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Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP - Product Liability: Mainly Defendant Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Employs its strong expertise in life sciences to defend large-scale medical and pharmaceutical product liability cases, including high-profile group litigation. Also highly adept at advising on regulatory, product safety and recall matters, as well as risk management issues. Additional expertise in representing clients at inquests.

Strengths One client says: "They're excellent, first-class," and speaks highly of the firm's "specialist knowledge of life sciences."

Other sources also praise the firm's vast sector-specific expertise, saying: "They have a very strong pharmaceutical and medical device practice."

Significant clients Grünenthal, Sanofi, Bayer, Pfizer.

Notable practitioners

Ian Dodds-Smith is considered pre-eminent for his experience in major product liability cases arising in the life sciences sector. He is regularly called upon by major pharmaceutical companies facing substantial group claims. Sources describe him as a "doyen" of the industry who occupies a "special position thanks to his knowledge, experience and ability."

Registered clinician Adela Williams brings her deep experience in the medical sector to bear on challenging product liability cases in the pharmaceutical sector. She is adept at handling large group actions along with substantial unitary claims. A client says: "She is very responsive, gets to the point and understands that we don't just want pages of theory - she understands the business we operate in and can apply her legal knowledge."

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DAC Beachcroft LLP - Product Liability: Mainly Defendant Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 15 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Highly experienced in defending against high-profile medical and pharmaceutical product liability group actions. Also advises on a wide array of other product liability matters, including recalls, product safety and product guarantee. Services an impressive roster of clients that includes major insurers and healthcare providers, as well as leading manufacturers. Notable experience handling matters relating to the technology sector.

Strengths Clients praise the "close-knit team," highlighting its "technical expertise and connections with other experts."

Work highlights Advised Novartis on a claim arising out of a trial of a drug designed to treat myelofibrosis, after it was alleged that the drug resulted in progressive neurological and cognitive impairment.

Continued to advise Spire Healthcare and BMI Healthcare in ongoing group litigation concerning the alleged early failure of metal-on-metal hip replacement products.

Significant clients AstraZeneca, EE, GlaxoSmithKline, NHS Blood and Transplant Service, Ipsen Pharma.

Notable practitioners

Consultant Simon Pearl is a renowned litigator in the product liability space, with experience handling some of the firm's most significant cases. He frequently advises high-profile organisations in the healthcare and life sciences sectors, including medical devices manufacturers and global pharmaceutical companies. One source says: "He is a very senior lawyer with a breadth of understanding of the whole extent of the case, both legally and technically."

Alison McAdams is a highly experienced practitioner who advises on major product liability claims, as well as associated insurance recoveries. She also advises on product safety and risk management issues. Sources commend her strong understanding of complex technical issues and also say: "It is very enjoyable to work with her."

Wendy Hopkins is well regarded for her product liability practice and also has notable expertise in insurance matters. She advises on matters concerning the medical sector but also handles claims and product safety issues relating to a range of consumer goods, particularly in the technology sector.

About the Team (content provided by DAC Beachcroft LLP)

Our lawyers have been involved in the majority of significant product liability cases in the UK over the last 35 years.

Our product liability, safety and recall capability extends across a wide variety of sectors including automotive, engineering, life sciences and food. Our clients include medical device, telecoms, food, toys, chemicals, cosmetics, consumer goods and new technology companies.

We act for both corporates and insurers. We have multi-jurisdictional expertise thanks to our decades of global supply chain experience, supported by our Legalign Global network and our offices and alliance firms across the globe. We can therefore deliver a full-service, global capability to a broad spectrum of blue chip clients across the healthcare, industrial and retail goods sectors and the insurance industry. 

  • The department is extremely experienced in claims arising from clinical trials, including the Northwick Park TGN 1412 trial that resulted in the reform of Phase 1 trials
  • We advise clients across many sectors on manufacturing and safety regulations before they place their products on the market. We have also managed successful recalls of goods across the globe that have numbered in the millions
  • We also advise on policy coverage issues. Simon Pearl and Alison McAdams advised AstraZeneca as regards reinsurance recoveries in the Seroquel litigation. Wendy Hopkins and Stephen Turner successfully defended Zurich in respect of their potential liability in the toxic sofa litigation

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP - Product Liability: Mainly Defendant Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 16 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Highly regarded for its proficiency in handling substantial group actions, including those with cross-border elements. Well versed in handling claims for key clients from a range of sectors, including the automotive, medical, scientific and telecoms industries. Also adept at providing advice and support to clients on product safety, recall and regulation, among other such matters. Offers strong complementary expertise in environmental claims.

Strengths One source says: "Their client service is second to none - they are very well resourced, ensuring that they can be immediately reactive. The team is commercially astute, passionate and approachable across the board."

A client says: "We are very happy with them. They are extremely knowledgeable and can turn things around very well," adding: "You know you are getting a thorough analysis."

Significant clients JTI, Volkswagen, Smith & Nephew, Croda.

Notable practitioners

Paul Bowden advises on a range of significant product liability mandates, and has notable expertise in matters concerning the tobacco industry. One client says: "He is a consummate professional - extremely knowledgeable, exercises good judgement, and is adept at working with lawyers from other firms and co-defendants."

John Blain advises on substantial product liability claims, as well as providing a range of regulatory and product safety issues. His recent work includes advising major clients in the tobacco, automotive and chemical manufacturing sectors. One source says: "He is an excellent lawyer with a straightforward, 'get it done' approach. He works well with everyone and is a tireless advocate who finds solutions to difficult problems. He is very personable, always steady in the face of a crisis and a pleasure to work with especially in serious situations."

Andrew Austin handles a broad array of product liability litigation and also provides clients with high-level regulatory advice. His experience encompasses issues with defective medical devices, technology products and household goods. One source says: "He is dynamic, loved by clients and very good at managing a team."

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Hogan Lovells - Product Liability: Mainly Defendant Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 20 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Market-leading product liability practice servicing clients in a broad array of sectors and jurisdictions. Handles large-scale contentious work and is a regular fixture in complex and high-profile medical and pharmaceutical cases. Offers additional expertise in regulatory matters. Also counts among its clients a number of household-name technology and retail companies.

Strengths A client says: "In addition to their trial expertise, the team were also able to help us identify the bigger and more central issues in the case. They were strategic and forward-looking - not just reactive, but essential to helping me and my colleagues to be proactive in heading off issues."

Another source says: "One advantage they have is the firm's global coverage and a product liability network which joins together all the specialists in Europe, the USA and Asia."

Work highlights Advised Merck Sharp & Dohme on potential litigation arising out of claims relating to the administration of HPV vaccine drug Gardasil.

Defended Toshiba against six High Court claims brought under the Consumer Protection Act following a fire which was allegedly caused by a defective device manufactured by the company.

Significant clients Amazon, Apple, Estée Lauder, Google, Vodafone.

Notable practitioners

John Meltzer works with a number of key clients, including global pharmaceuticals, medical device manufacturers and household-name technology companies. He is experienced in handling both major group actions and high-value unitary claims. A client says: "He is excellent at client management and relationships - you feel incredibly well looked after and as if your concerns are genuinely taken on board."

Caroline Moore is a consultant at the firm with over 30 years' experience in handling complex litigation, including previous experience working as a barrister. Her product liability practice includes advising clients in the medical, technology and life sciences sectors on high-stakes litigation and risk management.

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Baker McKenzie - Product Liability: Mainly Defendant Department

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第二等

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Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 19 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Global firm adept at representing multinational corporations on the full range of product liability work. Regularly defends large-scale claims alleging product defects and safety issues, as well as advising on associated reputation and crisis management issues. Also provides advice on regulatory challenges and enforcement actions to clients in highly sensitive industries such as food and life sciences. Additional expertise advising on product safety and labelling issues.

Strengths "We hold them in high regard," one client says, adding: "They're very responsive and thorough in their analysis - the documents they produce are always very well thought out and well researched. Their involvement with helping us strategise has been invaluable."

Another client reports: "They are extremely competent, responsive and very dependable."

Significant clients Stryker Corporation, Sony, Abercrombie & Fitch, Carlsberg, Intel.

Notable practitioners

John Leadley is a key partner in the product liability practice, with notable expertise handling both litigation and product safety advice. He frequently works with medical device manufacturers concerning alleged defects, and also handles matters on behalf of clients in the technology and industrial manufacturing industries.

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Herbert Smith Freehills - Product Liability: Mainly Defendant Department

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第二等

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Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 22 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Attracts praise for its contentious product liability work, regularly handling big-ticket disputes and group actions. Well versed in representing tobacco sector clients, but also offers expertise to clients in a range of other industries, including pharmaceutical, consumer goods, and food and drink. Noted international experience and ability to co-ordinate matters around the globe.

Strengths One client notes: "I think they are excellent - the quality of the people there is very high, their experience is very deep and they have a very good network."

A client says: "They rank among the most responsive law firms that we deal with, from associates through to partners."

Significant clients Associated British Foods, Coca-Cola, Diageo, Pilkington, Tata Group.

Notable practitioners

Anthony Dempster has notable experience in product liability matters, as well as associated insurance disputes. He is also experienced in handling food industry-related product recalls. One client says: "He is very easy to work with, communicates very clearly, knows his stuff, and we can rely on him to get a clear view on where we stand."

Philip Pfeffer is a US-trained product liability defence lawyer with notable expertise in cross-border litigation. He advises an array of multinational companies, including major names in the tobacco and alcohol industries. One client says: "He is charming, very bright, and thinks outside the box - he is always coming up with innovative ideas."

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Kennedys - Product Liability: Mainly Defendant Department

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第二等

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Basic facts about the department
- 30 partners
- 40 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Noteworthy expertise in a diverse range of sectors, with leading expertise in the heavy industrial areas of automotive and engineering, as well as life sciences areas such as pharmaceutical and medical. Particularly well versed in representing manufacturers and their insurers, and has strong expertise in handling cross-border mandates. Also provides a range of advisory services concerning reputation and risk management.

Work highlights Acted for DePuy in ongoing group litigation concerning alleged defects in the company's metal-on-metal hip replacement products.

Advised Beko and its insurer, Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty, on a number of claims for fire damage and personal injury linked to allegedly defective white goods manufactured by the company.

Significant clients Chubb, AIG, Hiscox, Zurich, Generali.

Notable practitioners

Trevor Davies frequently acts for insurers, as well as manufacturers in high-stakes group litigation surrounding allegedly defective medical devices. He also has wider experience in mass torts concerning product contamination and defect. A client describes him as an "exceedingly good lawyer" and praises his "tenacity and ability to stay calm in the most difficult situations."

Head of product liability Shane Sayers is known for advising on high-profile disputes on behalf of leading insurers, as well as manufacturers of medical devices and consumer goods. He has notable experience in claims concerning defective industrial and technological components.

Ingrid Hobbs represents insurance companies along with their insured manufacturers in various sectors, from healthcare to the automotive industry. She is particularly active on claims involving components used in civil and marine engineering projects. Clients say: "She is very good technically, but she also has very good business acumen."

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Addleshaw Goddard LLP - Product Liability: Mainly Defendant Department

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第三等

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Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: London, Manchester

What the team is known for An experienced team known for defending product liability claims, particularly in the pharmaceutical, technology, and food and drink sectors. Assists clients with product safety matters, including risk assessment, regulatory compliance, prelaunch auditing and product recalls. Particularly adept at representing large corporations, including household-name retailers and manufacturers.

Strengths One source says: "They are very good and skilful at handling group litigation - they mop issues up well, their acumen is very strong, and they are able to deal with difficult technical issues about what counts as a defect."

Another adds: "They are a very thorough firm - they really think about the issues and are very precise with respect to their legal advice."

Work highlights Continued to advise GlaxoSmithKline in relation to its defence of a group action concerning over 100 claims relating to its antidepressant drug Seroxat.

Significant clients Totally Wicked, Britvic, McBride, Associated British Foods, Build-A-Bear Workshop.

Notable practitioners

Louisa Caswell is an experienced litigator with a considerable amount of expertise in product liability cases. Her practice encompasses litigation defence, risk management and product recall across a range of consumer and medical products. A source describes her as "an extremely collected person under fire."

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Please visit the Addleshaw Goddard website to find out more about our work in this area: https://www.addleshawgoddard.com/en/specialisms/dispute-resolution/product-safety/

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Clyde & Co LLP - Product Liability: Mainly Defendant Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 19 partners
- 50 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Strong team capable of advising on a wide range of product liability matters. Routinely handles disputes for clients from a diverse range of sectors, including agriculture, manufacturing, automotive and retail. Known particularly for its adept representation of insurers. Advises clients during multi-jurisdictional litigation, as well as on contamination and product recall issues.

Significant clients NFU Mutual, Zurich, Travelers, Iveco, Chubb.

Notable practitioners

Neil Beresford is a key contact at the firm.

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Mayer Brown International LLP - Product Liability: Mainly Defendant Department

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第三等

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Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 36 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Represents insurers and manufacturers in major litigation, with a particular focus on claims relating to the transport, food and pharmaceutical sectors. Also adept at providing ongoing advice on product safety and product recalls. Clients benefit from its offices around the world in key locations, including Brussels, allowing for key advice on European product regulations. Handles claims relating to a broad range of products, from medical prostheses to major infrastructure components.

Strengths A client says: "The lawyers we used were very business-minded and reasonable, and provided a really good service overall."

Significant clients Perrigo, Sunseeker International, Mitsui Bulk Shipping.

Notable practitioners

Miles Robinson is a key contact.

Since publication, Ingrid Hobbs has joined Kennedys

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Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP - Product Liability: Mainly Defendant Department

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Band 3

第三等

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Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 1 other qualified lawyer
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Regularly engaged on large-scale international disputes, and also adopts an advisory role for a number of multinational corporations. Expertise in a variety of areas, including tobacco, pharmaceuticals, medical devices and the automotive sector. Offers clients significant international expertise, covering Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Africa. Strong record acting for manufacturers on both sides of the Atlantic, with a growing client base among insurers and retailers.

Strengths A client comments on the firm's "strong procedural knowledge, great expertise and responsiveness," adding: "We know we can really rely on them."

Significant clients Philip Morris, Boston Scientific, Daimler, Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance, Sompo Japan Nipponkoa.

Notable practitioners

Simon Castley enjoys respect for his practice in the food and drink, medical and automotive industries, acting mostly for manufacturers. He also provides strategic non-contentious advice to leading industry bodies. Sources say he is "easy to work with" and "very detail-oriented."

Known primarily for her work in the tobacco industry, Alison Newstead is also active on high-value liability claims in other sectors, including healthcare and food and drink. She acts for a number of international insurers, as well as manufacturers.

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BLM - Product Liability: Mainly Defendant Department

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第四等

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Basic facts about the department
- 10 partners
- 18 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Solid team routinely handling large-scale medical device litigation, food prosecutions and major commercial property damage claims related to defective products. Ably handles matters involving multiple jurisdictions. Notable expertise in claims concerning a wide array of product types, from agricultural equipment to luxury yachts.

Strengths Clients say: ”They are responsive and cost-effective, and work collaboratively with us in terms of setting strategy."

One client notes that the team provides "timely and sound advice."

Work highlights Advised RSA in relation to a EUR4.2 million claim relating to alleged damage caused by fertiliser to fruit crops in Belgium.

Acted for Motocaddy in a case concerning a fire at a golf club that was allegedly caused by a defect in a golf trolley manufactured by the company.

Significant clients Zurich Global, Allianz, QBE, Coca-Cola, Aviva, Generali.

Notable practitioners

Jim Sherwood handles numerous property damage and personal injury claims concerning defective products in many different industries, including agriculture, industrial manufacturing and leisure. He counts manufacturers, insurers and brokers among his strong client base. Clients say he is "extremely knowledgeable on product liability issues, and he offers sound, sensible advice," and also add: "He is able to take complex matters and explain them well."

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BTO Solicitors LLP - Product Liability: Mainly Defendant Department

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第四等

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Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Glasgow

What the team is known for Respected Scottish firm with a strong reputation for product liability work across the UK, regularly defending high-value claims in both civil and criminal proceedings. Advises clients from a wide array of industries, including medical, agricultural, energy and natural resources. Acts for insurers and manufacturers during claims for both personal injury and property damage related to faulty products.

Work highlights Advised a food producer on the detention by South Lanarkshire Council of a large quantity of cheese after it was allegedly linked to a serious outbreak of E. coli. Won a successful judicial review on the council's decision, and subsequently advised on attempts to destroy quantities of Lanark Blue cheese that was not thought to have been involved in the outbreak.

Significant clients RSA, AIG, NFU Mutual, Tokio Marine, Chubb.

Notable practitioners

Mark Morton is a key contact for this area.

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Eversheds Sutherland - Product Liability: Mainly Defendant Department

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第四等

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Basic facts about the department
- 12 partners
- 38 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: London, Leeds

What the team is known for Advises on product liability disputes across a diverse range of sectors, including pharmaceutical, automotive and aerospace. Also adept at advising on product safety, crisis management and compliance matters. Offers clients significant international expertise owing to its network of offices in various locations across the globe. Advises on claims and product recalls concerning consumer goods, industrial components and safety equipment, among others.

Notable practitioners

Leeds-based Richard Matthews is adept at managing significant product liability disputes, as well as advising on product safety and recall matters. He is active in a number of sectors, including car manufacturing and telecommunications, often with regard to multi-jurisdictional mandates.

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Pinsent Masons - Product Liability: Mainly Defendant Department

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Band 4

第四等

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Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: London

What the team is known for Provides a wide range of services across a number of different areas, including the food and drink, tobacco, pharmaceutical, consumer and industrial sectors. Strong expertise in handling product liability disputes, backed up by the ability to provide regulatory advice and assist clients with managing product recalls. Provides coverage across the UK and also offers significant cross-border capabilities in Europe.

Work highlights Advised a beauty products subsidiary of a major consumer products group in relation to the recall of face care products alleged to contain unacceptably high levels of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Advised a major multinational car parts manufacturer on the assessment of purported faults with various automotive hoses.

Significant clients Schneider, ASDA, Chubb, IMI, Syngenta.

Notable practitioners

Andrew Masterson is a key contact at the firm.

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RPC - Product Liability: Mainly Defendant Department

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Band 4

第四等

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Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 20 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Well known for its insurance practice, additionally defending distributors and manufacturers against product liability claims. Also advises on a range of regulatory and product recall matters. Active in representing clients from a variety of sectors, including cars, chemicals, food and drink, medical and pharmaceutical, and commercial and consumer products, with a particular emphasis on the life sciences area. Regularly handles cases concerning significant liability exposure, including claims for serious personal injury or fatality.

Work highlights Continued to act for Corin in group litigation arising from the company's production of metal-on-metal hip implants, allegedly not fit for purpose.

Defended an electrical goods manufacturer against a claim that a defective television produced by the company was the cause of a serious domestic fire.

Significant clients QBE, XL Catlin, Clover Leaf Products, Stanmore Implants Worldwide, Endologix.

Notable practitioners

Gavin Reese is a key contact at the firm.

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Our products team in London, Hong Kong and Singapore has earned a reputation for excellence in this field and has secured successful outcomes in the highest profile product liability claims and disputes. We advise clients in relation to claims in jurisdictions across the globe, with insureds involved in the manufacture and export of goods.

Our expertise includes coverage, wordings advice, and monitoring; product recall (safety-crisis management; recall strategy) and we have broad experience, including in life sciences; food technology and manufacturing sectors.

We have advised on coverage issues and have been involved in the international coordination of product recall claims, working with government agencies and PR consultants as part of the response team to handle crisis management.

We help insurers and reinsurers develop new products to respond to emerging risks, working on wordings for use in a range of industries, including food and pharmaceuticals.

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Star Individuals

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Ian Dodds-Smith is considered pre-eminent for his experience in major product liability cases arising in the life sciences sector. He is regularly called upon by major pharmaceutical companies facing substantial group claims. Sources describe him as a "doyen" of the industry who occupies a "special position thanks to his knowledge, experience and ability."

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Cooley LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Rodney Freeman recently joined Cooley LLP from Hogan Lovells, and is a highly regarded figure in the product liability market. He maintains a strong practice and is noted particularly for his advice on product safety and recall issues. Clients say: "He is very approachable and accessible, wth good client-facing skills."

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Hogan Lovells

From the Chambers UK guide

John Meltzer works with a number of key clients, including global pharmaceuticals, medical device manufacturers and household-name technology companies. He is experienced in handling both major group actions and high-value unitary claims. A client says: "He is excellent at client management and relationships - you feel incredibly well looked after and as if your concerns are genuinely taken on board."

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DAC Beachcroft LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Consultant Simon Pearl is a renowned litigator in the product liability space, with experience handling some of the firm's most significant cases. He frequently advises high-profile organisations in the healthcare and life sciences sectors, including medical devices manufacturers and global pharmaceutical companies. One source says: "He is a very senior lawyer with a breadth of understanding of the whole extent of the case, both legally and technically."

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Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Registered clinician Adela Williams brings her deep experience in the medical sector to bear on challenging product liability cases in the pharmaceutical sector. She is adept at handling large group actions along with substantial unitary claims. A client says: "She is very responsive, gets to the point and understands that we don't just want pages of theory - she understands the business we operate in and can apply her legal knowledge."

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Paul Bowden advises on a range of significant product liability mandates, and has notable expertise in matters concerning the tobacco industry. One client says: "He is a consummate professional - extremely knowledgeable, exercises good judgement, and is adept at working with lawyers from other firms and co-defendants."

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Simmons & Simmons LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Jason Bright of Simmons & Simmons LLP is a well-regarded practitioner with a strong focus on complex product liability claims and associated insurance disputes. His work in the area spans from cases arising from the failure of medical prostheses to major building collapses. One client says: "His experience, capability and presence make him one of the leading lights in this challenging field."

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Trevor J E Davies

Kennedys

From the Chambers UK guide

Trevor Davies frequently acts for insurers, as well as manufacturers in high-stakes group litigation surrounding allegedly defective medical devices. He also has wider experience in mass torts concerning product contamination and defect. A client describes him as an "exceedingly good lawyer" and praises his "tenacity and ability to stay calm in the most difficult situations."

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Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers UK guide

John Leadley is a key partner in the product liability practice, with notable expertise handling both litigation and product safety advice. He frequently works with medical device manufacturers concerning alleged defects, and also handles matters on behalf of clients in the technology and industrial manufacturing industries.

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DAC Beachcroft LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Alison McAdams is a highly experienced practitioner who advises on major product liability claims, as well as associated insurance recoveries. She also advises on product safety and risk management issues. Sources commend her strong understanding of complex technical issues and also say: "It is very enjoyable to work with her."

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Band 2

Hogan Lovells

From the Chambers UK guide

Caroline Moore is a consultant at the firm with over 30 years' experience in handling complex litigation, including previous experience working as a barrister. Her product liability practice includes advising clients in the medical, technology and life sciences sectors on high-stakes litigation and risk management.

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

John Blain advises on substantial product liability claims, as well as providing a range of regulatory and product safety issues. His recent work includes advising major clients in the tobacco, automotive and chemical manufacturing sectors. One source says: "He is an excellent lawyer with a straightforward, 'get it done' approach. He works well with everyone and is a tireless advocate who finds solutions to difficult problems. He is very personable, always steady in the face of a crisis and a pleasure to work with especially in serious situations."

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Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Simon Castley enjoys respect for his practice in the food and drink, medical and automotive industries, acting mostly for manufacturers. He also provides strategic non-contentious advice to leading industry bodies. Sources say he is "easy to work with" and "very detail-oriented."

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Addleshaw Goddard LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Louisa Caswell is an experienced litigator with a considerable amount of expertise in product liability cases. Her practice encompasses litigation defence, risk management and product recall across a range of consumer and medical products. A source describes her as "an extremely collected person under fire."

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Eversheds Sutherland

From the Chambers UK guide

Leeds-based Richard Matthews is adept at managing significant product liability disputes, as well as advising on product safety and recall matters. He is active in a number of sectors, including car manufacturing and telecommunications, often with regard to multi-jurisdictional mandates.

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Alison M Newstead

Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Known primarily for her work in the tobacco industry, Alison Newstead is also active on high-value liability claims in other sectors, including healthcare and food and drink. She acts for a number of international insurers, as well as manufacturers.

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Kennedys

From the Chambers UK guide

Head of product liability Shane Sayers is known for advising on high-profile disputes on behalf of leading insurers, as well as manufacturers of medical devices and consumer goods. He has notable experience in claims concerning defective industrial and technological components.

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Andrew Austin handles a broad array of product liability litigation and also provides clients with high-level regulatory advice. His experience encompasses issues with defective medical devices, technology products and household goods. One source says: "He is dynamic, loved by clients and very good at managing a team."

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Herbert Smith Freehills

From the Chambers UK guide

Anthony Dempster has notable experience in product liability matters, as well as associated insurance disputes. He is also experienced in handling food industry-related product recalls. One client says: "He is very easy to work with, communicates very clearly, knows his stuff, and we can rely on him to get a clear view on where we stand."

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Kennedys

From the Chambers UK guide

Ingrid Hobbs represents insurance companies along with their insured manufacturers in various sectors, from healthcare to the automotive industry. She is particularly active on claims involving components used in civil and marine engineering projects. Clients say: "She is very good technically, but she also has very good business acumen." 

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DAC Beachcroft LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Wendy Hopkins is well regarded for her product liability practice and also has notable expertise in insurance matters. She advises on matters concerning the medical sector but also handles claims and product safety issues relating to a range of consumer goods, particularly in the technology sector.

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Herbert Smith Freehills

From the Chambers UK guide

Philip Pfeffer is a US-trained product liability defence lawyer with notable expertise in cross-border litigation. He advises an array of multinational companies, including major names in the tobacco and alcohol industries. One client says: "He is charming, very bright, and thinks outside the box - he is always coming up with innovative ideas."

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BLM

From the Chambers UK guide

Jim Sherwood handles numerous property damage and personal injury claims concerning defective products in many different industries, including agriculture, industrial manufacturing and leisure. He counts manufacturers, insurers and brokers among his strong client base. Clients say he is "extremely knowledgeable on product liability issues, and he offers sound, sensible advice," and also add: "He is able to take complex matters and explain them well."

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Associates to watch

DWF LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Emma Spence of DWF LLP is active on matters in industries ranging from healthcare to construction. She has experience advising on complex group litigation, as well as the defence of individual claims.

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