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Firms To Watch: Product liability: claimant

The environment and product liability team at Hausfeld & Co LLP, headed by Sarah Moore, provides solutions for consumers and vulnerable groups.
Pogust Goodhead, managed by Tom Goodhead, has expertise in UK consumer and medical product liability claims with a specialism in large scale group litigation.

Product liability: claimant in London

Hugh James

Hugh James leads the way in product liability work with a particular specialism in medical devices and pharmaceutical drugs. The practice has experience in matters such as mesh implants, PIP breast implants and intraocular lenses. Mark Harvey heads the firm and is involved in representing claimants in liability claims and medical device group actions. Pauline Roberts is involved in multi-party liability claims with expertise in representing women alleging injury from vaginal mesh. Aidan Lloyd works on defective device litigation while Carlos Land specialises in personal injury.

Practice head(s):

Mark Harvey

Other key lawyers:

Pauline Roberts; Aidan Lloyd; Carlos Land


‘Fantastically experienced and resourced claimant product liability team. They’ve done it all from massive GLOs to individual cases.’

‘Mark Harvey is an exceptional leader of the team. Very knowledgeable with an excellent grasp of civil procedure and commercially astute.’

‘Pauline Hughes is very interested in the science behind the cases; commercially sound judgment and always looking to get the best for clients.’

‘Mark Harvey is a legend in the field. Vast experience. Great legal tactician.’

‘Pauline Roberts is partner material. Runs complex product liability claims with aplomb. Great on the science.’

‘A well versed product liability team.’

‘Mark Harvey is a leader in the field. Tactically astute and always engaged with the detail.’

‘Excellent all round team for PL with a real depth and wealth of experience.’

Key clients

Cohort of Oculentis Intraocular lens claimants

Cohort of vaginal mesh claimants

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell has expertise in individual and group claims relating to defective products and group actions with a particular focus on medical negligence and abuse claims. The practice has been involved in several high-profile matters including claims against Boeing following the crash of Ethiopian Airlines flight 302. Sallie Booth is well-versed in group litigation and co-heads the team with Tim Annett , who handles abuse claims and clinical trials. Catherine Slattery and Natalie Truman deal in claims arising from clinical negligence.

Practice head(s):

Sallie Booth; Tim Annett

Other key lawyers:

Catherine Slattery; Natalie Truman


‘Irwin Mitchel were able to negotiate with individuals involved including legal insurers.’

‘Tim Annett and his staff have kept me up to date over the past 6 years and have been successful to date.’

‘We found the Irwin Mitchell team to be approachable, yet competent and professional and experienced in the area of product liability claims.’

‘Tim Annett was excellent at explaining to a lay person the various legal considerations and also providing advice, and we found it assuring that he has kept us informed and involved in the key decisions taken so far to progress the case.’

‘Irwin Mitchell provide a broad base of specialist lawyers who are skilled in a wide range of disciplines. This makes for an ideal “one stop” practice who can offer all the services required. Online access to secure emails is reassuring.’

‘Catherine Slattery has dealt with a medical negligence claim in a knowledgeable manner.’

‘Tim Annett/Catherine Slattery – dedicated, intelligence, engaged with detail of claims.’

‘Sallie Booth has vast experience gained over many years running a wide range of group actions. She is a master of strategy and of mapping out claims to help bring them home successfully and as efficiently as possible.’

Key clients

Trans-Vaginal Mesh Litigation

Boeing 737 Claims


Sorin heater-cooler


Advanced Bionics

Zimmer Biomet NexGen

Work highlights

  • Acted on claims arising from unnecessary pelvic floor treatment carried out in the Bristol area.
  • Acted for Lariam in claims against the Ministry of Defence.

Leigh Day

The team at Leigh Day specialises in product safety and consumer law with a focus on large group settlement and class actions. Emerging areas of product liability involve cases relating to robotics and artificial intelligence. The team is co-led by Gene Matthews , who focuses on product safety and data breaches and Michelle Victor , who handles liability claims involving faulty medical devices. Senior partner Martyn Day is a vastly experienced name in the space. Jill Paterson  is active on the personal injury side while Thomas Jervis, and Shazia Yamin are key names. Tina Patel was promoted to partner in April 2022.

Practice head(s):

Gene Matthews

Other key lawyers:

Michelle Victor; Jill Paterson; Thomas Jervis; Shazia Yamin; Tina Patel; Martyn Day


‘A strong team of excellent lawyers with great client skills, attracting high quality work and providing a top service for clients.’

‘Michele Victor’s client skills are second to none and she leads a great team of associates.’

‘They are the only team I would recommend a family member or friend use if they were unfortunate enough to need to bring a product liability claim. From technical skills to client care, you want them in your corner.’

‘They know their way around group actions like few others and are able to marshal the large amounts of information needed to handle mass product liability claims.’

‘Jill Paterson is a constant joy to work with, Jill will always steer a claim exactly where it needs to go and never backs down. She has an innate sense of how to navigate any problem and all the tools in her armoury to get the best outcome.’

‘Leigh Day has unrivalled product liability experience. They have a fabulous team, with great in-depth knowledge of this area. Leigh Day are always looking round corners for their clients and are looking to push the boundaries of product liability law. They are also fantastic to work with.’

‘Jill Paterson is a leading lawyer in this area, there is nothing she does not know about product liability.’

‘They are efficient, responsive and solution-driven.’

Key clients

The Volkswagen NOx Emissions Group Litigation

Follow-on NOx emissions group litigation (various manufacturer defendants)

Stade de France

ZB v Dexcom Inc.

Zimmer Biomet NexGen Knee Replacement components

HiRes Ultra and Ultra 3D cochlear implants

Jaguar I-Pace RTA spinal injuries (Phantom Acceleration)

Work highlights

  • Represented over 260,000 vehicle owners who are bringing several group claims against leading vehicle manufacturers.
  • Represented over 1,000 Liverpool FC fans in claims arising out of the chaos at the Champions League Final in 2022.