Partner, Personal Injury Services
Iona's formidable reputation as one of the top personal injury solicitors in the south east has been forged in the High Court and in county courts up and down the country. For over 20 years she has been making a real difference to our clients, winning cases as a result of her sound common sense, determination to succeed and a truly imaginative flair for establishing and communicating the real impact of her clients' injuries.
Iona has created a stable of the vey best Personal Injury/Clinical Negligence London barristers and experts on whose experience and specialisms she draws to ensure that we can achieve the best compensation levels for the injuries and losses sustained by our clients. Her work has brought recognition on a national level and she enjoys membership of the following specialist panels:
- Law Society Personal Injury Panel
- Headway (focussing on those suffering from brain injuries)
- The Spinal Injuries Association
- The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) – Senior Litigator status
Not satisfied with representing only personal injury clients, Iona has developed a wide knowledge and experience of clinical negligence cases where her expertise is underpinned by a Masters Degree in clinical negligence work awarded to her in 2005.
Iona has acted for clients presenting with a vast range of injuries and conditions, including paraplegia, mesothelioma, complex regional pain syndrome, spinal injuries and both traumatic and subtle head/brain injuries. She prides herself on being able to identify all appropriate and achievable heads of potential damages and over the years has had many cases commenced by other firms referred to her and where she has succeeded in securing exceptional outcomes.
Away from the office, Iona enjoys her four children and what little spare time they and her work commitments allow is spent playing her trombone in a swing band, sitting on the Board of Governors of a local primary school and, for some 15 years, attending a local readers' group.
Tel: 01424 730 945
Fax: 01424 735 097
What her clients say
You have restored my faith in the legal system. My view was somewhat jaundiced by my very negative experience of a firm handling the case before you, they having told me that I would not succeed in my claim! I had approached the previous firm after seeing their advert on the television and found them to be slapdash and inefficient, such that my claim had got off on the wrong foot. You have reached the height of your profession and I am just so glad that my friend pointed me in your direction. You have managed to retain a gentleness, kindness and sympathy that was lacking in my previous solicitors. The outcome whereby you have recovered substantial compensation for me was just marvellous.
Mr R. Dellow
I contacted you after a friend had recommended you to me as I was not happy with the solicitors firm I was already using. I had been in a road traffic accident and was left with a serious head injury. Transferring was easy. You took care of all the formalities and covered everything. A busy work schedule was always taken into consideration and my needs accommodated. The whole three years my case went on, you and your staff were continuously polite and professional. I was never hesitant to ask about anything and you were always happy to help. Now the case has settled, I am extremely pleased with the result and seriously doubt it would have happened without you. Many thanks indeed.
Ms Olivia Danis
Dear Iona and colleagues, I write to thank you all on behalf of myself and our family for the professional and sympathetic way our case was dealt with. My wife and I felt very at ease at the Bexhill office where we first met you in the very sad circumstances after the death of my mother. Although our case had been rejected by two other firms, from day one everyone at your office had given us full support and kept us informed at each stage. We could not have hoped for a better outcome to what had happened but with your great knowledge and advice, we knew we were in a good professional and caring business. We would like to thank all of you for everything you have done for us. I can honestly say that we would certainly recommend your company to anyone else who needs help, whatever their problem might be.
When my husband was diagnosed with mesothelioma at the DGH here in Eastbourne I was advised by the consultant to find a lawyer as we would have to seek compensation from his employers. I was advised of several London firms of solicitors. We were already clients of Gaby Hardwicke so I decided to telephone them and ask if they had a department to deal with such matters. Iona Smith came to see us both. I felt confident with her and we instructed them to act on Chris's behalf. After Chris died of the disease, I went to see a barrister here in Eastbourne at their offices. Everything was clearly explained to me about the compensation. I did not have to go to court and we were successful with our claim. I would advise anyone in my position to seek a local solicitor as I felt very regarded and well looked after.
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