Ross Smith

Ross Smith, Partner, Head of Travel LEI

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Ross is a market leading lawyer and a member of Simpson Millar’s Senior Management Leadership Team (SMLT).

As a Departmental head, Ross represents individuals and corporate bodies when recovering damages and subrogated losses from incidents arising while travelling or working abroad. He leads a strong team of Travel lawyers, who combine their expertise with an empathetic and straightforward approach.

Ross has a niche in developing Brownlie common law/Rome II litigation alongside historic Direct Right of Action claims, as well as demonstrating his skill in relation to Montreal Convention and Athens Convention matters. He is experienced in handling Package Travel Regulations (PTR) cases, ski accidents as well as foreign road traffic accident claims and has an in-depth understanding of relevant EU Regulations.

As part of his approach to Travel Law, Ross continuously develops his litigation strategy, utilising a specific problem-solving skillset to find new and inventive approaches to his clients’ cases.

In addition to undertaking all forms of Travel disputes, as part of his senior leadership role, Ross enjoys being approached by his colleagues for advice and has established an internal Mentoring Scheme to promote learning and development as well as good practice.

Ross has had many notable cases reported in the media and legal reports. He is known for taking a “no nonsense, get results” approach to Travel Law, while remaining approachable and ensuring that he clearly explains the legal process to keep his clients informed.

Chambers and Partners have described Ross as being "proactive, assertive and informative" and excelling in "bringing direct right of action claims against foreign insurers." Other sources add that they "wouldn't hesitate to recommend him as he has a very good understanding of claims which have an international element."

They also say that he is "increasingly well known for his work on more complex claims including direct actions in the UK against foreign insurers". Ross’s peers appreciate that "he is practical" and "gets to the point", and "has a keen sense of merit on a lot of cases and a realistic view on their prospects."

Interests outside of work

Ross enjoys short breaks in Europe, watching sport – particularly live football – with his daughter, as well playing golf and cricket.

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