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Richard Sage

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“Very hardworking and will dedicate himself to a case. He is always available to provide a guiding hand and his advice is invaluable.”
(Legal 500, 2021)

Product Liability

Richard has a busy and successful practice in the field of product liability law, complemented by his extensive knowledge of the law relating to construction, insurance and professional negligence. He was led by Alexander Antelme QC, alongside David Myhill, in the ground-breaking metal-on-metal hips litigation (Gee v DePuy International [2018] EWHC 1208), and continues to act in relation to similar disputes in other jurisdictions. He is regularly instructed on cases involving complex engineering evidence, reflecting his background in construction claims.

Richard’s product liability practice means is complemented by his considerable experience in property damage claims. He was junior counsel in one of the leading decisions of the Court of Appeal on proving causation in fire claims (Milton Keynes BC v Nulty [2012] EWCA Civ 15) ,and is junior counsel to one of the defendants in the Clandon Park litigation, where a nationally important stately home was destroyed in a fire. Richard has acted for insurers of multiple defendants facing hundreds of claims for installing allegedly defective cavity wall insulation in homes across the UK, with a substantial combined value.

Richard’s practice means he is very familiar with coverage disputes relating to product liability claims, and therefore he regularly advises on the scope of indemnity provisions, exclusions, warranties, and on issues such as misrepresentation and non-disclosure.

Richard is recommended in Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500 for his product liability work.

Selected Cases

  • Acted (led by Michael Spencer QC and Alex Antelme QC) for the successful Defendant in the landmark metal-on-metal hips litigation. Gee v DePuy International Ltd [2018] EWHC 1208 (QB); [2018] Med. L.R. 347
  • Acting (led by Ben Quiney QC) for contractors in fire in large stately home alleging failure of fire compartmentation caused by negligently designed and constructed lift shaft. Damages claimed in excess of £110m (TCC) (ongoing).
  • Acted in a fire claim arising out of alleged defects in the construction of an electric fan, and allegations of negligent design (TCC).
  • Acted (led by Alexander Antelme QC) the manufacturer in the claims concerning the ASR metal-on-metal hip implant.
  • Acted in for claimants in a product liability action (c.£500,000) arising out of claims for defective hair treatment products.
  • Acting for a major retailer in a TCC claim arising out of a fire in commercial property, allegedly caused by defects in a fridge.
  • Acting for supplier of taps and other bathroom fittings, in substantial claim arising out of escape of water in a higher education college.
  • Acting on behalf of residents of a block of flats in litigation arising out of a flood caused by defects in a domestic boiler (TCC).
  • Acting for supplier of commercial milking machines alleged to have caused increased levels of mastitis in dairy herds (QBD).
  • Acted for designer of parts of go-karts which led to serious fire in go-karting facility near Tower Bridge (TCC).
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Awards


  • Arbitration Club Phillip Ranner Prize
  • Kings College Construction Law Association Prize
  • Lord Mansfield Scholar (BVC), Lincoln’s Inn
  • Lord Haldane Scholar (CPE), Lincoln’s Inn

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Qualifications


  • BA History (First Class), Oxford University
  • CPE (Distinction), City University
  • BVC (Very Competent), BPP University
  • MSc Construction Law & Dispute Resolution (Distinction)

Memberships


  • Technology and Construction Court Bar Association (TECBAR)
  • Society of Construction Law
  • Adjudication Society
  • Young International Arbitration Group
  • Professional Negligence Bar Association
  • Commercial Bar Association (COMBAR)
  • London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association (LCLCBA)

Recommendations


“Richard’s technical expertise is first rate, but his true strength is his ability to communicate complex technical legal issues in a manner which is readily understandable by the lay clients.”

Legal 500, 2021

“A very responsive and thorough purveyor of sound, measured analysis. He is also very easy to deal with.”

Chambers & Partners, 2021

“Very hardworking and will dedicate himself to a case. He is always available to provide a guiding hand and his advice is invaluable.”

Legal 500, 2021

“His quiet confidence belies a sharp, keen mind and a steady, measured determination and focus that make him an incredibly reassuring and competent advocate to work with.”

Legal 500, 2021

“He is tactically astute, responds quickly and has excellent drafting skills.”

Legal 500, 2021

“He is exceptional and very highly regarded.”

Legal 500, 2020

“He is sharp and focused and has an unassuming brilliance.”

Legal 500, 2020

“He is very collaborative in his approach.”

Legal 500, 2020

“Extremely sensible and a really good, safe pair of hands.”

Chambers UK Bar, 2020


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