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Pre-eminent in its field’, Leigh Day’s practice has particular strength in disputes relating to medical devices and white goods. On the medical devices front, Bozena Michalowska Howells (who is noted for her ‘impressive levels of calm, practicality and determination’) led the team representing approximately 350 claimants across the UK in the group litigation order alleging that patients implanted with prosthetic hips manufactured and marketed by DePuy suffered early revision and injury as a result. In an illustration of its work against white good manufacturers, Jill Paterson is representing the claimants in an inquest into a fire allegedly caused by a Hotpoint tumble dryer. Other key figures include Martyn Day, who ‘remains the leading light in product liability’, and Michelle Victor.

Peter Todd leads the practice at Hodge Jones & Allen LLP, and is leading the team that is continuing to represent 88 claimants in the Pandemrix vaccine multi-party action, in which it is alleged the drug caused acute neurological disorders. The team is also acting for 65 claimants who allege that their children suffered severe brain injury as a consequence of a whooping cough vaccine. Industrial diseases specialist Isobel Lovett is ‘knowledgeable, experienced and great with clients’.

Hugh James is considered a market leader nationally for product liability work relating to medical devices and pharmaceutical products. In an illustration of its national strength, it has been appointed the lead firm in the PIP breast implant group litigation order, which involves over 1000 claimants. The practice is also representing more than 200 individuals from South Wales in claims for compensation arising from the failure of defective hip implants manufactured by DePuy. Group head Mark Harvey is highly recommended.

The ‘impressive team’ at Irwin Mitchell has been acting in the DePuy Pinnacle, Zimmer Durom/Metasul, and Corin Cormet group litigation orders, which have involved cross-border claims where EU nationals had their surgery performed in another EU jurisdiction. In another key illustration of the firm’s medical law expertise, Kevin Timms (who is noted for ‘his very impressive knowledge of the relevant law and ability to understand what the client needs’) was part of the team representing several current and past military personnel in a group action against the Ministry of Defence concerning its supply of the anti-malaria drug, Lariam. Birmingham-based Clive Garner heads the practice, which includes Sallie Booth and Tim Annett, who ‘demonstrate consistently excellent judgement’.

At Slater and Gordon, Fraser Whitehead is leading the team representing 20 claimants in claims arising from their exposure to the drug thalidomide. In another key matter, the department has been investigating potential claims which may be brought by car owners arising from the widely reported investigation into Volkswagen Group’s use of so-called “defeat devices”, which had been fitted to 1.2m cars in the UK. Practice head Jacqueline Young is leading on that matter.

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  • New revised guidelines for administrators in pre-pack sales

    Pre-pack sales by administrators are now used frequently enough for most people in business to be aware of them and many have come across them in their business lives. A small amount of controversy still attaches to pre-packs, but it is probably right to say that they are now an accepted part of the UK business scene as a useful means of rescuing a business in difficulty and preserving some or all of the jobs connected with the business.
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