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Christopher Wilson-Smith QC

Christopher Wilson-Smith QC

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Christopher Wilson-Smith’s practice covers personal injury, often compounded by breaches of duty in healthcare following the initial trauma; clinical negligence; and serious crime, primarily involving corporate manslaughter and health and safety cases.

In clinical negligence Christopher acts for claimants and defendants (NHSLA), often involving babies with birth injuries and often compounded by breaches of duty in healthcare following the initial trauma. Across the legal directories he is listed as a leader in personal injury and clinical negligence.

His clients say this of him: “He is always well prepared and his conduct of conferences with experts and joint settlement meetings is exceptional. He shows great skill in identifying the important and relevant issues.”

One of the best cross-examiners in the business, he is an outstanding advocate with finely tuned judgment.”

His larger than life character and bluff amiability disguise his sharp forensic skills honed over many years in both criminal and civil cases of the highest order giving him an ability to see through to the real issues and address them quickly and effectively. His ability to turn around a set of papers in short order is testament to his considerable work ethic and yet his eye for detail often catches out the unwary or ill-prepared.”

Christopher became a Recorder of the Crown Court (civil and crime) in 1977 and Master of Bench Gray’s Inn in 1996. He was also admitted as QC to the Bar of New South Wales in 1996.

Clinical Negligence


Chloe Dolby (by litigation friend – Amber Dolby) v University Hospital of Leicester NHS Trust

Cerebral Palsy case, £Multimillion compensation claim successfully argued.
Client: Emma Zukowska, Senior Associate, Barratt Goff Tomlinson [Recommended in Chambers & Partners 2015].

Simon Barnett v Medway NHS Trust Kent

A misdiagnosis and failure to discover a spinal abscess leading to paralysis.
Client: Robert Dransfield, Partner, Stewarts Law [Recommended in Chambers & Partners 2015].

Martha Richardson-Rudd (by litigation friend – Helen Richardson) v Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Cerebral Palsy case, child has terrible injuries and a massive dependency.
Client: Alison Eddy, Partner, Irwin Mitchell [Recommended in Chambers & Partners 2015].

Maria Michael v Barnet & Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust

A Cerebral Palsy case, over 10 years, £Multimillion claim. Liability and quantum eventually compromised, although challenged.
Client: Claire Stoneman, Partner, Foot Anstey [Recommended in Chambers & Partners 2015].

Paula Maxfield v Medway NHS Trust and Kings College NHS Foundation Trust

Spinal injury, £Multiple millions compensation, complex liabilities and quantum compromised.
Client: Charles Edwards, Associate, Stewarts Law, [Star Associate in Chambers & Partners 2015].

Appointments & Memberships

  • Western Circuit
  • CBA
  • CLBA
  • APIL
  • PNBA
  • AvMA


  • Chambers & Partners Lifetime Achievement Award (2015)

Christopher Wilson-Smith QC is regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and holds a current practising certificate. If you are not satisfied with the service provided, please click here.

Areas of Law




“He was just a huge support. He worked extremely hard and was always available when I needed him. He is also very good with clients.” Clinical Negligence, Chambers & Partners 2018

“Excellent in the courtroom. Sharp as a tack.” Clinical Negligence, Chambers & Partners 2018

“One of the best cross-examiners in the business. He remains an outstanding advocate whose judgement is finely tuned.” Personal Injury, Chambers & Partners 2018

“Absolutely 100% behind clients and prepared to go the extra mile and a whole lot more to protect clients’ interests. Phenomenal commitment and work ethic. A real bonus to any legal team.” Personal Injury, Chambers & Partners 2018

“He has vast experience and is a very skilled negotiator.” Clinical Negligence, Personal Injury, Legal 500 2017

“An excellent advocate on his feet.” Personal Injury, Chambers & Partners 2017

“He’s excellent: excellent judgement, extremely hard worker, does what needs to be done.” Personal Injury, Chambers & Partners 2017

“He is simply phenomenal. His ability to grasp the facts within seconds and cross-examine astutely is a prized skill.” Clinical Negligence, Chambers & Partners 2017

“There is nothing that he has not seen or is capable of not dealing with.” Personal Injury, Legal 500 2016

“Forensic in his approach to claims, decisive and very user-friendly.” Clinical Negligence, Legal 500 2016

“Christopher Wilson-Smith QC has the gravitas and experience to handle the most serious and complex injury claims. Christopher combines in Court advocacy of the very highest level, including unrivalled cross-examination skills, with a very powerful and effective style when it comes to negotiating settlements. He is, quite rightly, a legend.” Personal Injury, Chambers & Partners 2016

“His ability to explain to a client the complexities of their case whilst simultaneously fighting their corner tooth and nail is second to none. Quite simply, he is a force to be reckoned with and one that you want on your side.” Personal Injury, Chambers & Partners 2016

“Christopher Wilson-Smith has a reputation, rightly, for providing a level of advocacy which is beyond compare.” Clinical Negligence, Chambers & Partners 2016

“One of the best cross-examiners in the business, he is an outstanding advocate with finely tuned judgement.” “A very good advocate and negotiator.” Personal Injury, Chambers & Partners 2015

“He is always well prepared and his conduct of conferences with experts and joint settlement meetings is exceptional. He shows great skill in identifying the important and relevant issues.” Clinical Negligence, Chambers & Partners 2015

“He coaxes, teases and humbles expert witnesses in a manner that is admired by all.” Personal Injury, Legal 500 2015

“A force to be reckoned with; he is as sharp as a nail and really fights his clients corner.” Clinical Negligence, Legal 500 2015

“He’s an absolutely outstanding advocate and in terms of being able to consider tactically where the other side will go, he’s always spot-on.” “He’s an excellent advocate when it comes to cross-examination.” Personal Injury, Chambers & Partners 2014

“He is really good at focusing on the key issues in a case. He is also excellent in conference and always takes control when there are a large number of experts.” Clinical Negligence, Chambers & Partners 2014

“An excellent choice for catastrophic personal injury work.” Personal Injury, Legal 500 2014

“A force to be reckoned with.” Clinical Negligence, Legal 500 2014

“Go-to counsel” Christopher Wilson-Smith QC is “tenacious and pugnacious” in court and “inspires confidence” with his “legendary cross-examination.” Personal Injury, Chambers & Partners 2013

A “go-to silk for difficult cases.” Personal Injury, Legal 500 2013

Christopher Wilson-Smith QC is “always willing to put himself out.” Clinical Negligence, Legal 500 2013

Christopher Wilson-Smith QC delivers “advocacy of the very highest level and has unrivalled cross-examination skills.” Personal Injury, Legal 500 2012

Christopher Wilson-Smith QC is “a trial silk you want on your side to scare off the opposition.” He provides “great attention to detail and tactical advice”, whilst also being “superb in settlement negotiations.” Clinical Negligence, Chambers & Partners 2012

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