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International and group claim


Gene has over a decade of experience specialising in international tort, human rights and product liability claims. He was appointed a partner in 2010. He currently jointly leads a team of lawyers representing a large number of Iraqi citizens who allege they were subjected to unlawful detention and treatment by British Forces in Iraq in the period 2003-09, a significant number of these cases resolved in 2012-13. He leads the team bringing a claim on behalf of 21 Peruvians against Xstrata Plc, who allege that they were subjected to human rights abuses, unlawful imprisonment and assaults during a protest at the Tintaya mine, Peru in 2012. Gene has a particular interest in product liability and has worked on the successful group litigation relating to defective hip replacements. He has also resolved a number of cases involving defective heart valves and pacemakers. He represented over 200 British military veterans exposed to chemical warfare agents, allegedly without their informed consent, at the Porton Down military laboratories from the 1940s-1980s. In 2009, he successfully resolved the claims of four of the clinical volunteers who suffered life threatening injuries as participants in the infamous TGN1412 drug trial at Northwick Park Hospital. He is currently instructed by a group of claimants who allege that Zimmer Durom hip components are defective and have caused them unnecessary pain and suffering. He has recently been instructed by an individual who has suffered significant brain injury allegedly as a result of his involvement in a clinical trial for a new drug (a JAK inhibitor).



Trained Leigh Day & Co; qualified 2003; partner 2010.


Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL); Steering Group member of MATTER on emerging technologies.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Insurance > Product liability: claimant

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.