Product liability in London Bar
'The leading defence practice for product liability', Henderson Chambers is a 'great set with huge strength in depth from very good quality juniors through to the silks'. Members of chambers are frequently instructed in high-profile and high-stakes litigation. Recently, this has included Prashant Popat QC's work for VW and other companies in the emissions litigation. A number of the set's barristers – including Charles Gibson QC, Malcolm Sheehan QC, Andrew Kinnier QC, and Adam Heppinstall – have been instructed in the pharmaceutical product liability group action alleging that the antidepressant Seroxat is a defective product.
'Very strong set' Crown Office Chambers is 'outstanding in the product liability arena'. The set has a 'culture that promotes effective teamwork', meaning members 'work very well as individuals and also exceptionally well as a team in major cases'. In a high-profile dispute with significant implications, Alexander Antelme QC – leading David Myhill and Richard Sage – successfully defended DePuy in the metal on metal hip litigation. Daniel Shapiro QC was appointed silk in 2019, and Jonathan Waite QC retired from practice in March 2019.
'Quality set' 7BR is highly regarded in claimant-side product liability and has 'particular depth at the silk level'. Its barristers have acted in some of the most significant product liability group actions, including the metal on metal hip, PIP breast implant, and vaginal mesh litigations. Other recent cases included Lewin v Glaxosmithkline, a catastrophic spinal injury claim, with Simeon Maskrey QC leading Adam Korn.
A 'very strong set for property damage and product liability', 2 Temple Gardens has 'good depth', and its barristers are praised as 'approachable, commercial and practical'. Of recent note, Jacqueline Perry QC is acting for over 100 claimants in a group action against GlaxoSmithKline concerning antidepressant Seroxat.
A 'very strong set' with 'strength in depth', 4 New Square has developed a notable product liability practice, predominantly on the defence side. In recent work worthy of note, Matthew Bradley was instructed to defend various claims against consultant surgeons in the combination hip prosthesis litigation, and Graham Eklund QC was instructed to defend a crane hire company in Wind Management Limited v Weldex International (Offshore) Limited and Alstom Power Ltd, and Eklund acted for Weldex, a case concerning a crane which failed and toppled over, causing loss and damage of £5m.
Fountain Court Chambers has a number of barristers with product liability litigation experience. The set's members have been involved in some of the largest cases in the field in recent years, including the PIP breast implant litigation, and has also advised on issues arising out of the Grenfell Tower fire. In a victory before the Court of Appeal, Leigh-Ann Mulcahy QC successfully acted for the defendant in Goodlife Foods Ltd v Hall Fire Protection Ltd; the case concerned the alleged failure of a fire suppressant system during a fire.
Serjeants' Inn Chambers has notable experience in product liability litigation involving injury caused by pharma or medical devices. More recently, it has expanded its work into other areas, including white goods. Christopher Johnston QC and Heidi Knight acted for claimants in the metal on metal hip litigation against manufacturer Zimmer Plc.