Ms Ayesha Smart > Exchange Chambers > Leeds, England > Barrister Profile

Exchange Chambers

Work Department

Crime; Personal Injury; Clinical Negligence; Healthcare


Ayesha has practised in the North of England since commencing her pupillage in 2014. She continues to enjoy a mixed practice of crime, personal injury/clinical negligence and regulatory law.

Ayesha prosecutes and defends a variety of offences, however, her speciality is in serious crime and she excels in cases involving medical or expert evidence. She is also recognised as a specialist in animal welfare law.

Ayesha also accepts instructions in personal injury, clinical negligence and regulatory matters. Prior to coming to the bar, she worked in Pathology within the NHS and therefore has particular strengths when dealing with medico-legal cases.


North Eastern Circuit
Gray’s Inn
Criminal Bar Association
UK Centre for Animal Law


LLM in Medical Law and Ethics – University of Edinburgh
LLB (hons) – BPP University
BSc (hons) in Medical Science – University of Leeds


Ayesha is an avid skier and snowboarder. She has two Northern Inuits that she enjoys walking across the Dales.

Ayesha also has a keen interest in music and plays the piano, trumpet, saxophone and bass guitar.

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > North Eastern Circuit > Crime (general and fraud)

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

Ayesha Smart – Exchange Chambers ‘A well-respected junior. She is meticulous and a cogent advocate, with an analytical approach.’

At Exchange Chambers‘ Leeds office, the team of ‘formidable advocates‘ continues to act in high-profile cases of murder, serious violence, large-scale drugs conspiracies, serious sexual offences and high-value fraud. Nicholas Johnson KC is ‘an excellent speech-maker‘, and successfully prosecuted a man who was convicted of the sexual assault and murder of a vulnerable woman. Turning to the junior end of chambers, Eddison Flint defended a man charged with criminal damage to the York Minster after he scaled the building with the intention of taking his own life; he received a suspended sentence. The junior end of the team was bolstered by the arrival of Ayesha Smart.