Mary Smith

Mary Smith

Associate Legal Director

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I’m passionate about getting answers for people and making a positive difference in their lives, no matter how difficult their situation.

Mary heads up our medical negligence and serious personal injury practice in Bristol. In addition to complex medical negligence cases, she specialises in inquests, public inquiries, and serious or life-changing personal injury claims. She has a particular interest in cases giving rise to declarations under the Human Rights Act.

Patient safety expertise

A patient safety expert, Mary believes passionately, in the valuable role claimant lawyers play in supporting clients to achieve just and fair resolutions and pushing for improvements in healthcare standards.

Mary’s strong healthcare background working in-house in the complaints and litigation department for a large NHS Trust, as well as an auxiliary nurse in both the NHS and the private sector during her legal training, means she has an in-depth understanding of how the healthcare system works.

High profile medical negligence and mental healthcare negligence cases she’s been involved in include misdiagnosis and delayed diagnosis of serious illnesses, surgical and prescribing errors and claims involving perinatal and postnatal depression.

Mary is proud of the results she has achieved for her clients and the difference she has been able to make in their lives. She has been fortunate to be involved in several cases which have gone on to have a far wider impact. These include ensuring safe working practices and systems, improving patient safety within the community, GP, nursing home and hospital settings, to recommendations for the implementation of new National Guidelines.

She has supported many families through Care Quality Commission (CQC) and NHS England investigations, thematic reviews, and investigations ordered by the Secretary of State for Health.

Activities and Achievements

Mary has Senior Litigator status with the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and is an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx).

She is on the LexisNexis Consulting Editorial Board for Medical Negligence and Personal Injury and is a Contributing Editor to APIL’s Personal Injury practitioner journal, published by LexisNexis.

Mary is an experienced public speaker and has given many patient safety talks, including a Keynote Address for the Westminster Health Forum.

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