Rebecca Smith

Associate

Biography

I joined Irwin Mitchell's Aviation department in January 2014. I have worked exclusively in the field of personal injury claims for over 25 years, acting on behalf of seriously injured people in high value and complex claims. I am experienced in head and spinal injuries, including fatal claims.

My particular area of expertise has been in acting on behalf of those having sustained serious brain and other serious injury, where there is more often than not a desperate need to ensure early rehabilitation and interim payments. Securing the right evidence is key to the success of any claim.

What Inspired You To Get Into Law?

From a very young age, I always knew I wanted to be a lawyer. Achieving justice has been my driving force - especially in the face of adversity. I have spent my whole working life representing those who have needed a voice.

What Is The Most Rewarding Aspect Of Your Role? 

Without doubt, the most rewarding aspect is the knowledge that you have done your best to achieve justice for those who really need it and ensured the best possible financial outcome to enable those affected by tragedy to move towards a positive future 

What Do You Like About Working At Irwin Mitchell?

The firm has a modern approach in its outlook. It really is all about the client. Irwin Mitchell is the leading claimant aviation firm in Europe with a reputation in international litigation.

What Do You Do Away From The Office?

When time allows, I enjoy active sports such as skiing and waterskiing. Have even managed to keep up with my teenage son and learned to wakeboard!

Read My Comments On The Latest News

  • 03/03/2017
    Families Affected By Shoreham Air Show Crash Want Lessons Learned As AAIB Report Published

    “The families have been waiting almost 18 months for answers as to what went wrong on that tragic day and more importantly why. The AAIB investigation and report has been central to the families’ desire to establish the truth as to what happened. They finally have some answers which is clearly a relief. “The overwhelming concerns which remain are the lack of adequate safety regulations which were in place before the accident together with the failure of the organisers of the Air Show to implement existing CAA procedures which were in force at the time. Tragically, it appears that this was a disaster waiting to happen and one that could have been avoided. “It remains a significant disappointment that 18 months after this tragedy occurred, many of the recommendations made by the AAIB to improve the safety of future Air Shows have still not been implemented by the CAA. The CAA has stated they may not be in a position to complete aspects of their investigation until 2018. “The families affected want to be reassured that lessons have been learned to reduce the risk of a tragedy like this happening again and it is distressing to them to see that recommendations which they see as common sense have still not been acted upon. “Indeed, the seeming reluctance by the CAA to adopt a number of the AAIB’s recommendations is a cause of major concern. Questions may now be asked about whether the CAA has given adequate priority to ensuring the safety of the public. At the same time, the families and individuals who we represent have shown astonishing patience, dignity and grace in dealing with tragic loss and terrible injury. We call upon the CAA to acknowledge this and act upon all the recommendations of the AAIB as a matter of urgency. “Nothing can turn back the clock and some of those affected may never fully recover from the trauma of what happened. We are working with our clients to ensure that they secure the best possible support to maximise their recovery and rehabilitation.”

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