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  1. Product liability – Leading sets
  2. Product liability – Leading silks
  3. Product liability – New silks
  4. Product liability – Leading juniors

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Litigation in this field is extremely protracted, with mammoth national and international group actions rolling on for many years as issues such as claimant funding and expert evidence are tackled. However, the high-profile PIP breast implant group action, among the largest group actions in the UK ever with 50,000 potential claimants, is finally set for trial in Autumn 2016. Elsewhere, pharmaceutical and medical devices continue to be large sources of claims, while advisory work is flourishing in respect of product safety and recall across a range of manufacturing industries.

Henderson Chambers is ‘simply the go-to set’ for defence work for its ‘top counsel in this field’ and ‘consistent excellence across the team’. The set dominates in major group actions, with a number of members instructed in the PIP breast implant litigation, among other cases. Solicitors appreciate that counsel are ‘happy to talk over a potential case when asked to’ and value the ‘mix of different personalities and qualities’.

4 New Square has ‘some great juniors and senior juniors in this area’, working closely with silks to ‘make an excellent team’. The set is instructed in a broad array of cases, involving chemical and manufacturing product disputes through to clinical trials.

There is a ‘range of expertise’ at Crown Office Chambers, where ‘all the barristers have in-depth knowledge of their particular area’. Chambers is defending in the Depuy metal-on-metal group litigation and acting for the claimants in Thalidomide.

2TG – 2 Temple Gardens has product liability expertise within its insurance and property damage practice. Charles Dougherty QC is undoubtedly the standout individual in chambers for his experience in this area.

Leading claimant set 7BR is instructed in the majority of big-ticket group actions, such as the PIP breast implant litigation. The set’s product liability practice has ‘gone from strength to strength’ under the leadership of top-tier silk Hugh Preston QC.

Doughty Street Chambers is a leading claimant set with arguably the top product liability claimant barrister in Robin Oppenheim QC. The set has key roles on all the headline group actions, including the Thalidomide, PIP breast implants, ASR hips and Pinnacle hips cases.

Serjeants’ Inn Chambers is ‘really developing its expertise in product liability group actions, with an ever-increasing number of barristers practising in this area’. Members are involved in the Depuy and Zimmer hip disputes, for example.

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