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Neil Beresford

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Neil heads the firm's Global Product Liability and Recall practice.  He specialises in:

• Product liability and recall;
• Environmental liability; and
• Professional liability

Neil is a first port of call for complex and cross-border product liability claims and he acts as coverage, defence and monitoring counsel in all parts of the world.  Neil has been involved in caseloads including: the Grenfell Tower fire; fire at the Liverpool Echo Arena in December 2017; and claims for financial loss arising from products supplied for the redevelopment of the London Olympic Stadium.

Neil is a market leader in environmental liability claims, particularly those which arise from the sale of products.  Some environmental cases include: an oil pollution claim in Canada valued in excess of USD $1 billion; multiple claims arising from the sale of PFOA and PFOS firefighting products; and existential claims against the oil industry seeking damages for the remediation of climate change.

Neil has particular experience of litigating in Colombia, where he has represented the London market for almost twenty years.  He is involved in some of Colombia's most significant professional liability claims, including: a USD 300 million professional liability claim arising from the collapse of the UPAC lending system in 1999; claims arising from the Contraloria's investigation into the Reficar refinery project; multiple civil and criminal actions arising from the demise of the Interbolsa Group; and competition investigations led by the Superintendencia de Industria y Comercio. 

Before entering practice Neil was a Fellow of Robinson College, Cambridge and a speechwriter to the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine of Lairg. He maintains active ties with Cambridge and teaches there regularly during term time.

London: Insurance

Insurance and reinsurance litigation

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Neil Beresford - Clyde & Co LLP

Within: Insurance and reinsurance litigation

With almost 200 partners across the UK involved in insurance work, a team that continues to recruit, and a client list that includes almost every leading (re)insurer globally - the likes of AIG, Allianz, Aviva, Swiss Re and Zurich - Clyde & Co LLP has earned its reputation as ‘a juggernaut for insurance matters’. The firm specialises in all types of insurance matters, spanning a variety of sectors and classes of insurance business, meaning it has the ‘ability to offer insurance companies the broadest coverage of business lines, at the highest quality and on a global scale’. This strength in depth is utilised in teams dedicated to specific sectors, such as aviation and space, directors' and officers' (D&O), marine, product liability/recall and cyber insurance. With regard to the latter, in September 2017 the firm launched Clyde Code, a consultancy service advising clients on all aspects of the burgeoning new area of smart contracts, blockchain and distributed ledger technology. Nigel Brook leads the global reinsurance team and James Cooper heads up the firm’s Lloyd's and London market practice. Another notable asset is the ‘very knowledgeable’ Neil Beresford, who provides ‘excellent service’, particularly for insurers and reinsurers, evidenced by instructions on some of the largest claims in the market with values in excess of $1bn. Jane Andrewartha and Andrew Grant, both well regarded for their ‘significant market acumen and specialist knowledge’, are also key members of the prolific team that also includes marine and energy insurance specialist Simon Jackson. David Abbott joined DWF in 2018.

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Product liability: defendant

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Clyde & Co LLP's  product liability and recall practice is headed by Neil Beresford , who is ‘a very knowledgeable and shrewd operator and runs a happy and efficient team’. The firm’s industry strengths include the automotive, pharmaceutical, healthcare, manufacturing and retail sectors. Duncan Batchelor  is defending Johnson & Johnson in a pelvic mesh claim. Legal director Jason McNerlin focuses on product recall and contaminated products insurance. Claire Petts  has experience in medical devices and drug trial cases. Other team members include senior associate Jamie Hui, who has been involved in numerous product liability disputes concerning food, fuel, medical devices, industrial machinery and consumer goods.

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