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Leigh Day

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Gene Matthews

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Leigh Day

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International and group claims.


Gene has over a decade of experience specialising in international tort, human rights and product liability claims. He was appointed a partner in 2010. He currently jointly leads a team of lawyers representing a large number of Iraqi citizens who allege they were subjected to unlawful detention and treatment by British Forces in Iraq in the period 2003-09, a significant number of these cases resolved in 2012-13. He leads the team bringing a claim on behalf of 21 Peruvians against Xstrata Plc, who allege that they were subjected to human rights abuses, unlawful imprisonment and assaults during a protest at the Tintaya mine, Peru in 2012. Gene has a particular interest in product liability and has worked on the successful group litigation relating to defective hip replacements. He has also resolved a number of cases involving defective heart valves and pacemakers. He represented over 200 British military veterans exposed to chemical warfare agents, allegedly without their informed consent, at the Porton Down military laboratories from the 1940s-1980s. In 2009, he successfully resolved the claims of four of the clinical volunteers who suffered life threatening injuries as participants in the infamous TGN1412 drug trial at Northwick Park Hospital. He is currently instructed by a group of claimants who allege that Zimmer Durom hip components are defective and have caused them unnecessary pain and suffering. He has recently been instructed by an individual who has suffered significant brain injury allegedly as a result of his involvement in a clinical trial for a new drug (a JAK inhibitor).


Trained Leigh Day & Co; qualified 2003; partner 2010.


Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL); Steering Group member of MATTER on emerging technologies.

London: Insurance

Product liability: claimant

Within: Product liability: claimant

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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