Consumer in London Bar
Gough Square Chambers is 'excellent on all aspects of consumer law and food safety' and is also considered a 'go-to chambers' for consumer credit and regulatory issues. In recent work, Jonathan Kirk QC acted as an expert witness on UK consumer law in California class action In Re: Apple Inc. Device Performance Litigation. Elsewhere, Kate Urell represented Santander in Djurburg v Santander, a claim arising from a credit referencing issue, while Iain Macdonald and Anna Medvinskaia acted for the Civil Aviation Authority in a judicial review brought by Jet2 in relation to published correspondence concerning the airline’s decision not to participate in voluntary ADR schemes.
'Very professional' set 5 Paper Buildings has members 'covering a wide range of skillsets'. 'All counsel are competent and experienced in their field' and 'never disappoint with their knowledge and case commitment'. Its members defend and prosecute complex and high-profile criminal consumer cases. In R (West Yorkshire Trading Standards) v HPAS Ltd, Miles Bennett defended a double glazing company in a major prosecution under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008. Among Charlene Sumnall's recent caseload was R v Karetnikova and Karetnikov, which involved the sale of counterfeit goods and safety offences under the Toys (Safety) Regulations.
Henderson Chambers 'has a range of barristers from the young and talented to people of undoubted seniority and authority'. The set is highly regarded for health and safety, product liability, and consumer law. Recent instructions for Toby Riley-smith QC include his representation of Whirlpool Corporation in the Grenfell Tower inquiry. Nazeer Chowdhury acted in the VW emissions group action litigation.
SIX PUMP COURT has a strong consumer law offering, with an emphasis on food and food safety cases. A recent example was Ian Thomas's representation of Poundland in R (various local authorities) v Poundland Limited, which concerned food safety and food hygiene offences, and Mark Watson QC's defence of Iceland in LB Merton v Iceland, which involved breaches of food safety regulations in two stores. In addition to retailers, members have experience acting for restaurants, local authorities and regulatory bodies.