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Leading Silks

Alexander Antelme QC - Crown Office ChambersA remarkably astute, highly-experienced and technically brilliant QC whose dedication, focus and legal precision is exemplary.
Charles Dougherty QC - 2 Temple GardensHe is fiercely intelligent and as an opponent, formidable.
Charles Gibson QC - Henderson ChambersOne of the leading silks on the defendant side.
Simeon Maskrey QC - 7BRA legend. One of the best brains in the product liability world. Understands what is needed to win in the most complex cases. A joy to work with.
Leigh-Ann Mulcahy QC - Fountain Court ChambersOutstanding mind, preparation very thorough, brilliant lawyer, organised and great manner in court.
Prashant Popat QC - Henderson ChambersA great communicator. He is very easy to work with and respected in court.
Hugh Preston QC - 7BRHe has a tremendous grasp of the law and is innovative.
Geraint Webb QC - Henderson ChambersA calm and reassuring presence. He has been great with the client, building their trust and confidence and he has been prepared to get stuck into the detail of the case.
Oliver Campbell QC - Henderson Chambers ‘Forensically brilliant, an excellent trial lawyer. He has a nice unassuming manner, but tough with opponents when needs to be.
Christopher Johnston QC - Serjeants' Inn ChambersTremendous preparation and attention to detail. Very good strategic mind. Chris has a great ability to focus on the key issues you need to be successful and win your case.
Neil Moody QC - 2 Temple GardensHe is very easy to work with, well respected by clients, astute and gives excellent commercial advice.
Robin Oppenheim QC - Doughty Street ChambersHe has two brains and is an excellent cross-examiner.
Toby Riley-Smith QC - Henderson ChambersHe is a highly respected and enthusiastic practitioner with eye for detail.
Malcolm Sheehan QC - Henderson ChambersOne of the ablest, most strategically acute and responsive members of the Bar. He is a persuasive and measured advocate. Clients invariably appreciate his expertise and the rigorous approach he brings to matters great and small. He also has the benefit of substantial expertise in practice areas beyond product liability.
Graham Eklund QC - 4 New SquareLots of expertise in both fire and flood-related cases.
Andrew Kinnier QC - Henderson ChambersA very bright and charming silk, who is great with judges and clients. Unassuming but with a core of steel. He recognises that sometimes the fight is what you have to do to achieve your strategic goals.
Alistair Schaff QC - 7 King's Bench WalkHe has intellectual depth and is sensitive to client care.
Akhil Shah QC - Fountain Court ChambersExcellent attention to detail, drafts superb pleadings which are concise, accurate and wholly on point.
Nathan Tavares QC - Outer Temple ChambersHe is firm and unflinching in his dealings with opponents, and very committed to fighting for the best possible outcomes for his clients.
David Turner QC - 4 New SquareBrilliant mind, excellent tactician and supreme knowledge of the law.

2019 Silks

Daniel Shapiro QC - Crown Office ChambersDaniel has a very sharp intelligence. His drafting is thorough, and he is very robust in putting forward the best case/defence possible.

2020 Silks

Marcus Pilgerstorfer QC - 11KBWHe has a superb analytical brain.

2021 Silks

Adam Heppinstall QC - Henderson Chambers ‘He has a broad range of experience to draw on when advising in this area. Very sharp, always finds the best way through a complex situation and very commercial, too. Has an engaging easy manner that makes him a pleasure to work with and great with all clients.

Leading Juniors

Heidi Knight - Serjeants' Inn ChambersShe is very knowledgeable about her subject, anticipates the opponents arguments and instantly puts the client at ease. She has an excellent manner with clients and the ability to reassure them even in the most challenging circumstances. Her written and advocacy skills are first-class.
Adam Korn - 7BRProbably unsurpassed by any other claimant junior in terms of his range and level of experience. He is tenacious in his approach, and an excellent and persuasive advocate. He has particular understanding of clinical issues. He is a formidable opponent and has an encyclopaedic knowledge and understanding of product liability law.
David Myhill - Crown Office ChambersHe has that stellar combination of determination, focus and drive balanced with a calm and reassuring approach.
Jonathan Bertram - 7BRAn incredibly hard-working and courageous barrister. Affable and client friendly.
Noel Dilworth - Henderson ChambersHe has an understated but highly effective style. Always on top of the details and quickly identifies the key issues and client objectives.
Harry Lambert - Crown Office ChambersImpresses with his intelligence, enthusiasm, diligence and manner.
James Medd - Crown Office ChambersHis advice is clear, honest and realistic - simply brilliant at the job.
Eloise Power - Serjeants' Inn ChambersStands out as a visible and strong practitioner. Very well prepared with a sensible and pragmatic approach.
Erica Power - Crown Office ChambersErica has huge experience in the field of product liability. She is a formidable opponent. She is unfailingly courteous, she also has a steely determination and resolve. She is an excellent and clear advocate. She is also devastating on paper. And is the senior junior of choice for many insurers.
Richard Sage - Crown Office ChambersHis quiet confidence belies a sharp, keen mind and a steady, measured determination and focus that make him an incredibly reassuring and competent advocate to work with.
Isabel Barter - 2 Temple GardensShe has a first-class intellect combined with great attention to detail and a thorough understanding of technical evidence.
Matthew Bradley - 4 New SquareHis expertise on product liability is invaluable.
Chloe Campbell - Henderson ChambersShe is trusted and relied on by instructing solicitors and clients as a highly reliable and conscientious team-player with particular strength in dealing with complex expert evidence.
Robert Dickason - Outer Temple ChambersHe is decisive, focused, efficient and excellent with complex cases.
Shaun Ferris - Crown Office ChambersA first-rate advocate, he is also user friendly and approachable.
Anna Hughes - 2 Temple GardensShe combines a razor-sharp intelligence with an extraordinary capacity for hard work.
Tim Marland - Quadrant ChambersHe is an absolute star, understands the aviation industry inside out, can grapple with any case, however complex, and is a stunning advocate.
Julian Matthews - 7BRHis attention to detail, methodical no stone unturned preparation is matched with his supreme intellect, skill and ability to deal with a myriad of issues all at once.
James Purnell - Henderson ChambersHe offers very practical advice and has a very clear understanding of the product liability regime.
Elizabeth Tremayne - Henderson ChambersDiligent and thorough with good judgement.

Rising Stars

Alistair Mackenzie - 2 Temple GardensHis maturity in identifying the relevant issues and the appropriate way to present them are striking.
Celia Oldham - Henderson ChambersThe obvious choice of one to watch for product liability.
Juliet Stevens - Crown Office ChambersAn up-and-coming junior in the product liability field.

Product liability in London Bar

Henderson Chambers

Henderson Chambers enjoys an excellent market reputation as the 'leading product liability set in the UK'. Regularly instructed in a variety of prominent and market-defining unitary claims and group actions, chambers offers an 'array of talent to choose from'. Charles Gibson QC, Andrew Kinnier QC and Adam Heppinstall are involved in the pandemrix-group action, in which claimants allege the bird flu vaccine caused narcolepsy and cataplexy. Several barristers, including Prashant Popat QC, Oliver Campbell QCGeraint Webb QCElizabeth Tremayne, and Noel Dilworth, among others, are acting in the VW-emission proceedings. Another prominent instruction for the set's members is the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.

7BR

7BR fields 'a number of excellent barristers that practice across all levels' and is noted as being 'on top of its game for claimant product liability cases'. Hugh Preston QC is acting for various claimants in a new group action arising from textured breast implants which allegedly giving rise to a risk of breast implant-related cancer. The list of 'highly capable' practitioners also includes Simeon Maskrey QC and Adam Korn, who are further involved in proceedings relating to metal-on-metal hip and mesh claims.

Crown Office Chambers

Crown Office Chambers is an 'exceptionally talented, sharp and dedicated set', which has 'an offering of talented barristers across the spectrum from juniors to QCs'. Many practitioners are experienced in group litigation actions in claims regarding defective or faulty medical devices, pharmaceuticals, electronic and mechanical products. Alexander Antelme QC, David Myhill and Richard Sage 'work fabulously as a team', most recently in successfully acting for DePuy in the market-defining metal-on-metal hip litigation.

2 Temple Gardens

With 'always being at the cutting edge of product liability cases', 2 Temple Gardens fields several 'excellent practitioners' with a good reputation in the field. The set is active in acting for both claimants and defendants in claims relating to pharmaceuticals, medical devices, engineering and heavy industry equipment, household and electrical goods, and automotive products. In a recent highlight, Charles Dougherty QC and Isabel Barter are acting for the defendant in Wilson v Beko, a case which arose out of a residential fire allegedly caused by a defective fridge-freezer.

4 New Square

Noted as a 'good set with a broad range of talent', 4 New Square mainly defends clients in consumer, commercial and regulatory product liability cases in a variety of industries. Of particular note, David Turner QC is acting for Servisair in a potential claim by a warehouse operator and several airlines arising out of a large fire at Heathrow Airport. The 'measured and insightful' Graham Eklund QC and Matthew Bradley, who operates a broad caseload of product liability claims, are also noteworthy in the field.

Fountain Court Chambers

The barristers at Fountain Court Chambers are instructed in pharmaceutical and consumer product group actions as well as in claims relating to industrial, marine or aviation products. 'Superb advocateLeigh-Ann Mulcahy QC has great experience in substantial group actions and also appears in commercial arbitrations. Akhil Shah QC is noted for having 'a good commercial knowledge of aviation which sets him apart from his contemporaries' in the product liability field.

Serjeants' Inn Chambers

The 'very well resourced and organisedSerjeants' Inn Chambers is instructed in class actions – predominantly in the medical devices and pharmaceutical field – primarily on the claimants' side. Christopher Johnston QC and Heidi Knight have been kept busy being instructed in various litigation proceedings in connection with metal-on-metal hips claims. Furthermore, Eloise Power is acting for claimants in the Oculentis litigation.