Dr Megan Smith

Consultant Anaesthetist – Barrister – Medicolegal Expert Witness

Anaesthetist

I qualified as a doctor in 2003 and began my career in anaesthesia in 2006. I have been a consultant anaesthetist in two of the UK’s leading major teaching hospitals, since 2015.

I specialise in adult anaesthesia with a particular focus on peripheral nerve blocks, minimally invasive (usually robotic) renal cancer surgery, orthopaedics, vascular, hand trauma, emergency and plastic surgery. My area of specialist interest is ultrasound guided regional anaesthesia (with or without conscious sedation) which forms a major part of my practice.

Barrister

Prior to studying medicine, I was a practising barrister. I graduated with a First Class Honours degree in law (LL.B) in 1993.

I received a number of prizes during my undergraduate studies including for excellence in Medical Law and Medical Ethics.

I attended the Inns of Court School of Law in London between 1993 and 1994 where I completed my Bar examinations.

I was awarded a number of scholarships and prizes by The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn including the Thomas More, Hardwicke and Shelford Scholarships.

I was called to the Bar in 1994 and practised law until 1997. In 2020 I renewed my practicing certificate and now act as in-house counsel for the campaigning organisation EveryDoctor on a part-time basis.

Expert Witness

I have undertaken expert witness work since 2016. I have acted for both plaintiffs and defendants and am very comfortable advising both. My dual legal and medical qualifications mean that I am uniquely positioned to provide medicolegal advice. As someone who has prepared legal opinions, witness statements, affidavits, pleadings and skeleton arguments for complex and high value cases, I am able to identify the medical and legal issues for clients with clarity and precision. I am also able to anticipate likely lines of argument from those representing the other party in a case, and make recommendations and suggestions about additional information or evidence that is likely to be required.