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Toby Riley-Smith QC

London, UK UK Bar Guide 2022 Ranked in 5 departments
Ranked in : Consumer Law , Environment , Health & Safety , Product Liability , Inquests & Public Inquiries
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Consumer Law - London (Bar)

Band 2

Toby Riley-Smith QC
Toby Riley-Smith QC is a highly regarded silk with an established reputation for his work on consumer credit and other civil and criminal consumer law matters. He is further recognised for his ability in group litigation.
Strengths: "Thorough in all he does and very accessible, he's a great analyst and tactician." "He has a great depth and breadth of understanding of the consumer finance field."
Recent work: Acted for the defendant in Hodgson v Creation Consumer Finance. The case concerned a novel point of law looking at whether a finance company can be held liable for a salesman alleged to have made misrepresentations.
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Environment - London (Bar)

Band 3

Toby Riley-Smith QC
Specialises in the civil and criminal elements of cases relating to environmental disasters. He is an expert on nuisance and pollution claims linked to flooding and waste operations.
Strengths: "He's a beautiful advocate to listen to and a true expert who wears his expertise lightly."
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Health & Safety - London (Bar)

Band 3

Toby Riley-Smith QC
Toby Riley-Smith QC is an experienced litigator who is regularly called upon to represent multinational corporations and government bodies. Riley-Smith is also routinely instructed to represent individuals at inquests.
Strengths: "Impressive in court, incredibly bright and very thorough in his preparation." "He is a standout individual - he has a fantastic, really great analytical brain."
Recent work: Acted for Whirlpool Corporation in the public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower disaster.
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Product Liability - London (Bar)

Band 2

Toby Riley-Smith QC
Toby Riley-Smith QC is highly regarded for his broad product liability expertise, which includes handling group actions in the medical and pharmaceutical spheres, as well as property damage and consumer product claims. He predominantly defends manufacturers and other companies in product liability litigation.
Strengths: "He can charm the socks off anyone and gets completely stuck in to his cases. He is a delight to work with."
Recent work: Acted for Electrium, a manufacturer of MCB electrical components, in a claim arising out of a fire at an insured domestic property.
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Inquests & Public Inquiries - London (Bar)

Band 3

Toby Riley-Smith QC
Toby Riley-Smith QC represents organisations from the retail, cosmetics and manufacturing sectors at inquests. He is particularly adept at acting on behalf of clients in inquests relating to health and safety incidents. He has additional experience representing healthcare providers in Article 2 inquests.
Strengths: "He is a real details person and completely on top of everything. He is also great at assisting everyone in finding a sensible way forward."
Recent work: Acted on behalf of the Care Inspectorate Wales in the Brithdir inquests, arising from a 2006 investigation by Gwent Police into a number of deaths of elderly people in care homes.
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Practice Areas

He is a leading silk in the fields of (1) consumer law, (2) environmental law, (3) health and safety, (4) inquests/inquiries and (5) product liability. He acts for organisations and individuals in claims, prosecutions, mediations, public inquiries and/or inquests – often representing clients in all of the different processes that follow product failures, accidents or disasters. He has particular expertise in group litigation, having acted in some of the most significant group actions of the last two decades including The Tobacco Litigation, The MMR Vaccine Litigation, The PIP Breast Implant Litigation, The Bodo Oil Pipeline Litigation, The Corin Metal-on-Metal Hip Litigation and The POP / SUI Product Litigation.

Career

Jules Thorne Scholar, Middle Temple (1994). Call (1995). CEDR accredited mediator (2000). Attorney General's A Panel (2012-2016). Honorary Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Credit Management (2015). Queen's Counsel (2016). Middle Temple Advocacy Trainer (2018). Recorder (Western Circuit) (2019). Standing Counsel (Consumer Law) to the Competition and Markets Authority (2021).

Professional Memberships

PIBA, COMBAR, Medico-Legal Society and Health and Safety Lawyers' Association.

Publications

Contributor to / co-editor of: 'Product Liability Law and Insurance'(2000); Halsbury’s Laws of England (Consumer Credit) (2000); Halsbury's Laws of England (Practice and Procedure) (2001); Blackstone's 'Guide to Consumer Credit Act 2006' (2006); Goode: Consumer Credit Law and Practice (Looseleaf)(2007-2018); Butterworths' Commercial and Consumer Law Handbook (2009-2020); The Law of Artificial Intelligence (1st ed) (Thomson Reuters; forthcoming 2020).

Personal

Born 1969; educated Eton College; Trinity College, University of Cambridge; City University; Inns of Court School of Law. Married with three children.

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