Alison Newstead > Shook, Hardy & Bacon International LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Shook, Hardy & Bacon International LLP
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Product Liability Litigation




Alison’s practice focuses on advising clients on issues related to product safety and product liability. She advises on a broad range of regulatory and litigation matters across a wide spectrum of industries, including electrical equipment, industrial and consumer goods, health, wellness, medical device and pharmaceutical products, toys, food and automotive.

Alison advises companies on risk and liability issues throughout the product lifecycle including pre-market risk analysis and risk monitoring procedures, regulatory compliance (including pre-market obligations, UKCA/CE marking, labelling and warnings), investigating potential safety issues, and supporting clients in recall planning and implementing corrective action. Alison also has extensive experience in liaising with regulatory bodies and guiding clients through regulatory investigations and enforcement action. She has long-standing experience in coordinating global product safety strategies and handling associated litigation and regulatory action.

Alison handles a variety of product liability and commercial cases in the English Courts and regularly acts as coordinating counsel for matters spanning the UK, Europe and the Middle East.

Alison also advises clients in respect of safety issues that arise in the workplace, in particular in assisting clients in addressing regulatory compliance issues and responding to investigations and enforcement action taken by the Police, the HSE and local authorities. She advises on duties and liabilities of companies and directors and represents both companies and individuals at Magistrate and Crown Court level. She has represented clients across a range of industries including construction, transport, manufacturing and retail. Alison also handles civil claims arising out of accidents at work.

Alison represents both her product and health and safety clients at inquest proceedings. She is commonly engaged immediately following a death to advise on the procedural and practical issues surrounding an inquest. Alison works with clients to prepare evidence to assist coroners and advises on risks and potential liabilities which may flow from the inquisitorial process.

Listed as a leading individual in Chambers and Partners for Product Liability: Defence, Alison is also recognised in Who’s Who Legal for Product Liability Defence and The Legal 500 UK for Product Liability and Health and Safety. Client endorsements of Alison include, “She has great expertise and claim management skills in global product liability claims” [Chambers UK Guide 2022], and “[Alison] really helps us stay plugged into the regulator’s thinking” and “is a great product liability lawyer” [Chambers & Partners UK Guide 2021].

Bar Admissions:
England and Wales




  • British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL)
  • International Association of Defence Counsel (IADC)
  • Health and Safety Lawyers Association (HSLA)
  • Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH)
  • The Law Society of England and Wales


  • LPC, with commendation, College of Law, London, 1998
  • LL.B., European Law, The University of Warwick, 1997
  • Certificat de Droit Français, University of Bordeaux, 1996

Lawyer Rankings

London > Insurance > Product liability: defendant

(Leading individuals)

Alison NewsteadShook, Hardy & Bacon International LLP

The product liability team at Shook, Hardy & Bacon International LLP regularly acts as coordinating counsel on global matters involving product recalls, liability litigation and regulatory compliance issues across a broad spectrum of industries. Team head Simon Castley works extensively on mass claims and defending clients across multiple jurisdictions, especially throughout Europe and the Middle East. Alison Newstead specialises in advising clients on product safety issues  and offers guidance on risk and liability issues across a product’s lifespan. Other important names in the team are medical devices and automotive expert Sarah Croft  and Samuel Sebree, who focuses on international litigation.