Sir Peter Winston Smith
(born 1 May 1952), styled The Hon Mr Justice Peter Smith
, is a Judge of the High Court of Justice
in England and Wales, appointed to that office on 15 April 2002 and assigned to the Chancery Division
. His name is correctly abbreviated in English legal writing as "Peter Smith J," and not as "Smith J," because there are other senior judges also named Smith.
He has presided over several prominent cases, which include a suit between boxer Lennox Lewis
and his promoter Panos Eliades, as well as a copyright
case involving the novel The Da Vinci Code
. In the latter case, he rejected a claim by authors of The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail
that Dan Brown
had violated copyright by copying major themes from their work. More recently, Peter Smith J presided over a huge claim by the Attorney General of Zambia for recovery of the proceeds of fraud.
In 2008 he was reprimanded by the Lord Chief Justice for his misconduct in the "Addleshaw Goddard matter".
Smith was born in Taiping
to George Arthur Smith and Iris Muriel Smith, while his father was posted abroad. He grew up with five siblings in Hornsea
, East Yorkshire
, and attended grammar school in nearby Bridlington
He read law at Selwyn College, Cambridge
. After receiving a BA
degree in 1974 and an MA
degree in 1976, Smith... Read More