Quentin Smith

Quentin has been a full-time, independent, Mediator since May 2007 prior to which he was a litigator, in private practice, for 22 years principally involved with personal injury and professional negligence cases. He has undertaken over 900 mediations with a success rate around 90% – higher with clinical negligence/personal injury cases which account for a significant proportion of the overall total.

The value of the scheduled personal injury claims that he mediated in the last year was in the region of £290m.

His mediation practice encompasses a wide range of other disputes.

For over 11 years, he has been in the top bracket for mediators in both Legal 500 and Chambers.

Three times winner of “Mediation Achiever of the Year” at the Eclipse Proclaim Personal Injury Awards – most recently in November 2017 when the Judges said: “This highly regarded and experienced mediator impressed the Judges with his involvement in a number of very complex and high value mediations His grasp of technical, medical and financial issues, coupled with his ability to calm the waves and put the parties on track, enables him to get a resolution in even the toughest of cases.”

With personal injury/clinical negligence, there is often much more to achieve than simply a financial settlement. Claimants frequently derive benefit from face-to-face acknowledgement of their plight and being treated with dignity/respect rather than at arm’s length. For those defending, they can be satisfied that they really know who, and what, they are dealing with – they can make a much more informed/qualified assessment of risk. Some parties are passive and content to be led by their representatives/advisors, others have something to say and mediation gives them the chance.