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Leigh Day

Work Department

Product liability


Bozena specialises in product liability and consumer group actions. She initially worked with senior partner Martyn Day on his major group claim against tobacco companies on behalf of lung cancer sufferers. Since then she has developed specific expertise relating to defective medical devices, particularly hip replacements. She has been the lead solicitor in a number of group actions relating to hip replacements including the Depuy Hylamer Hip, the DePuy ASR and the Pinnacle Ultamet Total Hip Replacements she also acted on behalf of Trinidadian clients bringing claims under the 3M Capital Hip Protocol.  Bozena also has expertise in claims relating to pharmaceuticals; including claims on behalf of a group of claimants who have suffered depression and suicidal ideation as a result of a Diet Drug and on behalf of Parkinson’s disease patients suffering from the side effects of dopamine agonist drugs used to control their symptoms but who subsequently developed pathological gambling behaviour. Bozena is currently joint lead solicitor on behalf of claimants in the VW Emissions Litigation and is investigating claims on behalf of thousands of owners of Mercedes Blue Tec vehicles, in respect of allegations that defeat device software was installed on these cars.  Bozena has also worked on a number of the firm’s international group claims including the cases brought on behalf of South African and Swazi asbestos mine and mill workers against the UK multinational companies Cape plc and T&N. She represented Bangladeshi victims of arsenic poisoning in a ground-breaking claim against the Natural Environment Research Council. She also represented war time Poles now living in the UK, in their compensation claims against the German government and German companies for forced and slave labour during the Second World War.



Trained Amhurst Brown Colombotti; qualified 1995; then assistant in the commercial/civil litigation department; Leigh Day 1997, partner in 2003.






University of Kent, Canterbury (1988 BA (Hons) History and Drama); Holborn College of Law (1991 Common Professional Examination); College of Law, Lancaster Gate (1992 Law Society Final Examination).


Family, skiing and property development.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Insurance > Product liability: claimant

(Leading individuals)

Bozena Michalowska-HowellsLeigh 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.