Qualifying as a solicitor in 1995, Darrell joined Keoghs in 2012 and has over 20 years′ experience handling disease related claims, particularly asbestos related cancers. His current practice largely involves absestos related mesothelioma and lung cancer. In addition he handles claims for rare cancers including nasal, bladder and endocrine; securing many discontinuances resulting in savings of several million pounds to his client's.
Amongst Darrell′s notable cases is Smith v Deanpast Ltd & Others (the first decision on material injury dealing with asymptomatic pleural thickening following test litigation for asymptomatic asbestosis claims in Beddoes v Vinters). He also provides training on all aspects of asbestos, NIHL and disease claims handling and writes and lectures on disease related matters.
Latest Insights by Darrell Smith
Issues over life expectancy are often argued in mesothelioma claims and in the case of Magill v Panel Systems, some interesting insight is gained into the court’s approach where the deceased had pre-existing medical conditions.
Client Alerts 26/06/2017
In a Asymptomatic Silicosis case acted for by Partner, Darrell Smith, the judgment of DJ Searle reminds parties that in order to recover damages a claimant must have sustained a material injury which is not just something trivial or 'de minimis'.
On 24 February 2016 the Supreme Court corrected an anomaly which claimants argued under compensated them in fatal claims based on dependency.
Graphene has been termed a ‘miracle material’ and is very much at the forefront of developing nanotechnology. A single sheet of 1m², weighing less than a cat’s whisker, can support the weight of a 4kg cat. But does this magical innovation come with a deadly bite...
The importance of Technical Data Note 13 and its use in mesothelioma litigation is discussed by Partner Darrell Smith.