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John Leadley

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Baker McKenzie LLP

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Dispute resolution.


John Leadley is a partner in, and chair of, the Firm's Global Dispute Resolution team in London. John is recognised as a Leading Individual by Legal 500 for both commercial litigation and product liability work Chambers & Partners also cite the quality of his work on European regulatory issues around products. He is also recognised as a topnotch professional in his field at governmental level. He is the only law firm partner invited by the Department of Business, Innovation & Skills to be part of the steering group set up to consider implementation of the recommendations from its review into consumer product recall processes commissioned in 2015. He has previously taken part in similar initiatives with the Corporation of British Industry and the Association of British Healthcare Industries. John advises clients on a broad range of commercial litigation, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution, much of it international in nature, relating to general corporate, pharmaceutical and healthcare, and financial services matters. In addition, he regularly advises on product and operational safety risk management, including product recall, environmental and Health & Safety at Work issues. In all these areas, John has extensive experience of advising clients, often at board level, on crisis management, including advice on media and communications issues.


Pupillage 2 Essex Court 1985-86; qualified barrister 1986; associate Baker McKenzie 1986; partner 1995 to date.




Legal issues committee of the Association of British Healthcare Industries.


Oxford University (Exeter College) (B.A. Law) (1983); Oxford University (Exeter College) (B.A. Civil Law) (1984); Inns of Court School of Law (B.A.) (1985)


Sport, fly-fishing, theatre, food and wine.

London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation

Within: Leading individuals

John Leadley - Baker McKenzie

Within: Commercial litigation

Standing out for its global footprint, Baker McKenzie regularly acts in complex, multi-jurisdictional disputes and has particular expertise in fraud, administrative and public law, and competition litigation. The team's 'service is excellent, with fast turnarounds and succinct and practical advice'. Recent matters include representing Dubai Islamic Bank PJSC in proceedings to recover approximately $500m stolen from it in a complex receivables financing fraud. John Leadley heads up the global dispute resolution practice group; and Hugh Lyons, whose 'work is always reliable' regularly advises clients on litigation and investigations arising from financing transactions, restructuring and insolvency, fraud, and financial misconduct. Other principal advisers include Charles Thomson, Steve Abraham and of counsel Nadia Banno.

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International arbitration

Within: International arbitration

Baker McKenzie's international arbitration practice covers financial and M&A disputes; energy, mining, construction and infrastructure; and it fields lawyers with regional expertise in the Middle East and CIS. Steve Abraham leads the firm's London dispute resolution practice; John Leadley chairs the global dispute resolution team; Andy Moody  is'highly experienced'; Kate Corby is 'excellent, smart, focused and very adaptable'; and Ed Poulton is recommended for financial services and M&A-related disputes.

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London: Insurance

Product liability: defendant

Within: Leading individuals

John Leadley - Baker McKenzie

Within: Product liability: defendant

Baker McKenzie¬† continues to be involved in cases at the forefront of product liability law, with practice head John Leadley¬† (who ‚Äėhas great experience and is an outstandingly good strategist‚Äô) leading the way in pharmaceutical and industrial manufacturing work. Other key figures include associate Joanne Redmond¬†and Kate Corby, who is highly recommended for multi-jurisdictional product recalls. The practice is defending C.R. Bard against multiple claims relating to allegedly defective transvaginal mesh and an inferior vena cava filter. Another significant mandate saw Leadley lead a team representing Stryker Corporation (UK) in negotiating numerous pre-action settlements in a Consumer Protection Act case related to a hip replacement products. The firm recently increased its involvement in policy, becoming the only law firm to act as a member of a UK government working group on product safety.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology

Within: Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology

Baker McKenzie focuses on M&A, IP and regulatory work for clients such as Walgreens Boots Alliance and Novartis. Transactions expert Hiroshi Sheraton leads the team and advised Basilea on its licensing agreement with Pfizer for the rights to anti-fungal drug Cresemba. Jane Hobson also focuses on transactions and recently assisted ICU with its $900m purchase of Hospira. Product liability specialist John Leadley defended Bard against claims of allegedly faulty medical devices and procedures used to treat female pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. Other noteworthy names include Joanna Ludlam, who is an expert in public procurement; commercial agreements expert Duncan Reid-Thomas; and senior associate Julia Gillert, who is an expert in regulatory and compliance issues.

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United Kingdom: Product Liability

March 2019. By John Leadley , Partner

This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to product liability laws and regulations that may occur in  United Kingdom . This Q&A is part of the global guide to product liability. [Continue Reading]

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Introductory Chapter - Product Liability: An evolving legal landscape

April 2019. By John Leadley

Introductory Chapter     Product Liability: An evolving legal landscape   In a world of driverless cars, electronic devices with speech and facial recognition and household appliances which can be activated remotely from a mobile phone, whether the current (decades old) product liability laws are still fit for purpose is a current hot topic. Of course, longstanding dangers like overheating batteries, excess levels of chemicals and small parts in children's' toys still remain a risk, even in this modern world. But new risks and potential hazards are emerging in line with technological developments, and therefore it is not a surprise that the legal framework underpinning product liability has also begun to evolve. [Continue Reading]

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