Les was called to the Bar at Inner Temple in 1997 having spent nine years as principal Lecturer in Criminal Law at multiple Universities and Colleges
Les has over fourteen years’ experience of appearing for the Defence in serious criminal matters and is widely instructed on all areas of Criminal Law including: murder, torture, wounding, GBH and kidnap, Large scale conspiracy to import and supply Class A Controlled drugs, Conspiracy to defraud, and serious sexual assaults including rape.
In 2012 he was asked to become retained Counsel and In-house advocate for Renshaw Derrick Solicitors, who said of him “Messrs Renshaw Derrick are pleased to be able to recommend Mr. Smith to their Clients with confident that his excellent Jury skills, Client care and thorough preparation will ensure that our Client’s receive the best possible representation.“
Following the retirement of Mr Robert Renshaw and Mr Doug Derrick, Les returns to Chambers to bring his considerable advocacy skills to the Criminal, Family and Civil Law teams.
As a Civil Practitioner, Les previously represented the motor trade in a variety of Commercial, contractual and employment disputes. Instructed by both Renault U.K. and large car dealerships, he was one of only two Counsel instructed to advice Mercedes Benz car dealerships in their challenge to changes in their franchise agreements. This built upon his specialist papers in European Competition Law and Employment Law whilst at Bar school. Les is well versed in Credit Hire Law and is regularly instructed to attend Court on high value claims.
Often attending Court to assist vulnerable clients, Les brings his years of experience and client care to obtain non molestation and prohibited steps orders. Les has experience in Domestic Violence, Private Law children and Care matters.
Les is licensed by the Bar Council to undertake Instructions from Professional Bodies, individual solicitors and by Direct Access.
Outside of practice, Les was one of the youngest persons to stand for Parliament (aged 21), trained as a Local Preacher in the Methodist Church and has an active interest in the psychology of persuasion. “There aren’t many areas of intellectual study, which include the work and rhetoric of Aristotle, Adolf Hitler and Paul McKenna!” he said.
Terms of Instruction
Mr William Smith's terms of business are the Standard Contractual Terms for the Supply of Legal Services by Barristers to Authorised Persons 2012 or such other terms as have been agreed. A copy of the standard terms can be downloaded using the following link.