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Kim Smerdon


Kim Smerdon leads Boyes Turner’s highly regarded personal injury team. A specialist in catastrophic injury cases, Kim acts for clients with acquired brain damage, spinal injuries and serious orthopaedic injuries.

Kim’s professional biography

Kim Smerdon leads Boyes Turner’s highly regarded personal injury team. A specialist in catastrophic injury cases, Kim acts for clients with acquired brain damage, spinal injuries and serious orthopaedic injuries.Brain injury cases are complex and require specialist knowledge and expertise. Kim’s experience of using the claims process to help seriously brain-injured children and adults regain their independence after the aftermath of an accident has led her to recognise the critical importance of timely rehabilitation for optimum recovery.

Boyes Turner personal injury and industrial disease team - Kim Smerdon, partner

Meet Kim Smerdon, partner and head of the personal injury and industrial diseases teams. Learn more about what motivates her to do the job she does.

Where liability is established, Kim and her team secure early interim payments to pay for specialist equipment, therapies and care, and purchase or adapt suitable accommodation with the emphasis on getting the client’s rehabilitation underway as soon as possible. Kim guides each client through the complexities of the claim with sensitivity and understanding whilst working hard to achieve the highest settlements, alongside the greatest possible recovery.

Kim has extensive experience of all types of personal injury cases and has acted for clients who have been injured in road traffic accidents, in the workplace, as a result of defective products and criminal injuries. As head of Boyes Turner’s successful industrial disease team, Kim also handles claims for sufferers of mesothelioma, asbestosis, pleural thickening and asbestos-related lung cancer.

Kim is often called upon to share her expertise in personal injury claims at seminars and lectures and by the media, including giving television and radio interviews following the Paddington and Ufton Nervet rail crashes and in relation to the group action for claimants who suffered chemical burns from the manufacture of leather sofas.

“'A force to be reckoned with', Kim Smerdon leads the 'very professional group'. " THE LEGAL 500

A keen charity fundraiser, Kim recently completed the 3 Peaks Challenge, climbing Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon in 24 hours to raise over £35,000 for The Debbie Fund, a charity set up to raise funds for research into cervical cancer.

Kim is a member of the Law Society’s Personal Injury Panel and an accredited senior litigator and brain injury specialist with the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL). She is an associate member of the Child Brain Injury Trust, and a member of the Brain Injury Social Work Group, Headway and Spinal Injuries Panel Solicitors. She is a Headway Life Member, a trustee of Headway Thames Valley and a former trustee of Cycle Smart, a charity committed to saving young people’s lives by promoting safer cycling and benefits of using a cycle helmet.

Kim's accreditations

"I was very impressed"
Boyes Turner were excellent, dug in for the long haul and, after, four years of legal wrangling, eventually secured a sum of compensation. At no time did anyone at Boyes Turner consider 'throwing the towel in', which other, less determined firms might easily have done. Throughout this campaign I was very impressed indeed by the belief, understanding and dedication of Boyes Turner. The commitment and service were first-class, so if you are involved in a compensation case you have come to the right firm of solicitors!
"I’m proud of what I’ve achieved in my recovery"
"It really does turn your life upside down in a moment, not just for me but for my family as well. It’s been a difficult journey, sometimes very emotional, but I’m proud of what I’ve achieved in my recovery and in being able to tell this story tooMy story shows what can be achieved with the support of the right people and a little determination. I look back on where I was and I’m delighted with where I am now. I’ve still got a way to go and I still have some effects from the accident to deal with but I hope people see what I’ve achieved and it helps them as they begin their recovery."

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In her spare time, Kim enjoys long walks, running – having run Reading Half Marathon and London 10K on behalf of Headway Thames Valley and the Child Brain Injury Trust - and eating out (hence the long walks and running!).

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