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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 damage and losses caused by allegedly defective products and products that are alleged not to be fit for purpose. Recent cases have included products ranging from electrical components, white goods generally, chains, gas regulators, fire suppressant installations, ladders and bicycles.

Selected Cases

  • Acted for insurers of the seller of a bicycle sued by a Claimant for head injuries when he fell from the bicycle. Claimant dropped his claim following application for summary judgement being served
  • Multimillion pound claim arising from allegedly defective fuel ash sold to breezeblock manufacturers
  • Claim for several millions in respect of property and personal injuries following collapse of a cherry picker
  • £2.5m claim arising from a fire in a printing machine
  • £3m claim: chain of sales of defective steel tubes causing damage to end-user’s engines
  • £500,000 claim for explosion allegedly caused by defective gas-regulator
  • Acting for an electrical component manufacturer and supplier in £8m claim said to arise from with an electrical flashover in high voltage switchgear in an oil refinery.
  • 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.
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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


“A class act.”

Chambers & Partners UK Bar 2018

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

Chambers & Partners UK Bar 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 UK Bar 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

“Very good to work with – he will go the extra mile for you. He is somebody who is, frankly, a pleasure to deal with.”

Chambers & Partners 2016

“I go to him on cases where I need someone who can get to grips with the very technical aspects of a case, and is very good at getting down to the minute detail of a case.”

Chambers & Partners 2016

“You can have confidence in his advice and he is someone who looks at everything very thoroughly.”

Chambers & Partners 2015

“Excellent on policy cover points – goes through complex issues in an easy-to-digest way….Will dot every ‘i’ and cross every ‘t’: essential for technical, high-value cases.”

Legal 500 2015

“Impressive. His ability to collate and then disseminate information to support our various arguments on coverage was excellent…A real details man…phenomenally bright and very experienced.”

Chambers & Partners 2014


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