Tobias Smith
  • Tobias is an excellent, highly persuasive jury advocate. He has a very confident and competent court manner that appeals to judges. 

    Legal 500 2024, Rising Star: Crime

  • He can deploy complex legal argument skillfully and efficiently. 

    Legal 500 2024, Rising Star: Crime

  • He never takes a bad point and marshals his case with great care and skill.

    Legal 500 2024, Rising Star: Crime

Called 2016

Tobias Smith


Tobias is a defence specialist covering all aspects of criminal law He has experience in defending all manner of criminal cases, including serious violence, public order offences, drugs and modern slavery, dishonesty offences, and sexual offences.

A fearless advocate, Tobias has been noted for his sound judgment under pressure, his ability to carefully construct legal arguments, and his deft handling of prosecution disclosure failures.

Since joining chambers following successful completion of his pupillage, Tobias has acted in serious criminal cases, including murder, complex drug conspiracies, kidnapping and blackmail, serious violence, money laundering, fraud, and sexual offences.

Tobias has expertise in cases involving the civil jurisdiction of the criminal courts. He has acted for football fans defending charges of public order and violence committed at football matches or resisting applications for football banning orders. He has resisted applications for gang injunctions in the magistrates’ court, and on appeal in the Crown Court. He has experience in applications for Criminal Behaviour Orders, Stalking Protection Orders, and Domestic Violence Protection Orders.

Tobias regularly represents clients in relation to driving matters in the Crown Court. He has acted for clients accused of drink or drug driving, careless driving, failure to stop and a myriad of other offences. He has a track record of success in helping clients who face disqualification as a “totter” keep their drivers’ license through exceptional hardship arguments. 

During 2020, Tobias volunteered to act as a legal observer at the Black Lives Matter protests.


Prior to coming to the bar Tobias has worked as a paralegal at two of the UK’s leading criminal law and human rights firms, Hickman and Rose and Leigh Day. He gained experience in criminal law, inquests (particularly those relating to the deaths of mental health inpatients and deaths at the hands of the police), civil actions against the police, and judicial reviews of CPS charging decisions.

Prior to embarking on a career in law, Tobias had a number of roles within the Labour Party including a stint as a parliamentary assistant. He also worked in PR and as a personal tutor specialising in helping children with special educational needs.