Toby Riley-Smith

Toby is an experienced advocate with a commercial and common law practice. He is consistently recommended by the Legal 500 and/or Chambers UK as a leading junior barrister in his principal areas of his practice, namely (1) Product Liability, (2) Health and Safety (3) Environmental Law (4) Consumer Law and (5) Banking and Finance.

He regularly appears in cases involving consumer products, pharmaceutical / medical devices, financial products, environmental pollution or disasters, health and safety proceedings (civil and criminal), sales of goods, international tort claims, cross-border disputes and commercial recovery actions. He has great experience of group litigation in such cases ' having acted in some of the most high-profile group actions of recent years.

He has appeared in courts in all jurisdictions and at every level - up to the House of Lords. He has particular experience in inquests.

He has recently been appointed to the Attorney General's Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown (A panel). He is one of the few appointees who had not previously served on the B or C Panel.

He has been described variously by the directories as "a dream barrister (Legal 500), 'an industrious intellectual heavyweight (Chambers UK) with a 'superb courtroom manner (Chambers UK), "a charming advocate with great judgment" (Chambers UK), 'hard-working, commercial and pragmatic" (Chambers UK), 'absolutely excellent on his feet (Legal 500) and "exactly the kind of barrister that every solicitor wants" (Chambers UK).

He is an editor of Goode: Consumer Credit Law and Practice, and a contributor to Halsbury's Laws of England (Consumer Credit, 2000), (Civil Procedure (2001), and to the Encyclopaedia of Forms and Precedents (Consumer Credit). His other publications include:

  • Product Liability: Law and Insurance (2000)
  • Blackstone's Guide to the Consumer Credit Act 2006 (2006)
  • Butterworths Commercial and Consumer Law Handbook (2009-2010)

Practice areas


  • Junior Counsel to the Crown, Attorney General's A Panel (2012), COMBAR, HSLA, PIBA, Bar Pro Bono Unit, CEDR


  • CEDR Accredited Mediator, Jules Thorne Scholar (Middle Temple), Inns of Court School of Law, Eton Co

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