Leading Silks

Alexander Antelme QC - Crown Office ChambersA living legend of product liability practice; extremely sharp, sees bigger picture, speaks with authority and technical brilliance.
Charles Dougherty QC - 2 Temple GardensHe is a star. His knowledge of the law is second to none and judges find him to be a reassuring presence in the courtroom. An excellent technical lawyer.
Charles Gibson QC - Henderson ChambersThe doyen of product liability and group actions. A master of strategy and go-to silk for defendants in product liability group claims.
Simeon Maskrey QC - 7BRSimeon is a stand-out legend. He is a heavy hitter who is number 1 in product liability and clinical negligence. An absolute joy to work with, Simeon will crack the case.
Leigh-Ann Mulcahy QC - Fountain Court ChambersBrilliant lawyer, highly organised and outstanding on the law of causation. Great strategic thinker.
Prashant Popat QC - Henderson ChambersPrashant is a standout name.
Hugh Preston QC - 7BRHugh is fantastic to work with. He is creative, approaches issues laterally and does so with an eye for detail combined with masterly strategic oversight. Hugh is an excellent advocate and team player.
Malcolm Sheehan QC - Henderson ChambersOne of the best silks in the area of product liability, he provides a huge amount of insight based on experience of recent high-profile litigation.
Oliver Campbell QC - Henderson ChambersA great tactician and a first-rate advocate. Oliver’s ability to see to the heart of an issue is always immediately appreciated.
Neil Moody QC - 2 Temple GardensHis product liability is incredibly impressive, and complements his extensive property damage and insurance practice. He deals with huge claims involving competing causes of action, multiple parties, conflict of laws issues etc. He is extremely impressive in Court and Judges love to listen to him. His submissions are incredibly clear and manage to cut through complex legal, expert and factual submissions with ease.
Robin Oppenheim QC - Doughty Street ChambersAn experienced silk.
Toby Riley-Smith QC - Henderson ChambersToby has a phenomenal eye for detail. His analysis of complex legal regulations and provisions is fantastic and has brought real value to the team. Toby has a fast increasing experience of acting alone as a silk in a number of high profile cases but also is a great team player - he is thoughtful and dynamic in approach listening carefully to differing views and reaching sensible and pragmatic conclusions.
Christopher Johnston QC - Serjeants' Inn ChambersChristopher is very charming and engaging and pleasure to work with. He gives practical, realistic and very reliable opinion and is spot on with his assessments of the impact of developing law on a case.
Andrew Kinnier QC - Henderson ChambersCalm, unflappable, straight talking. One of my go-to leaders on complex cases because he is intellectual and strategic.
Akhil Shah QC - Fountain Court ChambersAn excellent QC, highly intelligent and capable of advising on any complex aviation matter. Akhil's written work is exceptional and he is also well able to advise solicitors and clients face to face. Akhil is approachable and flexible, making him easy to work with.
Nathan Tavares QC - Outer Temple ChambersNathan has a very sharp mind, loved by solicitors and clients alike. Very approachable and able to break down complex legal issues into understandable form. Always willing to got he extra mile and inspires the next generation of both solicitors and barristers.
David Turner QC - 4 New SquareIncredible legal intellect coupled with first-rate tactical approach.

2020 Silks

Marcus Pilgerstorfer QC - 11KBWHighly intellectual, but still very approachable. An expert in product liability law.

2021 Silks

Adam Heppinstall QC - Henderson ChambersJust brilliant. Hard-working, insightful, no-nonsense heavyweight of the product liability and consumer law bar.

Leading Juniors

Heidi Knight - Serjeants' Inn ChambersPrecise and measured. Clients are reassured by her knowledge and straight to the point approach.
Adam Korn - 7BRAmazing - should be a silk. Extremely comfortable in stressful cases. Very popular with judges, tribunals and clients.
David Myhill - Crown Office ChambersHe is great. Thorough, well organised and rolls up his sleeves.
Eloise Power - Serjeants' Inn ChambersVery eloquent advocate. Not afraid of a challenge. Treads in where angels fear to tread. Good with clients who really warm to her and very bright - a real star.
Isabel Barter - 2 Temple GardensIsabel is in my view the best product liability junior out there for complex claims. She is phenomenally bright and hard-working, and a delight to deal with. Great strategic mind.
Jonathan Bertram - 7BRExcellent researcher. Outstanding presentation of chronologies and paperwork. Accurate and efficient . Very good manner with clients.
Noel Dilworth - Henderson ChambersHe takes a very thoughtful and careful approach to all aspects of a case. Very responsive and helpful.'
Harry Lambert - Crown Office ChambersHarry has an exceptional eye for detail, and ability to digest complex scientific data and break them down for claimants. Very approachable, personable and responsive, my go-to counsel when in need for urgent advice as always willing to accommodate.
Erica Power - Crown Office ChambersErica has huge experience in the field of product liability. She is a formidable opponent. She is unfailingly courteous, although 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 ChambersRichard is very thorough, and quickly on top of the detail of a case, no matter how technical and complicated. He is efficient, responsive, very approachable and good with clients and experts.
Matthew Bradley - 4 New SquareA pragmatic and user-friendly barrister that can advise on civil and regulatory product liability issues.
Chloe CampbellHenderson ChambersChloe is a highly impressive junior who is particularly adept at dealing with complex expert evidence issues. She has the ability to understand the complex and present it in a digestible and persuasive way. She has a good tactical sense and excellent strategic judgement. She is hard working and dedicated to achieving the best result for the client.
Robert Dickason - Outer Temple ChambersRobert is hugely hardworking, which combined with his legal brilliance and very easy manner make him a hugely impressive barrister. He has a ready wit and advocacy style which works extremely well.
Anna Hughes - 2 Temple GardensShe combines a razor-sharp intelligence with an extraordinary capacity for hard work. She is a fantastic team player, always upbeat and positive. And it is not surprising that she is one of the juniors of choice for leaders in 2TG.
Tim Marland - Quadrant ChambersA barrister with plenty of real world experience, at home with technical detail and able to distil it in an attractive and simple way, coupled with a solid and dependable style.
Julian Matthews - 7BRA tried and tested tactician.
James Purnell - Henderson ChambersJames is very knowledgeable in this area, turns advice and documents around quickly, and is personable and fun to work with.

Rising Stars

Caroline Lody - 7BRShe gives strong and clear advice to clients in a sympathetic manner. Her advice is always put in a way so that it is easy to understand by the client.
Alistair Mackenzie - 2 Temple GardensDisplays excellent attention to detail when reviewing complex pieces of evidence. Alistair is a highly intelligent and skilled barrister whose strategic approaches are very well appreciated.
Celia Oldham - Henderson ChambersCelia is hard working, personable and very conscientious. Celia is all over the details of her matters and is a pleasure to work with.
Juliet Stevens - Crown Office ChambersShe has a good grasp of scientific and statistical concepts. She gets on well with clients and witnesses.

Product liability in London Bar

Henderson Chambers

Henderson Chambers is a highly reputed set in the product liability space, last but not least 'based on a number of star barristers at the highest levels and in its juniors.' Its members are regularly involved in prominent unitary claims and group actions. Charles Gibson QC, Malcolm Sheehan QC and Andrew Kinnier QC were involved in the Seroxat group litigation. Other highlights see several barrister, among them Prashant Popat QC, Oliver Campbell QC and 2021 Silk appointment Adam Heppinstall QC, involved in litigation concerning the Volkswagen emissions scandal.

Testimonials

Set

‘Henderson are one of our go-to sets of chambers for product liability – the depth of talent is difficult to match.’

‘They excel in product liability and large multiparty commercial actions.’

‘Henderson’s rightly have a great reputation for cutting edge product liability work. They are our ‘go to’ chambers in this area.’

‘Henderson are the stand out set on the defendant side for product liability (as well as in many other areas). Across the board and at all levels, they offer the highest quality. I have worked with many members over many years and have only every had brilliant experiences. They are truly experts in this area.’

‘Henderson continue to be the go-to set for all things product liability and anything involving a large number of parties. They invariably produce excellent junior tenants and the administrative and clerking staff are always wonderful.’

Clerking

‘Henderson have the best clerking team in the City, in my view. They are friendly, professional, hugely responsive and will always go the extra mile.’

‘The clerks at Henderson are consistently excellent, in particular Daniel Kemp and Daniel Smith.’

‘The transition to the new head clerk was very well managed and our firm always feels very well looked after. The alerters are well written and always timely.’

‘Joseph Sutton has always been incredibly helpful.’

‘Clerks are very efficient and good managers.’

7BR

Several barristers at 7BR are 'highly skilled in the area of claimant product liability.' The members are involved in a high number of prominent cases, predominately regarding defective medical devices and household consumer products. Hugh Preston QC has a strong track record in acting for clients in hip and breast implant cases; he is involved in the new group action for claimants alleging defective textured breast implants caused cancer. Simeon Maskrey QC and Adam Korn are acting for claimants in blood transfusion claims brought against various NHS trusts.

Testimonials

Set

‘Very good go-to set with depth in all areas and young lawyers following in their more experienced peers’ steps.’

‘Excellent set for Claimant product liability and clinical negligence. Likeable individuals.’

‘There are many barristers in the set who are highly skilled in the area of claimant product liability. They are very reliable. ‘

‘Good counsel availability, even for last-minute hearings. They have an excelled training series – the Skeleton series.’

‘Excellent set.’

Clerking

‘Paul Eeles is great to work with and always available to answer questions.’

‘7BR has always provided excellent and prompt service.’

‘Paul Eeles is excellent . The best in the business.’

 

Crown Office Chambers

Crown Office Chambers 'has a number of superb specialists in this field.' The mainly defendant-representing practitioners have experience in high profile pharmaceutical and medical devices cases but also in disputes arising from fire, floods and explosions as well as faulty electronical and mechanical products. Furthermore, the 'hugely impressive' Alexander Antelme QC and David Myhill are acting for Renault in connection with planned group actions concerning emissions standards.

Testimonials

Set

‘Crown Office Chambers has some accomplished barristers and the right mix of product and commercial specialists.’

‘Very knowledgeable in the area of product liability from QCs to juniors.’

‘ It has a number of superb specialists in this field. I have worked with or against (the incomparable) Alexander Antelme QC, Andrew Smith QC, Isabel Hitching QC, Suzanne Chalmers and David Myhill. They are an excellent outfit.’

‘A busy chambers but which will always try to move things around to assist, depth of expertise with accommodating and helpful clerks.’

‘Crown Office Chambers are an impressive set with for us a very good mix of commercial expertise and product work.’

Clerking

‘Excellent, personable, efficient and friendly.’

‘I always find the clerks to be excellent, efficient and responsive, Matthew Solari in particular.’

‘Excellent service from the clerks, responsive and efficient.’

‘Matthew Solari is friendly, organised and runs a smooth practice, as do all the clerks I have experienced.’

‘Very good. Always able to get in touch with a clerk and obtain quotes quickly.’

2 Temple Gardens

2 Temple Gardens impresses with an 'excellent bench strength' and represents claimants as well as defendants. The set covers disputes arising from medical devices, pharmaceuticals, industrial equipment, automotive parts, and household goods. Charles Dougherty QC and Anna Hughes are representing the defendant in litigation concerning Oculentis lens implants. Dougherty QC and Isabel Barter are also active for the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in relation to Grenfell. Members of the set, which is also known for cross-border personal injury work, are also well-positioned to handle cross-border matters in this space.

Testimonials

Set

‘2TG is a powerhouse for product liability work. The set shows real strength in depth.’

‘2TG has a good reputation in this field as a set which has a small but high-quality number of practitioners practising.’

‘An excellent set offering depth of knowledge in clinical negligence and product liability. A very popular set so the barristers seem very busy! The in-person training (when this could be offered) was second to none.’

‘2TG is a very accomplished set of Chambers with a wide range of knowledgeable and user-friendly barristers. Their publications and seminars/talks are of a very high standard.’

‘Good common law set.’

Clerking

‘Lee Tyler is simply excellent senior clerk. And the other members of the clerking team appear to be highly efficient and always helpful.’

‘Matt Moylan and Billy Hammonds – both equally adept at sourcing the right counsel for the right fee at short notice.’

‘Clerks are very responsive. Matt Moylan is excellent – knows the diaries, quick to come back to you and offer solutions. ‘

‘I find the clerks to be excellent and extremely responsive. I have never had a disappointing experience.’

‘Lee Tyler and his team provide an excellent service to instructing solicitors at all times, including during the Covid-19 pandemic.’

4 New Square

4 New Square is active for defendants in individual product liability claims as well as in group actions. Its members have experience in defective medical devices and pharmaceutical claims, as well as a number of cases involving products alleged to cause fires. Both Graham Eklund QC and David Turner QC are involved in a number of cases relating to the latter.

Testimonials

Set

‘Excellent very approachable and responsive.’

Fountain Court Chambers

The members of Fountain Court Chambers' expertise ranges from pharmaceutical and consumer product group actions to acting for clients in claims relating to industrial, marine or aviation products. Akhil Shah QC is a particularly experienced key contact in the latter field. Leigh-Ann Mulcahy QC is regularly instructed by the UK Government.

Testimonials

Clerking

‘Approachable and helpful.’

 

 

Serjeants' Inn Chambers

Serjeants' Inn Chambers is regularly active in cases involving injury caused by medical or pharmaceutical products and devices. Its members further deal with litigation arising out of alleged defects in products as diverse as consumer electronics and fireworks. Heidi Knight can showcase involvement in several class actions relating to metal-on-metal hip implants, while Eloise Power is noted for acting in the hormone pregnancy test litigation.

Testimonials

Set

‘Very good set. Large number of experts and deep talent pool.’

Clerking

‘Very good set of clerks generally.’