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 QC, Geraint Webb QC, Elizabeth 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.
Product liability in London Bar
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 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.
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.
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.
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 advocate' Leigh-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.
The 'very well resourced and organised' Serjeants' 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.