Stephen Smith QC
A senior silk with an exceptionally strong reputation for civil fraud litigation. He successfully blends a good eye for technical points of law with a pragmatic, inventive and forthright approach to the rough and tumble of litigation. His practice has a recognised international and offshore element, and he has been called to the Bar in the BVI, the Bahamas and the Cayman Islands.
Strengths: "The master of the injunction and probably the best in the country for that type of work." "He is someone whom the court clearly listens to and takes a lot of guidance from. As an advocate he never over-eggs the pudding, and judges trust him because he never makes submissions that are too expansive or emotive. He has handled a large number of cases where his submissions have developed the law."
Recent work: Acted in JSC Mezhprombank v Pugachev, proceedings against a former Russian oligarch in connection with the liquidation of a major bank in Russia.