Miriam Smith joined chambers in April 2018, following the successful completion of pupillage.
Miriam has developed a broad criminal practice, acting for prosecuting authorities and defendants in the magistrates’ court, Crown Court and High Court and representing prisoners before the Parole Board. Miriam also has a growing public law practice and is regularly instructed by government agencies in litigious and advisory matters.
Miriam prosecutes and defends in the magistrates’ court, youth court and Crown Court.
Miriam has experience of cases concerning a broad range of criminal offences including serious and domestic violence, theft and fraud, public order, offensive weapons, drugs, sexual offences and driving offences. She has represented a number of young and vulnerable individuals, in particular those with learning difficulties and mental health conditions, and has experience of working with intermediaries and interpreters. She has experience of a full range of witness handling involving young and vulnerable witnesses, including the cross examination of an illiterate eleven year old defendant with ADHD and low IQ.
Miriam has undertaken junior work in several homicide trials at the Old Bailey. She was instructed as a noting junior for the Crown in the high profile case of Charlie Alliston, a cyclist charged with manslaughter after he hit a pedestrian whilst riding a bicycle with no brakes. She was responsible for matters such as the jury bundle and drafting of admissions, matters ordinarily undertaken by junior counsel beyond her call.
In addition, Miriam has prosecuted cases on behalf of local authorities (for example, for offences under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and the Education Act 1996), the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner and the National Probation Service.