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Alice Smith

Senior Associate
+61.3.9205.2049
Fax +61.3.9205.2055

Ms. Smith is a litigation lawyer. She has extensive experience in medical defence litigation, coronial inquests, recovery actions, criminal law matters and general civil claims including personal injury litigation.

She has acted for clients in the Magistrates' Court, County Court of Victoria, Supreme Court of Victoria and Coroners Court of Victoria. She has worked on matters relating to breach of privacy in the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT). She has also represented a number of clients in both the Royal Commissions into Trade Union Governance and Corruption and the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Professional Background

  • Ms. Smith was Senior Associate to Justice Beale of the Supreme Court of Victoria in 2014 and 2015. 
  • Ms. Smith worked as a criminal and defence lawyer and maintains an interest in criminal law and Royal Commission work, having gained experience in those fields. 
  • In addition to working for K&L Gates, Ms. Smith has been appointed a Senior Fellow of the University of Melbourne and is co-lecturing a Masters Law course in Advanced Evidence.

  • Advising Victorian public health organisations on claims for medical malpractice including negligent surgical technique, failure to warn and failure to diagnose. 
  • Defending public liability claims arising from injuries that occurred on government property. 
  • Investigating and advising on the negotiation and quantification of a range of claims, including catastrophic claims. 
  • Representing interested parties at Coronial Inquests, including public hospitals and Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority. 
  • Defending claims against not for profit organisations including community service organisations and cemeteries. 
  • Advising and representing clients in relation to administrative law matters such as management of Medical Panel referrals and preparation of submissions in relation to professional or disciplinary matters. 
  • Defending organisations in recovery claims made by WorkCover. 
  • Providing indemnity advice to various state entities, including hospitals and cemeteries. 
  • Represented a number of clients in both the Royal Commissions into Trade Union Governance and Corruption and the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse
  • Representing a client in relation to the first major prosecution conducted by the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Authority in Victoria. 
  • Appearing in the Magistrates' Court and the County Court on behalf of clients in relation to applications and plea matters, in both criminal and civil jurisdictions.