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Carlo Taczalski

Call 2010

"Wise beyond his call."
(Legal 500, 2017)

Product Liability

Carlo’s product liability practice overlaps with his commercial, construction, property damage and professional negligence practice, with those cases often involving an element of product liability, for example:

  • Allcopy v Vision – Carlo is currently defending a counterclaim in the TCC which is put in the region of £1m, in which it is alleged that photocopier toner provided to the Defendant and Counterclaimant over a period of 6 years was defective, and caused damage to reprographics machines and significant economic losses.
  • Sanglier v Apollo – Carlo is instructed for Apollo (leading Michael Harper) in a claim in the TCC which is put at in excess of £3m, in relation to allegedly defective adhesive which was supplied to Sanglier, and which Sanglier incorporated into its own product and sold-on. Particular factors of the case include the long cross-border contractual chain of supplies, and technical arguments as to the alleged deficiency of the adhesive.   Carlo acts against leading and junior counsel.
  • Instructed as sole counsel in arbitral proceedings concerning a water treatment plant in Eastern Europe, which is said to have been defectively constructed and / or designed (the claim is put at circa Euro 2m).
  • Various fire claims involving the failure of electrical components, including being for a leading high-street chain seeking to recover damages including for business interruption following a fire started by a defective component within a freezer in one of their shops.
  • Junior to Andrew Bartlett QC in a London arbitration relating to coverage under a product liability policy in a pharmaceutical context potentially determinative of claims and various layers of insurance worth up to £300m.

Selected Cases

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“Carlo is an excellent advocate – a real fighter. He is very tenacious and not afraid to pursue difficult points. He is able to persuade courts very effectively. His written advocacy is also of a very high standard.”

Legal 500, 2024

“Carlo’s enthusiasm and eye for detail are exceptional and he adopts a common sense approach to strategy which is a significant benefit to both us and our clients.”

Legal 500, 2024

“Carlo is superb – extremely bright, a great lawyer and immensely hard-working. An outstanding junior.”

Legal 500, 2024

“Carlo knows his craft extremely well. A very able draftsman and able to turn a phrase in court. His advocacy is fluent and persuasive.”

Legal 500, 2024

“Technically very able and quick thinking, able to communicate very effectively, and provides solid advice on strategy and the merits.”

Legal 500, 2022

“An astute and confident advocate who is very robust in his analysis. He is attentive and has a real eye for detail.”

Legal 500, 2022

“A great blend of being exceptionally bright, hardworking and responsive together with a charming personality. Engenders confidence of clients both in conference and courtroom. More than a match for experienced counsel both in mainstream professional indemnity work and more specialist.”

Legal 500, 2021

“Carlo is incredibly forensic in his approach to work, he deals with large quantities of information in a methodical manner and is an excellent communicator.”

Legal 500, 2021

“Handles a diverse range of construction disputes.”

Legal 500, 2020

“He is very bright and thorough when it comes to considering all the possible issues.”

Legal 500, 2020

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