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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)

Margaret Bickford-Smith QC took silk in 2003 having developed a broad practice encompassing high-value and complex negligence cases, property, construction, commercial law and environmental enforcement. She initially practised, based in London, from the leading North-Eastern Circuit set of Lord (Peter) Taylor of Gosford. This involved her in a wide range of work on circuit, including arbitration work, and also nationwide, principally acting for British Coal, for whom she was a standing junior. In London she undertook a broad range of cases from the North-East, including construction, company and commercial law.

Margaret’s skills as advocate and cross-examiner led to a high level of professional recognition that has continued into silk. Now practising from Crown Office Chambers, she sits as Recorder in civil and criminal cases. From 2012 until end January 2014 she was Chair of the Inns of Court Conduct Committee. She has also served as an Executive Committee member of the Professional Negligence Bar Association.

Margaret has become increasingly active in alternative dispute resolution. She has since 2004 been a member of the Mediation Panel of the CIArb, and has mediated a wide variety of claims. She is the current chair of the London Branch of the CIArb, elected in May 2012.

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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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