Hugh James has a strong track record of representing claimants in medical devices and pharmaceutical product liability cases. The Cardiff-based team also handles claims arising from defective household goods. Practice head Mark Harvey is 'respected nationally and internationally and is a great strategist'. At associate level, he is supported by the 'excellent' Carlos Land and 'master of the detail' Pauline Roberts.
Product liability: claimant in London
Other key lawyers:
Carlos Land; Pauline Roberts
‘Mark Harvey is one of the most experienced product liability solicitors in the country. He is respected nationally and internationally and is a great strategist. Mark leads group actions and steering committees with aplomb, is a team player and values a range of opinions on tricky issues. He is a delight to work with.’
‘Pauline Roberts is diligent, experienced, a master of the detail and will go the extra mile to track down the obscure expert or piece of literature that can turn a case. Clients love her.’
‘The product liability team at Hugh James are at the forefront of litigation in this niche field, particularly in the medical product arena. The team has decades of experience. They have excellent relationships with funders so they can push forward litigation that other, less experienced firms would not be able to progress. They use technology well and operate paperlessly and very efficiently.’
‘Hugh James is a fantastically well-resourced firm, able to deal with hugely complex multi-party litigation and make excellent use of technology. They were head and shoulders above the competition in their use of technology long before the Covid pandemic. A very well-run product liability team who really know their stuff.’
‘Mark Harvey is an outstanding solicitor – definitely the leading product liability solicitor in the country.’
‘An established product liability team capable of dealing with individual cases as well as large group litigation involving products of the utmost complexity. The team has dealt with a number of large-scale product cases. They are highly responsive, with a good eye for detail. This firm is an extremely safe pair of hands to handle a claimant.’
‘Mark Harvey and Carlos Land were excellent.’
- Representing several hundred Welsh victims of a well-known metal-on-metal hip prosthesis in a confidential settlement scheme.
- Continuing the French part of the PIP breast implant litigation with 500 claimants (along with 500 from Slater and Gordon) in the Paris High Court.
- Resolving a claim on behalf of the widow of a British victim of an oil industry-based helicopter crash.
Irwin Mitchell has established itself as a go-to claimant firm in national and cross-border individual and group claims regarding defective products and personal injury as well as clinical negligence. It has particular experience in disputes in connection with electrical and consumer goods. The key contacts are consultant Clive Garner in Birmingham, and Sallie Booth and Tim Annett in Sheffield; all three have 'immense experience and are hugely respected in product liability work'. Associate Matthew Newbould, also based in Sheffield, is well versed in defective medical products, clinical negligence claims and consumer safety.
Clive Garner; Sallie Booth; Tim Annett
Other key lawyers:
Matthew Newbould; Natalie Truman
‘The whole team fully understood my problem and kept me fully informed through the whole process. The communication at all levels was excellent and the knowledge was first class.’
‘The partner I dealt with was Tim Annett. Tim was very knowledgeable about the issues I had. As well as his depth of legal knowledge he was compassionate and kept me fully informed about the process. Before making any decision he made certain that I fully understood the options.’
‘Matthew Newbould was efficient, friendly and approachable. He kept me fully informed throughout the process, explaining technical details clearly in phone calls, backed up in letter form. He pursued what turned out to be a stubbornly contested case with determination and diligence, eventually providing me with a justifiable outcome.’
‘Irwin Mitchell has an outstanding reputation in product liability for claimants,. It has been a pioneering firm in a number of relevant claims in this area. I have worked with Clive Garner, Sallie Booth and Tim Annett who all have immense experience and are hugely respected in product liability work. They fearlessly pursue the interests of the client.’
‘The firm has the resources to take on group actions and to fight vested interests and large insurers and corporates.’
Various claims against Spinal Kinetics LLC
Sorin-Heater cooler claims
Boeing 737 claims
Various claims arising from treatment provided by a surgeon
- Acting as lead solicitor in the Johnson & Johnson Medical Limited pelvic organ prolapse products litigation.
- Acting for all four British families pursuing claims against Boeing following the crash of Ethiopian Airlines flight ET302 in Ethiopia in 2019, which caused the death of all 149 passengers and eight crew.
- Acting for 50 serving and ex-military personnel in claims brought against the Ministry of Defence for negligent medical treatment involving the prescription of the antimalarial drug Lariam.
Leigh Day is regularly involved on the claimant side in prominent product liability cases. Collective redress cases are a key area of expertise, and the team acts for individuals as well as for groups. The team is currently acting in disputes regarding faulty life sciences products, emissions cases and financial products, among others. Bozena Michalowska-Howells, who has more than 20 years of experience in the field, leads the team. Jill Paterson is a key contact for consumer rights matters. Other prominent practitioners are Michelle Victor, Gene Matthews, Thomas Jervis, Shazia Yamin and associate Tina Patel.
Other key lawyers:
Jill Paterson; Gene Matthews; Michelle Victor; Thomas Jervis; Shazia Yamin; Tina Patel
‘They were extremely diligent in engaging me to understand and plan early steps in a potential case strategy and also outline the value of my experience. I am grateful for their thoughtful and committed approach.’
‘Extremely impressive attention to detail, patient and clear communications with me as one of a large number of clients (on a group litigation claim), professional and proactive.’
‘Leigh Day have a longstanding history of involvement on behalf of claimants in high-profile and cutting-edge product liability litigation. They are innovative and prepared to seek to extend legal boundaries wherever possible, in the interests of their clients.’
‘Jill Paterson is extremely knowledgeable, commercially astute and always has her clients’ interests in the forefront of her mind.’
‘The team is very well known and very experienced in class actions, and in my experience works to a higher quality of legal analysis and care than most other firms operating in that sector.’
‘Bozena Michalowska is very experienced in cases within this sector and is particularly adept at managing tricky relationships between multiple claimant firms in a class action.’
‘Leigh Day have an almost unparalleled level of experience in relation to product liability. They have a high-profile and broad practice, and a depth of work which means they are singularly well placed to act in the product liability arena.’
‘Tom Jervis is intelligent, diligent and delightful to work with. Jill Paterson is very experienced, knowledgeable and has good instincts. Tina Patel is an excellent lawyer who manages to identify the key points in any claim.’
- Acting as joint lead solicitors in a group claim on behalf of approximately 91,000 vehicle owners after Volkswagen admitted that 1.2 million VW, Audi, Skoda and SEAT vehicles sold in the UK were fitted with emissions test cheating software.
- Acting on behalf of women implanted with various brands of textured breast implants (including Allergan, Silimed and Nagor) which are allegedly associated with an increased risk of breast implant associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA ALCL).
- Pursuing a claim on behalf of individuals who invested in the Woodford Equity Income Fund (WEIF).