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Elizabeth Smith

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Howard Kennedy LLP

Work Department

Personal injury.


Elizabeth specialises in personal injury, Fatal Accident Act cases, clinical negligence, performer´s protection rights, breach of contract, professional negligence, and health and safety issues. Elizabeth’s clients include the Royal College of Nursing and the Society of Radiographers, together with numerous individual clients, including high-profile actors and dancers. Recent work includes advising: the highest-ever value stress at work claim for a nurse, and WRULD cases for both radiographers and nurses; two assault claims in which health professionals were attacked by patients and several manual handling incidents leading to serious injury; serious spinal injury cases; successful litigation of several stress at work cases; upper limb disorder claims for ultrasonographers and mammographers; and several occupational asthma cases.


Training Olswang; then moved to Payne Hicks beach; qualified 1990; Partner Douglas-Mann & Co (equity) 1994; partner Howard Kennedy (profit share, now junior equity) 2008.


French, Spanish.




Queen Mary College; University of London (LLB).


Books, theatre, opera, ballet, travel, skiing, gardening.

London: Insurance

Personal injury: claimant

Within: Personal injury: claimant

Howard Kennedy LLP's client list notably includes those from the entertainment and media sectors and the medical professions. In addition to work relating to injuries and fatalities at work, it also has a focus on claims relating to workplace stress. The team members are valued for being 'very clear communicators' and for being 'firm when needed'. The department is headed by Elizabeth Smith, a 'no-nonsense solicitor with excellent negotiating skills' who 'thinks clearly and quickly and gets to the heart of the problem'. Another key member of the team is Joel Leigh, who specialises in fatal accident claims.

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