DERRICK SMETHURST ( Personal Injury Partner )
Derrick obtained an honours degree in Law at Manchester Metropolitan University in 1982. After completing his Law Society finals, he joined Russell & Russell’s Farnworth office in 1983 as an Articled Clerk and completed his Articles in 1985, when he qualified as a Solicitor.
He initially practised in all areas of law, including personal injury and general litigation. He has exclusively specialised in accident and personal injury claims acting on behalf of injured Claimants for almost 35 years.
Derrick is an equity partner at Russell & Russell and the head of the Personal Injury department where he has overseen the department’s development to a major player on a national level in a competitive and dynamic area of law. Whilst managing the department, he runs a case load including accident and injury cases in the workplace, industrial disease, repetitive strain injury, severe injury cases, and clinical negligence.
He has successfully concluded cases where the award of compensation has been above £1 million. He also deals with fatal accident cases.
He has the knowledge, experience and supportive approach to offer guidance and assistance to the victims and families of victims, involved in tragic and catastrophic accidents.
Away from the office, Derrick enjoys spending time with his wife, Gill and his family. He likes to play golf, follows most sports, and spends what is left of his time either in the gym keeping fit or listening to music and reading.
- The Law Society Panel for Approved Personal Injury Solicitors
- The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL)
- Motor Accident Solicitors Society (MASS)
"Couldn't have wished for a better outcome, very satisfied with all Mr. Smethurst's team. I would like to give a big thank you to Julie who I dealt with the most. I would definitely recommend Russell and Russell to anyone."
"I would just like to add that although both my claims came to nothing in the end, the manner in which you dealt with my claims and the thoroughness of detail was excellent and I thank you for that.
"You have dealt with me in a friendly and professional manner that has left me at ease that you were doing the best for me and he best possible outcome.I would have no hesitation in using your services again and would recommend you to any of my acquaintances. Many thanks."
"Kept informed at all times and always ready to answer any concerns or questions. Overall, an excellent service."
"I would like to thank you for the very professional way you dealt with my claim, everything was explained to me clearly, I would not hesitate use your services again if required and would you to family and friends."