George Smith

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In care cases he has acted for Local Authorities in multi-day contested hearings for the placement of children. When acting for parents he often receives urgent instructions for contested removals, this requires him to quickly assimilate information and advise clients. He has also acted in hearings for children who have complicated welfare needs. George has appeared in multiple day hearings in front of Magistrates, District Judges, Circuit Judges and has appeared in the High Court. Recently George was led in a 17-day hearing by a senior member of chambers. The case involved cross examination of a child and parties who were litigants in person.


Bar Professional Training Course, University of Law, Very Competent, July 2018

Middle Temple Scholarship 2018

Law (Hons), 2:1 Birmingham University, July 2017


West Midlands Family Law Bar Association (Training Officer)

Member of St Ives Chambers Complaints Committee

Member of St Ives Chambers Equality and Diversity Committee

Family Law Bar Association

Midlands Circuit

Reported Cases

AA & Others [2022] EWFC 200

George Smith was led by Timothy Bowe KC whilst representing a number of children in protracted and complicated care proceedings. The case was a combined fact find and welfare hearing regarding neglect and medical non-compliance by two litigant in person parents.

To read this reported case please click here.


Legal 500 2024: Ranked Tier 1 “rising star” – ‘George is a very strong advocate in court. His advocacy is dynamic. His preparation for court is meticulous, and he is always very familiar with a matter when it comes to hearing. His client care is excellent for a range of clients, including vulnerable clients.’

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