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Robert Smith

Year of call 2005, Gray's Inn  

Areas of Expertise

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Criminal Bar Association


LLB, University of Bristol (2002)
Nottingham Law School

Panels / Accreditations
Pupil Supervisor
CPS General Crime Panel  - Category 3
CPS RASSO (Rape and Serious Sexual Offences) Panel
CPS Serious Crime Panel
Youth Court accredited


Robert Smith took up tenancy in chambers following completion of his pupillage in 2007. He specialises in crime, both prosecuting and defending. He is now a pupil supervisor. Robert is also instructed in inquest work.

Robert has been led in cases of the utmost severity including murder, attempted murder, drug conspiracies and rape. Robert was invited to the CPS RASSO Panel in early 2019 and is experienced in prosecuting and defending serious sexual offences in the Crown Court.

Robert is regularly instructed in confiscation proceedings and is also experienced in giving advice concerning public interest immunity matters and legal professional privilege.

Robert is experienced in general advisory work and has recently advised a Manchester Shisha Bar on their responsibilities under the Health Act 2006. In 2016 Robert advised Copeland Borough Council on their response to a local campaign for confiscation proceedings to be brought against a major supermarket and parking company in Whitehaven.

Robert is also experienced in Inquest Work and during the last 12 months has represented the family of the deceased in an Article 2 Inquest following a death in custody and a private client who was involved in a fatal road accident.

Robert most enjoys spending time with his family. His other interests include the travails of Plymouth Argyle football club, amateur dramatics (recently starring in an Agatha Christie play as the spurned fiancée), reading history books and (when he gets the chance) swimming off the Devon coast.


R v M: 2020 Liverpool CC – Led for prosecution by Charles Garside KC - Murder

R v A: 2020 Snaresbrook CC – Defending alone in serious case involving the use of a vehicle and head stamping to cause injury – Section 18

R v J 2019 Manchester CC – Prosecution alone of soap actor for serious assault – national press attention – Wounding

Re DF Nottingham Coroner’s Court 2019  - Representing family of deceased in 5 day Article 2 Inquest following death in custody

R -v- G Minshull Street Crown Court 2019 - Prosecuted defendant for repeated sexual assaults on a female child - Sexual assault

Operation Scarlet 2019 Manchester CC – Led for prosecution by Darren Preston – Attempted murder and firearms

Operation Emboss 2018 Birmingham CC – Led by Mark Monaghan in prosecution of multi handed drugs conspiracy – Drugs Importation

R-v-A Manchester Crown Court – Represented defendant charged with three robberies of commercial premises. Case conducted in absence of defendant.  - Robbery


Robert Smith is a practising barrister, who is regulated by the Bar Standards Board. Details of information held by the BSB about Robert Smith can be found here.

Robert Smith's clerks will happily provide no obligation quotations for all legal services that he provides. Their contact details can be found here. It is most common for Mr Smith to undertake, Magistrates and Crown Court work for a brief fee plus refresher days. For any advisory work including paperwork and conferences, this is most commonly charged at an hourly rate, although fixed fees are available. Mr Smith also accepts instructions on legal aid rates where those are available, details of which can be found here. Mr Smith will typically return paperwork within 10 days, however professional commitments, complexity and volume of documentation can affect these approximate timescales.

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