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Key figures at Hugh James include the Cardiff-based Mark Harvey, who is noted for his ‘sound judgement’ and who is ‘very good at translating the law for the clients’. The firm has strong expertise in medical device claims and continues to represent 1000 claimants as the court-appointed lead solicitor in the PIP breast implants litigation, a matter valued at £10m. The firm is also part of several metal-on-metal hip actions, including a multi-party claim brought against DePuy Synthes concerning the early failure and revision of the Pinnacle hip prostheses; the firm is also acting in the Wright Medical Conserve hip replacement group litigation order, valued at £3.5m. Other notable practitioners include chartered legal executive Pauline Roberts, who is working alongside Harvey on the DePuy Pinnacle group action and Wright Medical claims; and associate Carlos Land.

Irwin Mitchell  is ‘a leading firm in product liability claims and not afraid to take on large group actions’. In Sheffield, Sallie Booth  ‘is an excellent solicitor’ who is ‘not afraid to challenge the established way of doing things when this is in her clients’ interests.’ Booth has brought proceedings against manufacturers from Canada, Scotland and various other jurisdictions for a number of claimants relating to transvaginal mesh, which allegedly caused serious injuries, including soft tissue erosion, severe pain and perforation to surrounding organs. Also in Sheffield, partner Tim Annett  – who is praised as ‘practical and thorough in his approach to cases’– leads the product liability team and is acting alongside Booth in claims related to the Corin Cormet and DePuy Pinnacle group actions with Booth. Solicitor Matthew Newbould  is also working on the DePuy group action, and continues to act for an individual in a property damage and personal injury dispute with a retailer of an Air Runner Hoverboard that exploded. Clive Garner splits his time between London and Birmingham and is national head of the personal injury and product liability department.

Leigh Day  is ‘unquestionably one of the leading firms in the area of product liability’, with an excellent track record in group  litigation. Bozena Michalowska Howells specialises in group actions relating to pharmaceutical and medical device claims with specific expertise in defective orthopaedic product claims. She is the lead solicitor in the ongoing Volkswagen Emissions group litigation. Jill Paterson is the lead partner representing 40 residents of Shepherd’s Court, an 18-storey tower block in West London, who were affected by a serious residential fire in 2016.  It is alleged that the fire was caused by a tumble dryer manufactured by Indesit, a Whirlpool brand. Clinical trials and product safety expert Gene Matthews is representing a claimant who took part in a clinical trial for the drug MK-3475, a type of antibody used as an immunotherapy, and who subsequently developed a severe life-threatening neurological illness. The case settled in 2017. Additional areas of expertise include claims relating to food poisoning, cosmetic products and faulty white goods. Consumer rights expert Michelle Victor is representing numerous claimants in high-profile medical device and food product cases. Associate Sarah Moore  has successfully represented clients seeking compensation for historic thalidomide injuries and has played a key role in the DePuy Pinnacle Metal on Metal Hip Group Litigation. Assistant solicitor Thomas Jervis has played a key role in the Biomet and Conserve metal-on-metal hip group actions; he is also highly experienced in representing families in high-profile inquests.

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