prosecution under the Environmental Protection Act (alleged breach of authorization conditions). The case involved a team of experts co-ordinating environmental and scientific evidence. Art.6, European Human Rights Convention was engaged, case was dismissed.

Enforcement appeal public enquiry into alleged EPA authorization contravention: this was successfully compromised with the local authority on eve of full enquiry.

She represented an industrial estate tenant in proceedings arising out of alleged discharge of oil and waste and resulting contamination: issues of permeability of soils, surface water flows, migration and drainage systems; watercourse; oil and diesel; obligations under lease. The case was successfully settled by mediation.

She has advised on IPPC authorization conditions.

She successfully advised in connection with a multi-party environmental claim for neighbourhood nuisance and industrial pollution: the case was discontinued.

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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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