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Leigh Day fields ‘an outstanding team of talented individuals’, who are at the forefront of group litigation. Bozena Michalowska Howells ‘has an excellent understanding of scientific issues’ that underpin group actions concerning pharmaceutical and medical devices, and is representing 312 claimants in a dispute with DePuy Synthes regarding injuries that were allegedly caused by the early failure of the Pinnacle hip prostheses. The ‘tenacious and extremely hard workingJill Paterson, together with clinical trials and product safety expert Gene Matthews, is representing 157 individuals in proceedings against Corin, which faces allegations its Corin Cormet 2000 Hip Resurfacing System was defective, resulting in early failure and the development of adverse reactions to metal debris. Additional work streams for the group include claims relating to food poisoning, cosmetic products and faulty white goods. Tower block residents have retained Paterson in litigation against Whirlpool regarding a fire that was allegedly caused by an Indesit tumble dryer. Department head Martyn Day is ‘a leading light’ with ‘experience that is not matched elsewhere in the field’ and consumer rights expert Michelle Victorleaves no stone unturned in pursuing the client’s interests’. The ‘outstandingly bright and phenomenally hardworking’ Sarah Moore was promoted to associate with Thomas Jervis, who is ‘not only a knowledgeable and skilled litigator, but is compassionate and empathetic’.

Based in Cardiff, Hugh JamesMark Harvey is ‘a legend’, who ‘heads an extremely well-oiled team that is absolutely superb’ in group litigation. Claims relating to defective medical devices and pharmaceutical drugs are the practice’s forte, having represented 1000 claimants as the court appointed lead solicitor in the PIP breast implants litigation. The firm is also part of several metal-on-metal hip actions, including a multi-party claim brought against DePuy Synthes for the early failure and revision of the Pinnacle hip prostheses and, in addition to this, the firm is the lead solicitor in the Wright Medical Conserve hip replacement group litigation order. Acting for a claimant in a dispute with a well-known manufacturer of a dental product, which allegedly caused serious neurological injuries, was another highlight for the team, which includes Chartered Legal Executive Pauline Roberts.

The ‘excellentIrwin Mitchell is ‘a preeminent claimant firm, with a huge depth of experience’. It receives further praise for its scientific understanding of complex cases brought by groups and individuals. In Sheffield, the ‘very experiencedSallie Booth is ‘a great tactician’, who 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. In the same office, recently promoted partner Tim Annett – who ‘is intelligent, strategic and excellent with clients’ – leads the product liability team and is handling numerous claims in relation to the Corin Cormet and DePuy Pinnacle group actions with Booth and Birmingham and London-based Clive Garner, who is national head of the personal injury and product liability department; solicitor Matthew Newbould is also working on the matters in Sheffield and recently acted for an individual in a property damage and personal injury dispute with a retailer of an Air Runner Hoverboard that exploded. Also recommended is ‘technically astute’ solicitor Kevin Timms, who ‘punches above his weight’ and is ‘a good strategic thinker’.

Hodge Jones & Allen LLP’s Peter Toddis a hugely experienced and impressive’ partner with ‘a first-class reputation for successfully pursuing difficult and high-profile claims’ relating to injuries caused by vaccines, defective pharmaceutical products, organophosphates and acquired spinal cord and brain injuries. In an illustration of its strength, the practice has been instructed by a number of young women, who allege that their chronic fatigue was caused by the HPV vaccine, and is representing multiple claimants in group litigation against GlaxoSmithKline regarding allegations that the clients developed narcolepsy and cataplexy after receiving the Pandemrix Swine Flu vaccine. The firm is also acting for individuals that have allegedly been injured by defective hip replacements. Isobel Lovett is the name to note for mesothelioma cases and has a wealth of experience in asbestos product claims.

At Slater and Gordon, group litigation practice head Jacqueline Young, together with Harcus Sinclair LLP, is acting for car owners against Volkswagen Group (VW) pertaining to ‘defeat devices’ that realised when a car was being tested for emissions to improve its performance. Fraser Whitehead is the other main contact and heads the business and specialised litigation team.

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