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Mali Smith

Legal Director & Mediator

Mali specialises in advising and representing both businesses and individuals on contentious and non-contentious employment law matters.

“I did not feel in fact alone not even for a second. I was supported, believed and above all defended in a terrific way. Mali is professional, fast, caring, knowledgeable, honest, reliable, human and tough at the same time”

A satisfied client


Having started her career as a barrister, employment law litigation is Mali’s expertise. Mali has some 20 years’ experience of dealing with the full spectrum of employment law and employment tribunal claims, including defending claims for discrimination, restrictive covenants, Redundancy and TUPE.

  • Advised a construction company on TUPE and collective redundancies with a view of saving costs for the client.
  • Drafted and advised big commercial client on restrictive covenants that reduced substantially the client’s risk of employees soliciting clients and employees.

Negotiated an agreement on behalf of the employer, where the employee who claimed in excess of £50,000 received a nominal sum and a basic reference. This outcome enabled the employer to save management time and money.


Mali has a Masters Degree from King’s College, London in Dispute Resolution and represented King’s College London in the International Mediation competition that took place in Paris at the International Chambers of Commerce (ICC).

After being called to the Bar, Lincoln’s Inn, Mali worked for an International American company that compensated Holocaust survivors. Mali went on to represent many employers and employees in a variety of employment tribunals working for some of the best solicitor firms in the UK.


  • Lincoln’s Inn
  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.


Outside work, Mali enjoys family life, authentic music, concerts, theatre and spending relaxed time with friends.

Meet the team

Meet the team
Emily McFadyen Solicitor
Shivani Pandya Commercial Solicitor
Rees Herrod - Corporate Lawyer
Rees Herrod Senior Associate