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DAC BEACHCROFT LLP

25 WALBROOK, LONDON, EC4N 8AF, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work +44 (0)207 242 1011
Fax:
Fax +44 (0)207 831 6630
Email:
Web:
www.dacbeachcroft.com

Simon Pearl

Tel:
Work 020 7894 6590
Email:
DAC BEACHCROFT LLP

Work Department

Product liability.

Position

Partner and head of department dealing with product liability, group actions and pharmaceutical regulatory affairs; headed defence team in test case for whooping cough vaccine and MMR vaccine claims; co-ordinating solicitor to NHS on Haemophilia AIDS and Hepatitis C litigation; product liability/US jurisdiction claims.

Career

Articled Davies Arnold Cooper (now DAC Beachcroft LLP); qualified 1977; partner 1980.

Member

Member Medico-Legal Society, Defence Research Institute; member International Bar Association; part-time tribunal judge, Health, Education and Social Care Chamber, dealing with special educational needs and disability discrimination cases; and Social Entitlement Chamber dealing with Disability Living Allowance and Employment Support Allowance.

Education

Horace Mann School, New York; University of Birmingham (1974 LLB).

Leisure

Running, music.


London: Insurance

Product liability: defendant

Within: Leading individuals

Simon Pearl - DAC Beachcroft LLP

Within: Product liability: defendant

‚ÄėA major player in the field‚Äô,¬†DAC Beachcroft LLP¬† is renowned for its track record in the pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors. Simon Pearl, now a consultant at the firm, continues to lead the practice, which has particular strength in issues arising from clinical trials; recent work includes acting for Novartis in a matter concerning the alleged side-effects of two optical trial drugs. Alison McAdams¬†and senior associate Olya Melnitchouk¬†are representing Optegra and Allergan in complex medical device claims. The firm has won several new instructions across the tech, consumer products and medical devices sectors, as well as several new instructions from insurers.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology

Within: Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology

DAC Beachcroft LLP is 'highly regarded' and has strong expertise in product liability and regulatory work. Simon Pearl and Alison McAdams  jointly lead the practice and both have 'tremendous analytical legal skills' with 'second-to-none experience in life science product and healthcare law'. BMI is a key client of Pearl's, which he advised on claims over the failure of metal hip replacements brought by 500 individuals. He also defended BMI on litigation concerning claims brought by silicone gel in breast implants manufactured by PIP. Recent work highlights for McAdams include advising Optegra on the allegedly defective implantation of an intraocular lens, which was brought by a number of claimants. Bristol-based IP specialist Andrew Allan-Jones is also a key figure, as is associate Olya Melnitchouk, who is 'destined for great heights' and 'oozes efficiency and legal skill'.

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