Leigh-Ann Mulcahy QC > Fountain Court Chambers > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Fountain Court Chambers
Fountain Court Chambers
FOUNTAIN COURT, TEMPLE
LONDON
EC4Y 9DH
England

Position

QC, commercial arbitrator and mediator specialising in;

  • Insurance and reinsurance, including employer’s liability, public liability, product liability, cyber risks, professional indemnity, financial institutions, directors’ and officers’ liability.
  • Product liability and product recall, including commercial products, food, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, vaccines, blood and chemicals. Specialises in group litigation, cases with complex scientific and technical evidence and regulatory issues.
  • Commercial litigation and arbitration, including contractual disputes of all kinds and IT-related disputes.
  • Professional liability and professional discipline, including lawyers, accountants, financial services professionals and insurance brokers.
  • Public and constitutional law and inquiries.

Recognised as an appellate advocate, she has appeared in five cases before the Supreme Court and House of Lords, is acting on a Privy Council appeal and regularly appears in the Court of Appeal.

Has acted on behalf of the UK Government in a wide range of cases. Former First Counsel to the Welsh Government 2013-2016.

Recent cases include: Various Claimants v Giambrone and Law [2019] EWHC 34 (QB) (insurance); Goodlife Foods Ltd v Hall Fire Protection Ltd [2018] BLR 491, CA (commercial product liability); Akcine Bendrove Bankas Snoras v Antonov [2018] EWHC 887 (Comm) (commercial; freezing injunction); Redman v Zurich Insurance Plc [2018] 1 WLR 280, QB (insurance); The Khan Partnership v Al-Shanfari & Al-Rawas [2017] 1 WLR 2301 (limitation, solicitors’ negligence); Cape Distribution Ltd v Cape Intermediate Holdings Ltd [2016] EWHC 1786 & [2016] EWHC 1119 (insurance); International Energy Group Ltd v Zurich [2016] AC 509 (insurance); Secretary of State for the Home Department v Raytheon Systems Ltd [2015] 1 Lloyd’s Rep 493 (IT, arbitration appeal); Abbey Forwarding (in Liquidation) v Revenue and Customs Commissioners [2015] Bus LR 882 (insolvency); The PIP Breast Implant Litigation insurance dispute (2015); The Employers’ Liability Insurance Trigger Litigation [2012] 1 WLR 867, SC (insurance); The Atomic Veterans Litigation [2012] 2 WLR 643, SC (product liability, limitation); The Miners’ Knee Litigation [2012] EWCA Civ 1380 (limitation, group litigation).

Career

Called to Bar of England & Wales 1993 & Bar of Republic of Ireland 1998. Appointed QC 2009. Treasury Counsel (A Panel) 2006-2009. First Counsel to the Welsh Government 2013-2016. Senior Decision-Maker for Guernsey Financial Services Commission 2014-date. Deputy High Court Judge 2016-date. Bencher of Inner Temple 2018-date. Member of COMBAR Brexit Working Party 2016-2017. Director of Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund Ltd 2011 to 2016. CEDR accredited mediator. Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society 2017-date.

Publications:
Consultant editor ‘The Law and Regulation of Medicines’ (2008); editor of ‘Jackson & Powell on Professional Liability’ (6th & 7th eds) and general editor of ‘Human Rights and Civil Practice’ (2001);

Memberships

COMBAR; PNBA; LCLCBA; ALBA, BILA, ICC, LCIA, European Circuit.

Education

MA (Cantab); LLM (Osgoode, Canada); Dip. EC Law (Kings, London).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Product liability

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Leigh-Ann Mulcahy QCFountain Court ChambersOutstanding mind, preparation very thorough, brilliant lawyer, organised and great manner in court.

The barristers at Fountain Court Chambers are instructed in pharmaceutical and consumer product group actions as well as in claims relating to industrial, marine or aviation products. ‘Superb advocate‘ Leigh-Ann Mulcahy QC has great experience in substantial group actions and also appears in commercial arbitrations. Akhil Shah QC is noted for having ‘a good commercial knowledge of aviation which sets him apart from his contemporaries‘ in the product liability field.

London Bar > Administrative and public law (including elections)

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Leigh-Ann Mulcahy QCFountain Court ChambersIncisive and analytical with clarity of thought and purpose.

London Bar > Professional negligence

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 4

Leigh-Ann Mulcahy QCFountain Court ChambersShe is very tenacious.

London Bar > Insurance and reinsurance

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 4

Leigh-Ann Mulcahy QCFountain Court ChambersKnowledgeable, experienced, thorough and prepared – one of the silks who goes above and beyond to deliver a result for the client.

Asia Pacific - The English Bar > Commercial

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

Leigh-Ann Mulcahy QCFountain Court ChambersReasonable and experienced, a great option for politically tricky cases.