Deirdre Smythe 

Membership Status: Barrister - Full Member

General Information

A dual-qualified Barrister at the English and Irish Bar, Dee Smyth has extensive experience in Family and Criminal Law, as well as other aspects of Civil Law.

With an empathetic approach, Dee speaks on behalf of those who may not be able to articulate themselves, including those with a disability and mental health issues. She fights on her clients’ behalf to get the best possible case outcome.

Dee’s legal career began as a Child Protection Officer and a Children’s Rights Advocate. She visited a number of  Disabled Children’s Homes to ensure their environment was safe and that proper education was provided. Dee has a background in Social Work, the Probation Service and Ministry of Justice ,whilst completing her law degree and post qualifications for the Bar. She also has experience as a County Court Advocate.

As a result, Dee has a unique understanding of the social care system, legal system and prison service and adopts a holistic approach to helping her clients resolve their case. Dee says “As a Barrister, I listen to what my clients have to say. I act as I would want to be represented, with respect, warmth and sincerity.”

Legal Expertise

Family and Child Law – including contested care proceedings and adoption, non molestation orders/ domestic abuse issues and matters concerning family and children disputes including contact agreements.

Criminal Law – including assault, offences involving  violence, robbery (gang-related), sexual abuse, substance misuse and terrorism cases

Asylum/Human Rights

Education Law/SEN issues.

Housing and Landlord/Tenant

Personal Injury/ Road Traffic Accidents

Prison Law

Solicitor instructed and Direct Access

Dee accepts instructions from both solicitors and members of the public. She adopts a balanced approach, representing both claimants and respondents, victims and defendants.

Court appearances

Dee regularly appears in the County Courts, Family Courts and Magistrates Courts, as well as attending the High Court, Crown Court and Court of Appeal. Dee was part of the legal team at the first-ever televised hearing at the Supreme Court in Ireland in which they won their historic case by a majority ruling.

Pro Bono work

Passionate about access to justice, Dee completes pro bono work for Justice for Women. She also works pro bono for Bail for Immigration Detainees, representing individuals who are in detention centres.

Professional qualifications

Barrister-at-Law degree; Kings Inns, Dublin

Certificate (Arbitration); Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London

LLM Master of Law (International Human Rights); Birmingham City University

Post Graduate Diploma (Bar Vocational Course); Inns of Court School of Law, London

Masters degree (Law of the Built Environment); Birmingham City University

LLB Hons (Law); University of Wolverhampton

Beyond her interest in the Law, Dee enjoys martial arts and once represented Northern Ireland at the European Championships in Judo. Dee is a Director of a not-for-profit Community Housing Company. She also works with  serious risk offenders in Hostels , working with them on their sentence plans and  helping to  rehabilitate them back  into the community.

Feedback

Thanks to the Clerksroom Direct guys and especially Deirdre Smythe. She knows her craft inside and out. Wow she blew my mind away. I was able to achieve what I wanted and with her guidance we achieved it as a team. Thank you once again to Deirdre Smythe. I would choose you all over again. What a time to end this hearing. You are simply the best.

Mr E.A. Direct access client

I used Clerksroom direct and was appointed Deidre Smythe for an unlawful eviction case for my shop. Deidre was very polite, listened carefully to me, reviewed my court papers and she sought the right the legal road to put my case on track. I was beyond happy with Ms. Smythe's services and her charming character and I can't thank her enough for handling a very stressful situation for myself and I am now on the road to get this nightmare put to an end. I found Deidre to be compassionate, caring, experienced, and very empathetic. If you want a good barrister on your side I can't recommend her enough. Thank you so much for your help.

Ms A V Direct access client

Dee truly excelled in dedication, care and involvement. She is an articulate barrister who quickly got to the core of the issues relating to my complex protracted child proceedings. She has genuine care and will take time to listen to your concerns and advise you accordingly. I am truly grateful for all the advice she has given which has been extremely valuable and has helped enormously in achieving the best outcome of this case so far.

Mrs S.K. Direct Access Client

Dee quickly got to grips with my papers, formed an insightful view of the situation and set about putting me at ease. Dee's ability at the hearing was very impressive. She was calm and collected and negotiated really well with the other side. She really cares and really wanted the best for me and my daughter.

Mr M.T. Direct Access Client

The time Dee spent and gave to me was invaluable and of paramount importance to my case. Thank you Dee, you truly are an asset to your work!

Mrs S.F. Direct Access Client

Fantastic service I highly recommend Dee the barrister I had today. We managed to get my access settled out of court and this was because of all of Dee's dedication and hard work.

Adam Direct access client

At short notice barrister Deirdre Smyth was appointed to take out case, the fees were very reasonable and in short time she put a great effort in to prepare our case and we won in court. I would highly recommend her, she is fantastic and thorough.

Direct access client Mrs M.A.

Dee truly excelled in dedication, care and involvement. She is an articulate barrister who quickly got to the core of the issues relating to my complex protracted child proceedings. She has genuine care and will take time to listen to your concerns and advise you accordingly. I am truly grateful for all the advice she has given which has been extremely valuable and has helped enormously in achieving the best outcome of this case so far.

Mrs S.K. Direct access client

Dee quickly got to grips with my papers, formed an insightful view of the situation and set about putting me at ease. Dee's ability at the hearing was very impressive. She was calm and collected and negotiated really well with the other side. She really cares and really wanted the best for me and my daughter.

Mr M.T. Direct access client

The time Dee spent and gave to me was invaluable and of paramount importance to my case. Thank you Dee, you truly are an asset to your work!

Mrs S.F. Direct access client

I would strongly recommend her, she represented our case to the judge very well and professional she stands by her word by representing her client the best she most possible can to her ability. She is very willing to try her best to make you feel as comfortable as you can during the procedure.

Anonymous Public Access

Sam introduced me to Deirdre (Dee) Smyth who has truly excelled in dedication, care and involvement. Dee is an articulate barrister who quickly got to the core of the issues relating to my complex protracted child proceedings and has guided the case with such care ,dedication and professionalism which is continuing to protect my children which I am truly grateful for. She has genuine care and will take time to listen to your concerns and advise you accordingly. I am truly grateful for all the advice she has given which has been extremely valuable and has helped enormously in achieving the best outcome of this case so far. Dee will stand in court and advocate strongly for you and her passion to do so is reflected in the genuine care she has. Her background in social work truly helps in showing the judge the case through the eyes of the children which is the core of any family case. I am grateful to have Dee representing me to the final hearing and will not hesitate in the future to ask for her assistance again. I would highly recommend Dee if you want a counsel who will give you the time needed to achieve the best out of the case, who will advocate strongly in court for you and who truly has genuine care to ensure the children's best interests remain as a priority.

Sarah Public Access

Deirdre Smythe

phone01823 247 247

Deirdre.Smythe@clerksroom.com

Qualified in 2008