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Richard Lynagh QC

Call 1975 • QC 1996

“He epitomises the perfect QC – he’s always well prepared, clients adore him and he’s an excellent advocate.”
(Chambers & Partners 2019)

Product Liability

He has extensive experience in product liability matters.

Past cases have concerned pharmaceuticals, foodstuffs and machinery, including motor cars, motorcycles and bicyles.

He has represented Claimants and Defendants including major manufacturers.

Selected Cases

  • Alan Ide v ATB Sales [2007] EWHC 1667 QB, [2008] EWCA Civ 424 – He succeeded on behalf of a Claimant who had suffered serious head injuries in a fall from a mountain bike. The central issue was whether the handlebars had fractured causing the fall or fractured as a result thereof. There were complex issues of inter alia metallurgy relating to the manufacturing process.
  • Love v Halfords Ltd [2014] P.I.Q.R. P20 – He successfully defended a claim brought against Halfords Limited under the Consumer Protection Act in respect of serious head injuries sustained by a rider in a cycle accident. It was alleged that there had been a mechanical defect in the bicycle and involved detailed issues of metallurgy.
  • Johnston v Suzuki GB PLC [2014] – Acting for Suzuki in its defence of a claim brought by a motorcyclist who claimed that serious injuries suffered in an accident had been caused by a failure of the frame of the motorcycle. Extensive expert metallurgical and reconstruction evidence. The Claimant discontinued shortly before trial.
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“The perfect QC – a skilful advocate with an excellent knowledge of the law.”

Legal 500, 2021

“Extremely knowledgeable and pays great attention to detail, which is always necessary in indemnity/coverage cases – he draws on his vast experience to find solutions, is calm and unruffled, and a very good advocate.”

Legal 500, 2021

“An extremely experienced barrister who is calm, measured and forensic, as well as extremely quick and responsive. He is very much a team player.”

Chambers & Partners, 2020

‘He is very commercially aware. ’

Legal 500, 2020

“His advocacy and client care are first rate.”

Chambers & Partners, 2020

“The consummate QC, there is no better”

Legal 500, 2018

“Highly knowledgeable in his field. Very thorough. He provides a pragmatic analysis of the issues informed by his wealth of experience.”

Legal 500, 2017

“He is held in high regard for his tactical skills and steely determination – you want him on your side.”

Chambers & Partners, 2016

“He’s extremely knowledgeable, easy to talk to and has a very good presence in court – all the things you would look for in a barrister.”

Chambers & Partners, 2016

He manages expectations well, gives it to the client straight and is charming in court and in conference. He is confidence-inspiring and intellectually rock hard. Unflappable, easy to talk to and responsive”.

Chambers & Partners, 2015

“Very well versed in insurance policy disputes.”

Legal 500, 2015

“He has gravitas and a superbly sharp legal brain.”

Legal 500, 2015

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