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Matthew Smith Senior Associate, Medical Negligence

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Matthew is a senior associate in the medical negligence team at Slater and Gordon in London.

He is a member of APIL and has over 12 years' post-qualification litigation experience advising clients on very complex claims, usually of very high value and of utmost severity. He particularly is involved with obstetric cases, mainly those involving hypoxic brain injury sustained shortly before or at the point of birth, but he undertakes the full remit of medical negligence matters including those involving mental health injury resulting in suicide and other damage, delays in diagnosis and misdiagnosis of oncological issues especially and the full range of surgical errors. He brings claims against both the NHS and private clinicians. 

Within his current caseload are multiple cases worth in excess of a million pounds, the majority of which involve delay in delivery resulting in hypoxic brain injury and developmental delay to the delivered child.

Very recent examples of Matthew’s settled cases include £1million for a delay in diagnosis of melanoma leading to significant lymphodema, a matter settled via a joint settlement meeting in the sum of £250,000 for a client who suffered foot drop and ongoing disability caused as a result of the negligent injuring of the client’s sciatic nerve during hip replacement surgery, and £40,000 for the negligent repair of a straightforward bilateral hernia, leading to a temporary bowel injury which had to be surgically corrected.

Matthew is very passionate about his job and clients often praise him for his extensive knowledge, experience and compassion in bringing these claims.


Career history

  • Since March 2017: Slater and Gordon Lawyers UK
  • 2015-March 2017 - Wixted & Co. Solicitors
  • 2013-2015: Gadsby Wicks Solicitors
  • 2007-2013: JIVA Solicitors (Formerly Alexander Samuel LLP)
  • 2006-2007: Thompsons Solicitors
  • 2003-2006: Beardsells Solicitors


  • Studied at the University of Sheffield

Professional memberships

  • Member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL)

Recent Testimonials for Matthew Smith

“Matthew was both sympathetic and highly professional in pursuing my claim. He was persistent, extremely knowledgeable and always prompt to answer my questions and give me advice and assurances. I am very grateful for all the help I received in obtaining a very satisfactory compensation.”

Dr Richard Dunn

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