Megan
Fletcher-Smith

Barrister | Called 2015

Background

Megan Fletcher-Smith is a specialist in professional disciplinary law. She also accepts instructions in inquests, public family law and criminal defence.

Education:

  • Bar Professional Training Course (2015, Very Competent)
  • LL.B Law (2012, 2:1)
  • Ivybridge Community College (2008, 4 A-Levels, 14 GCSEs)

Memberships:

  • Middle Temple
  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers

    Megan’s expertise

    Regulatory

    Megan is regulatory instructed by the main nursing and midwifery unions to represent their members in complex, lengthy hearings. Megan also has experience representing social workers and other health care workers. She has significant experience in fitness to practice cases relating to misconduct, including dishonesty and lack of integrity, sexual misconduct and poor record keeping; lack of competence, including medication management, wound care and managerial registration; convictions, cautions and criminal investigations and matters related to Registrant’s health.

     She has enjoyed significant success in substantive hearings and has been praised by registrants and solicitors for her calm and friendly manner, her forensic attention to detail and her carefully constructed cross-examinations.

    She regularly provides training and updates to solicitors in this field, as well as to regulated professionals. Having been seconded to the Royal College of Nursing, Megan has gained experience in preparing submissions to the Case Examiners and drafting barring submissions to the Disclosure and Barring Service. 

     Megan has also gained experience in representing professionals named as Interested Persons in Article 3 Inquests. Her significant experience in cross-examining expert witnesses provides a solid base upon which she is able to build, to demonstrate a breach in the chain of causation. Her forward-looking pragmatism gives her the foresight to effectively represent at Pre-Inquest Review hearings, where the scope of the inquest is determined

    Crime

    In her criminal work, Megan specialises in criminal defence. She has represented clients in the Crown Court all over the Country. Notably, she has represented the first defendant in a child cruelty and assault case in Exeter Crown Court; had her client acquitted in a revenge porn case at the Old Bailey and has successfully appeared before the Court of Appeal in an appeal against sentence for Blackmail, in which the sentence was reduced by 25%.