Marion Smith is Queens Counsel practising from 39 Essex Chambers. She specialises in large scale commercial and construction disputes, involving understanding and applying a complex contractual regime against a challenging technical and factual background. The main emphasis of her practice is:
Commercial and construction litigation across a wide range of industry sectors including building, energy, engineering, financial services, insurance, power and telecommunications.
Professional negligence and regulation especially disputes involving accountants, auditors, barristers, construction professionals and solicitors.
Media and entertainment with an emphasis on the film and music industry.
Marion has extensive experience in representing and advising local and international clients in a broad range of contentious multi-party disputes. She advises and appears before the English High Court including the Commercial Court and the Technology and Construction Court as well as the Court of Appeal. She also appears as an advocate before a range of Tribunals, including under the Rules of the ICC, LCIA, LMAA and the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules. Marion also advises and represents her clients throughout various ADR processes.
Marion regularly acts for clients offshore and has appeared recently in Trinidad and Tobago. Marion is frequently invited by leading law firms to speak on aspects of contract and international commercial arbitration law and procedure.
Since 2014 she has lectured at the Singapore International Arbitration Academy, part of the National University of Singapore’s Centre for International Law and the Faculty of Law. In addition she has provided expert evidence in foreign proceedings on English contract law.
Marion is a Visiting Senior Lecturer in the School of International Arbitration, part of the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University of London.