Nick McMahon > RPC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

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Work Department

Health and safety / environmental, liability, product liability / recall, and insurance.


Nick specialises in health and safety and environmental regulatory matters, representing individuals and SMEs as well as blue chip companies in investigations, prosecutions and inquests across all industry sectors.

Product liability experience includes large-scale medical product and pharmaceutical risks, including the PIP breast implant litigation and the MMR/MR vaccine litigation. He has also advised on product recall issues. Civil cases include complex and catastrophic injuries in employer, public and medical malpractice liability claims. He also advises on insurance coverage.  

Nick speaks and writes regularly on relevant topics


Trained Bond Pearce; qualified 1989; joined Reynolds Porter Chamberlain 1991; partner 2001; Head of Health and Safety 2010.


Health and Safety Lawyers Association; Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers.


Truro School; University of Wales, Cardiff (1986 LLB Hons); College of Law, Guildford (1987).


Music; film; football; squash; travel.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Employment > Health and safety

RPC‘s health and safety team is able to provide clients with multidisciplinary and specialist advice in a broad range of areas. Gavin Reese heads the regulatory team, while Nick McMahon has extensive experience in healthcare, retail and construction and in acting on high profile cases. The team is often brought in on fatalities, including gross negligence and corporate manslaughter investigations, and in other significant accidents such as road disasters, explosions and building collapses. The practice’s insurance expertise is a distinguishing factor, with many instructions coming through liability or professional indemnity policies. Associate Mamata Dutta advises across sectors including construction, manufacturing and facilities management.

London > Insurance > Personal injury: defendant

RPC fields a ‘formidable team‘ which is ‘extremely adept at concluding large loss claims quickly and economically‘. The practice is jointly headed by Gavin Reese, who has significant expertise in catastrophic injury, stress claims and chronic pain cases; industrial disease expert Nick McMahon, whose workload also includes group actions; and medical malpractice specialist Dorothy Flower, who regularly acts for manufacturers and suppliers of medical devices and pharmaceuticals involved in product liability claims, and defends chief risk officers involved in injury claims connected with clinical trials. Senior associate Steven Aitken is also recommended.

London > Insurance > Product liability: defendant

RPC is noted as an established practice acting for insurers in product liability matters. Areas of expertise include handling claims, in particular in the life science field, as well as product recalls, often spanning multiple jurisdictions. Other sector expertise encompasses the automotive, chemical, construction, food and drink, household goods, power, technology and telecoms industries. Practice head Gavin Reese and life sciences expert Dorothy Flower are both highly reputed practitioners, while Nick McMahon is a key name in the health and safety space. Legal director Peter Rudd-Clarke is another name to note.

South West > Employment > Health and safety

RPC has a strong track record handling health and safety cases involving serious injuries and fatalities. Cases often involve issues such as gross negligence and corporate manslaughter, among other matters. In addition, the firm has recognised expertise in insurance law and procedure; it is often called on as a result of liability or professional indemnity policies. Gavin Reese, who splits his time between London and Bristol, and Fiona Hahlo in Bristol jointly lead the general liability and medical team. Nick McMahon heads up the health and safety team.