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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 of product liability and manufacturing matters and has represented Claimants and major manufacturers.

He has been involved in inter alia the following:

  • Group litigation relating to the use of Benzodiazepine anxiolytics.
  • Defence of the importer of an allegedly contaminated  flavouring ingredient that was  subsequently incorporated into a very large number of ready meals by a major retailer.
  • Advising in a case where it had been alleged that a weedkiller product was unsafe and had caused  widespread damage to strawberry crops.
  • Acting in the litigation arising out of a fatal helicopter crash which was shown to have resulted from the failure of the tail rotor drive shaft.
  • Cases involving issues of compliance with various British Standards  and Building Regulations (in the UK and abroad).
  • Advising in respect of a fatal F1 accident.
  • Cases arising out of road accidents where there were issues of alleged mechanical defects including tyre failure.
  • Advising in a case involving the manufacture of Ford motor cars.
  • A claim arising out of alleged manufacturing and/or servicing defects in respect of a Volvo lorry involved in a serious accident.
  • A claim against Harley Davidson arising out of a serious accident allegedly due to mechanical failure of a component.
  • Defending a motor dealership in a  case which settled shortly before trial relating to a Ferrari  which had been involved in a serious accident when the driver lost control. There were allegations about the safety of the particular model and the storage of fault information in its memory.
  • Advising in respect of the German/European manufacturing standards of an imported bicycle component.
  • Cases involving fires which had allegedly been caused by inadequately manufactured or maintained equipment.
  • Acting for a Scandinavian company which is a major manufacturer of household equipment where it was alleged that a failure of their product had lead to a serious accident.

Reported Cases

  • Alan Ide v ATB Sales [2007] EWHC 1667 QB, [2008] EWCA Civ 424 – He succeeded on behalf of a Claimant at first instance and again in the Court of Appeal. The Claimant 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 bicycle accident. It was alleged that there had been a mechanical defect in the bicycle and detailed issues of metallurgy were involved.
  • Johnston v Suzuki GB PLC [2014] – Acting for Suzuki in its defence of a claim brought by a motorcyclist who claimed that very serious injuries suffered in an accident had been caused by a failure of the frame of the motorcycle. Extensive expert metallurgical and reconstruction evidence was collated and disclosed. The Claimant then discontinued shortly before trial.

Selected Cases

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Recommendations


“The perfect QC – a skilful advocate with an excellent knowledge of the law.”

Legal 500, 2021

“He is extremely experienced and very forensic in his approach. His attention to detail is second to none.”

Chambers & Partners, 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


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