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Product liability: claimant in London

Hugh James

The London and Cardiff-based team at Hugh James is noted for its deep expertise in representing claimants in product liability cases; it focuses on the pharmaceuticals and medical device sectors, where the group has been involved in several prominent cases. Cardiff-based practice head Mark Harvey has a strong track record in individual and group actions. He is supported by senior associate Carlos Land and chartered legal executive Pauline Roberts.

Practice head(s):

Mark Harvey

Other key lawyers:

Carlos Land; Pauline Roberts

Testimonials

‘Vast experience of claimant product liability work. The firm covers work from individual cases to very large group litigation. The team is well resourced and knowledgeable.’

‘Mark Harvey is a real star in this field. Has worked on multiple pieces of group litigation. Knows the area inside out.’

‘The firm is unique in its unrivalled approach to managing complex litigation in particular group litigation. It has unrivalled case management skills and resources. The firm is able to produce extremely sophisticated comprehensive bundles of papers at very short notice. It has an impressive track record in product liability and has justifiably earned its reputation in this field.’

‘Mark Harvey is a stand-out practitioner. He has a phenomenal work ethic, is a fantastic team player and has huge experience as a litigator in complex healthcare related litigation, in particular complex product liability group litigation. He has been at the centre of most of the leading group actions in this field for many years, and is widely regarded as the go-to solicitor in this field. He also has an international reputation and is often called upon to address overseas conferences in the product liability field.’

‘The team is willing to take a risk and push ‘challenging’ cases forward with consistently impressive results. They are also internationally aware and liaise well with other firms across the world in this field, which gives them a real edge, especially in a claims involving multi-nationals with enormous financial resources.’

‘Mark Harvey. Top drawer. Exceptional breadth of knowledge. Brings an internal focus to the work through his European and wider links. Creative product liability lawyer who is prepared to take risks to try and push the law onwards. A genuine pleasure to work with.’

‘Pauline Roberts, very experienced PL litigator, who has been involved in many of the largest medical devices/products claims. Able to balance the ‘big picture’ element of working in large pieces of litigation with the need for the fine eye for detail to identify the winning points. Like Mark, she is an utter pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Occulentis Lenses claimants

Superpuma Helicopter crash

PIP Claimants

Work highlights

  • Acting for a growing number of claimants who have suffered visual impairment as a result of receiving intraocular lenses manufactured by Oculentis.
  • Advised on the question of liability in connection with a multi-party fatal helicopter crash with cross jurisdictional issues.
  • Representing groups of women who have received vaginal mesh for treatment of either pelvic organ prolapse or stress urinary incontinence in claims against the manufacturers of the mesh, health authorities, private surgeons or private hospitals after injuries have been caused.

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell is regularly instructed by claimants in cases relating to medical negligence issues, defective electrical device claims, and cosmetic and other consumer goods matters. The team has substantial experience in individual and group claims, often with cross-border elements. In Birmingham, Clive Garner's practice also includes international aviation and marine cases. From the Sheffield office, Tim Annett specialises in defective medical devices, while Sallie Booth is well versed in proceedings relating to foods and pharmaceuticals products. Associate Matthew Newbould is another name to note.

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Newbould

Testimonials

‘The team at Irwin Mitchell are very knowledgeable when it comes to dealing with product liability cases. They deal with clients in a very kind way.’

‘We have been dealing with Tim Annett and I just cannot express enough how wonderful he is to deal with. He makes sure we understand the process along the way and is very quick to let us know of any developments. I feel that Tim handles cases in a very methodical and knowledgeable way and shows compassion to those he deals with.’

‘Very professional in the way they conduct themselves; high levels of empathy and understanding in sensitive situations. Sense of passion and commitment for what they do.’

‘Tim Annett – dedicated, hard-working to try to do everything possible to get a favourable outcome. Calm, empathetic, tenacious.’

‘This is a team with depth of experience. They are willing to take on difficult cases. One of the leaders in this field.’

‘The product liability team in Sheffield are one of the few true specialist teams in this field. They handle these cases every day and as a result i think have more in depth knowledge than more generalist lawyers.’

‘Matthew Newbould at the Sheffield office. He has a deep understanding of the unique issues raised by product liability law. I find him to be intellectually and technically very strong. He is good to work with because he gives a lot of thought to his cases and is strategic.’

‘Irwin Mitchell benefits from a brilliant and dedicated team with exceptional individual practitioners, and can fairly be regarded as one of the strongest players in the claimant product liability world.’

‘Sallie Booth combines pragmatism and common sense with a brilliant depth of knowledge of product liability law and practice. Her conduct of the vaginal mesh cases has been incredibly impressive. Tim Annett is compassionate and thorough, leaving no stone unturned to achieve results. His work in the hip cases was inspirational.’

Work highlights

  • Acting for UK-based families in claims relating to the crash of Ethiopian Airlines flight 302, against Boeing in the US.
  • Pursuing claims as lead solicitors for a group of women alleging defective trans-vaginal mesh injured them.

Leigh Day

Leigh Day is one of the leading claimant practices in the market with a strong reputation in cases relating to medical devices and pharmaceuticals products. The team has also seen increasing activity in the consumer goods and food and drinks space, across civil and group litigation. Bozena Michalowska-Howells heads up the practice; she has more than 20 years of experience spanning a variety of disputes. Jill Paterson is well versed in consumer rights issues, while Gene Matthews is a key name for clinical trials and product safety matters. Other prominent practitioners are Michelle Victor, recently promoted partner Thomas Jervis and associates Sarah Moore and Tina Patel.

Practice head(s):

Bozena Michalowska-Howells

Testimonials

‘Leigh Day’s product liability team are involved in all major medical and pharmaceutical product liability cases, usually with multiple claimants. Their experience is without equal. They have a good team of partners with real ability to take a realistic view of cases and to exercise shrewd tactics.’

‘Bozena Michalowska-Howells. Partner. She was consistently impressive and advanced her clients’ interests doggedly.’

‘Sarah Moore is incredibly analytical and clear in her approaches to issues. Claimant are lucky to have her in support.’

‘Thomas Jervis fights tirelessly for his clients but combines that with an invaluable realism which means that he can provide the best solution for the client.’

‘The firm is the undoubted market leader in this field. It has vast experience of group litigation in product liability cases, and huge resources to enable these large scale group actions to be fought. The firm is resolutely committed to representing the Davids in David v Goliath litigation, with a hugely impressive work ethic and commitment to its core values.’

‘Bozena Michalowska-Howells has bags of enthusiasm for her cases. A real drive to press them through to the end, with a pragmatic approach to problem-solving and an absolute pleasure to work with. Sarah Moore is also very talented with an impressive work ethic and a determination to get the best results for her clients.’

‘Jill Paterson is highly accomplished and highly experienced partner. She has led some of the most complex and challenging product liability litigation in recent times-including claims against the manufacturers of metal-on-metal implants. She couples a high degree of skill with great emotional intelligence, and is rightly trusted by her clients. She has a steely resolve and is a formidable opponent. And she fights very hard to secure compensation for her clients.’

‘The individuals I have worked most closely with are Michelle Victor, Jill Paterson and Tom Jervis. Those three are all highly experienced in product safety/liability claims and they lead a very well run team of solicitors. Michelle works harder and longer hours than anyone I know and she fights extremely hard to get the best results for her client and is not put off by intransigent defendants. Jill is also a fighter and has a very good with clients. She has an excellent reputation particularly in domestic product safety.’

Work highlights

  • Represented 37 residents of a tower block in Shepherd’s Bush in claims arise out of a fire which was allegedly caused by a faulty Whirlpool tumble dryer.
  • Bringing a claim on behalf of approximately 91,000 UK drivers under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 against Volkswagen regarding its emissions test cheating software.
  • Acting on behalf of a group of women who have suffered facial disfigurement as a consequence of the use of the Boots Smooth Care Hair Lightener product.