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Hugh Preston QC

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7BR (Chambers of Collingwood Thompson QC)


Hugh Preston specialises predominantly in product liability, clinical negligence and personal injury, but also maintains a broad commercial litigation practice. In his product liability practice. He is presently instructed in a number of high profile group actions including PIP breast implants, DePuy ASR hip prostheses and the Cervarix vaccine. In 2010 he appeared in O’Byrne v Aventis Pasteur-the only case under the EC product liability directive ever to have reached the House of Lords/Supreme Court, having been referred to the European Court of Justice in 2006 and 2009. In his clinical negligence practice he is regularly instructed in very high value birth injury claims as well as a wide range of claims involving infant deaths, abdominal injuries, consent issues etc. In his personal injury practice he covers the whole range of personal injury work and recently acted (alone) for the defendant in the leading House of Lords authority on work equipment regulations Smith v Northamptonshire County Council (2009 UKHL). He has also developed a particular specialism in claims against international private security companies arising from incidents in Iraq and other conflict zones and unstable environments. He has been instructed in the leading cases in this area and has recently been asked to advise upon the implementation of a self regulation regime for the industry, on behalf a leading industry trade association and on behalf of the US government. In his commercial practice Hugh undertakes a wide range of commercial litigation including general contractual disputes, sale of goods, civil fraud, partnership disputes and urgent injunctions.


Called 1994, Middle Temple. Having practised in East Anglia in the early years of practice, joined 7 Bedford Row in 2000; Silk 2012.




Eton College; Durham University (1992, BA hons, theology).


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Clinical negligence

Within: Clinical negligence – Leading silks

Hugh Preston QC - 7BRHe has a pragmatic and positive approach to appropriate forms of resolution.

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Product liability

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Hugh Preston QC - 7BRVery practical, pragmatic and hard working.

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