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Jim Sherwood

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Product liability and police.


Jim leads the product liability and recall team at BLM, acting for insurers, suppliers and manufacturers. With his team he handles domestic and international product liability and recall claims and regulatory issues across a range of industry sectors, from minor injury claims to major group litigation and international claims, working with a global network of specialists. He provides coverage advice arising from public and product liability policy issues. His team handles high-value fire/flood damage commercial property claims involving products designed, supplied and/or installed. He leads the BLM team acting for the main defendant in the PIP Breast Implant Group Litigation and also acted for a number of defendants in the ‘toxic sofa’ group litigation, the largest group action ever mounted in the UK. He was a guest speaker at the annual Liability Underwriters Group (LUG) conference in 2014, presenting on group litigation and emerging risks in product liability. He led the product recall workshop at the annual AIRMIC conference in 2014. Jim has been recognised as an expert for several years by the legal directories, praised by clients as an “astute tactician” and for providing an “excellent service and proactive approach”.


Admitted 1988; joined Berrymans (now Berrymans Lace Mawer) 1990; partner 1996.




Forum of Police Defence Lawyers; British Insurance Law Association.


Sheffield University (LLB Hons).



London: Insurance

Product liability: defendant

Within: Product liability: defendant

BLM's practice is headed by Jim Sherwood, who ‘builds a good team for the case in hand'. Michael Harvey leads on matters for a food and drinks conglomerate client, and Carys Oatham advises large insurers including QBE. The practice’s clients also include consumer products multinationals and an Asian IT software and technology giant. Suppliers and manufacturers also instruct the firm in everything from cross-border disputes to recall claims. RSA and Globachem have retained the firm in a multimillion-euro claim relating to crops that were allegedly damaged, and the group continues to represent Sunseeker and QBE in claims relating to a fire, which allegedly originated from a vessel that was manufactured by the insured.

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