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DAC Beachcroft LLP

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Alison Mcadams

Work 020 7894 6588
DAC Beachcroft LLP

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Product liability/life sciences.


Partner in product liability and mass tort group specialising in pharmaceutical and healthcare litigation; solicitor to NHS on Hepatitis C and blood product litigation in A v NBA; Connelly v Rio Tinto plc; Northwick Park clinical trial; and AstroZeneca Seroquel Litigation.


Qualified 1991; partner Davies Arnold Cooper (now DAC Beachcroft LLP) 1999.


Airdrie Academy; Hertford College, Oxford (1987 BA Hons); Pembroke College, Cambridge (1989 LLM Hons).

London: Insurance

Product liability: defendant

Within: Leading individuals

Alison McAdams - 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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