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Michael Curtis QC

Call 1982 • QC 2008

"He is extremely clear, calm and persuasive when on his feet in court."
(Chambers UK 2016)

Product Liability

Michael has acted and advised in numerous substantial cases concerning defective products. He is regularly instructed to act on behalf of manufacturers, those in the construction industry and insurers. Sometimes cases materialise as a result of property damage cause by fire or flood.

Selected Cases

  • Acting for insurers in the litigation concerning defective cavity wall insulation.
  • Acting for a major drinks manufacturer in respect of claims arising out of fires in drinks vending machines.
  • Advising in respect of a fire caused by defective electrical equipment which destroyed a large warehouse.
  • Acting for the developers in TCC proceedings arising out of a £0.25 billion property development in Central London.
  • Acting for the defendant fit out contractors in a claim arising out of a burglary at Central London jewelers.
  • Advising in respect of a multi million pound claim in respect of allegedly defective bespoke furniture fitted in a landmark public building.
  • Acting for the suppliers in a multi million pound TCC claim in respect of a fire in a large dwelling house alleged to be caused by a defective flue.
  • Acting for the suppliers in a multi million pound TCC claim in respect of a fire at a warehouse alleged to be caused by a defective flue.
  • Siemens v Supershield (2010) 129 Con LR 52 – Acting for Slaughter & May in the settled litigation to which Siemens and Supershield were Part 20 Defendants. The case concerned a defective float and inlet valve in a water tank at Slaughter & May’s London offices at One Bunhill Row.
  • Three Valleys Water PLC v London Fire & Emergency Planning Authority [2009] EWHC 3109
    • Defective fire hydrants throughout London and the South East.
  • Coal Pension Properties v Nu Way [2009] 124 Con LR 50 – An explosion caused by a defective gas booster pump installed in the plant room at Littlewoods Stores in Oxford Street.
  • Orange Personal Communications Services Ltd v Hoare Lea (A Firm) (2008) 117 Con LR 76
    • Defective water supply system at Orange’s data centre in Bristol.
  • Trac Time Controls v Rowan Plastic Mouldings [2005] All ER (D) 06 (Jan) – Defective polycarbonate floodlights which were supplied around the world.
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  • Ranner Arbitration Prize
  • MSc (Construction & Arbitration Law), Kings College London
  • MA in Law (Oxon)


  • ACIArb
  • PNBA
  • LCIA
  • SCL


“A very able advocate, who is brilliant in court.”

Legal 500, 2017

“Extremely capable and user-friendly, with a fantastic attention to detail.”

Legal 500, 2017


Legal 500, 2017

“He is extremely clear, calm and persuasive when on his feet in court.”

Chambers UK 2016

“He is very measured and very sensible so you feel you are in safe hands”.

Chambers UK 2016

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