Martin Smith is a partner in our Public Regulatory Law Group and specialises
in the public sector, healthcare,
energy and the communications sectors. He has particular
expertise as Solicitor to major Public Inquiries.
He advises public bodies and officials on vires, statutory
interpretation, human rights and the fair exercise of their powers
and duties. He also advises a range of private sector organisations
on their interaction with regulators and government.
Martin trained as a barrister and has extensive experience of
public sector litigation, including statutory appeals and judicial
review in tribunals, the High Court, Court of Appeal
He has particular experience of conducting and advising those
conducting independent inquiries and investigations. He has
previously advised Lords Hutton and Morris on their public
inquiries and he headed our team as Solicitors to the Inquests in
to the deaths of Diana, Princess of Wales and Mr Dodi Al Fayed.
He has recently
acted as Solicitor to the
inquests in to the 7/7 London bombings conducted by Lady Justice
Hallett. He has also been involved in a number of independent
private investigations for public sector bodies.
Martin contributes articles and practice notes on judicial
review and consultation (2009) to the PLC website.
Martin also speaks conversational French.