Hutton Inquiry star quits CC for Field Fisher

Clifford Chance’s Martin Smith has quit the firm where he made his name working on the Hutton Inquiry to join Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) as a partner.

Clifford Chance’s head of public policy practice Michael Smyth, who sent Smith to work on full-time secondment to the Inquiry, said that he had lost a good lawyer but that it was a good career move for his former associate.

Smith joins the public and regulatory law group at FFW, which is headed by Matthew Lohn. The group now comprises five partners and 12 associates.

FFW’s public law group clients include the General Medical Council, the Metropolitan Police Authority, the General Social Care Council and the RFU. It also has advised on public inquiries such as the Shipman Inquiry and the Bichard Inquiry.