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James Medd

Call 1985

"He has a wonderful ability to pick apart detail and then pull it together in a practical and user-friendly manner."
(Chambers & Partners 2016)

Product Liability

James is regularly instructed in cases involving property damage and injuries caused by allegedly defective products and products that are alleged not to be fit for purpose. Recent cases have included products ranging from bottles of oven cleaner, electrical components, white goods, rubber seals, gas heaters, ladders and bicycles. They often involve several parties and legal issues such as the Consumer Protection Act, sale of goods, negligence and contribution.

Selected Cases

  • £1m + claim for explosion allegedly caused by defective gas heater. Damage to property and personal injuries sustained. Multiple parties.
  • Claim under the CPA by an infant who was able to remove the child resistant cap off a bottle of oven cleaner and drink some. The bottle had been recalled but then put back on the market by those entrusted with destroying it.
  • Acted for employer in claim for contribution brought by employer against manufacturers and suppliers of an adhesive, the use of which caused the death of the employer’s employee when he was installing a floor.
  • Advising water heater manufacturer in connection with multi-million pound dispute arising out of alleged defective rubber seals supplied to them by a third party which caused the water heaters to leak in service.
  • Flood claim for over £600,000 brought by insurers of wealthy home owner whose house was flooded by a leaking pressure regulating valve.
  • Acting for an electrical component manufacturer and supplier in £8m claim said to arise from an electrical flashover in high voltage switchgear in an oil refinery.
  • Acted for electrical component manufacturer and supplier in a multi-million pound claim brought by a well-known chemist arising out of a fire at one of its stores.
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Qualifications


  • Queens College Cambridge (1981 – 1983)
  • Winchester College Scholar (1975 – 1980)

Memberships


  • COMBAR
  • LCLCBA
  • PIBA
  • PNBA
  • TECBAR

Rankings


  • Leading Junior in Construction, Insurance & Product Liability (Chambers & Partners 2018)
  • Leading Junior in Construction, Insurance & Product Liability (Legal 500 2018)
  • Leading Junior in Construction, Insurance & Product Liability (Chambers & Partners 2017)
  • Leading Junior in Construction, Insurance & Product Liability (Legal 500 2017)
  • Leader at the Bar in Construction, Insurance & Product Liability (Chambers & Partners 2016)
  • Leader at the Bar in Construction, Insurance & Product Liability (Chambers & Partners 2015)
  • Leader at the Bar in Construction, Insurance & Product Liability (Legal 500 2015)
  • Leader at the Bar in Construction, Insurance & Product Liability (Chambers & Partners 2014)
  • Leading Junior in Construction, Insurance & Product Liability (Legal 500 2014)
  • Leading Junior in Construction, Insurance and Product Liability (Legal 500 2013)
  • Leader at the Bar in Construction, Insurance & Product Liability (Chambers & Partners 2012)
  • Leader at the Bar in Construction, Insurance and Product Liability (Chambers & Partners 2011)
  • Leading Junior in Construction, Insurance and Consumer & Product Liability (Legal 500 2011)
  • Leader at the Bar in Construction, Insurance and Product Liability (Chambers & Partners 2010)
  • Leading Junior in Construction, Insurance and Consumer & Product Liability (Legal 500 2010)
  • Leader at the Bar in Construction and Product Liability (Chambers & Partners 2009)
  • Leading Junior in Insurance and Consumer & Product Liability (Legal 500 2009)

Recommendations


“My go-to barrister for indemnity work. He is efficient, can see the wood for the trees, and produces clear and structured advice on the most complicated legal problems.”

Legal 500, 2021

“Very good to work with and grasps the background circumstances and the technical elements of complex matters.”; “He offers practical solutions and brings an element of clarity to his advice.”’ “He’s very thorough and masters the facts.”

Chambers & Partners, 2021

“His advice is clear, honest and realistic – simply brilliant at the job.”

Legal 500, 2021

“Very experienced and an extremely safe pair of hands.”

Chambers & Partners, 2020

“Excellent all round.”

Chambers & Partners, 2019

“A class act.”

Chambers & Partners, 2018

“Thoroughly grasps complex information and adds considerable value to a case…You are always confident in the advice he gives you.”

Chambers & Partners, 2018

“He has a capacity for obtaining a thorough grasp of complex information and documentation in high-value cases and of adding considerable value to the case and overall client strategy.”

Chambers & Partners, 2018

“An excellent advocate, recommended for property damage matters with complex technical background.”

Legal 500, 2017

“Technically flawless, immensely hardworking and a superb advocate.”

Legal 500, 2017

“An intelligent and highly skilled junior.”

Legal 500, 2017

“He has a wonderful ability to pick apart detail and then pull it together in a practical and user-friendly manner.”

Chambers & Partners, 2016


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