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Steven Coles

Call 1983

"Technically sound and very patient and detailed in his approach."
(Legal 500)

Product Liability

Selected Cases

  • Acting for claimants and their insurers in a product liability claim for about £2 Million arising from defective adhesive manufactured and supplied by the defendants, and supplied in turn by the claimants to various contractors who used it on numerous projects (2020)
  • Acting for defendant’s insurers in defence of a claim for £150,000 for damage to a house where a defective electrical appliance blamed (2020)
  • Acting for insurers in subrogated claim for £200,000 fire damage to a house caused by defective television set (2017)
  • Appearing for defendant’s insurers in product liability / personal injury claim by paraplegic claimant against various manufacturers, suppliers and health authorities, claiming £1 Million for injuries from a defective wheelchair which collapsed.  Wood v Days Healthcare & Others (2015)
  • Acting for defendant suppliers in a claim for £1.5 Million against manufacturers and suppliers in respect of defective solder used in the manufacture of electronic printed circuit boards (2014).
  • Acting for defendant suppliers and insurers in a personal injury claim against manufacturers and suppliers arising out of defective gate to a mobile lifting platform (2014)
  • Acting for defendants and insurers in large claim by a paraplegic suffering injuries from a jacuzzi bath (2014)
  • Acting for suppliers in a fire claim against suppliers and manufacturers arising out of defective capacitors used in frequency converter equipment (2014)
  • Instructed to advise and appear at trial in a fire claim blamed on tumble dryer (2012)
  • Subrogated claim by employer’s liability insurers, claiming indemnity or contribution from the Italian manufacturer of a pulley system which broke, causing injury to an employee (2011)
  • Claim for loss of profits arising from contamination of large quantities of toothpaste during manufacture (2007)
  • Product liability trial and appeal involving ink for manufacture of printed circuit boards for computers: Leicester Circuits v Coates (2003) EWCA Civ 290
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  • MA (Cantab)


  • Commercial Bar Association
  • London Common Law & Commercial Bar Association
  • Personal Injury Bar Association
  • Professional Negligence Bar Association
  • Technology & Construction Bar Association


“He responds well to questions regarding his advice, and is happy to engage in debate upon the finer points of liability and causation – his advice is impressive and perceptive.”

Legal 500, 2022

“Extremely intelligent, with a very patient manner.”

Legal 500, 2021

“He is very analytical, forensic and has good ‘instinct’ on strategy.”

Legal 500

“A calm presence, he is good with expert witnesses, has an eye for detail and is strong on technical issues.”

Legal 500

“His technical excellence and calm manner put clients at ease.”

Legal 500

“Technically sound and very patient and detailed in his approach.”

Legal 500

“Technical skills combined with diligence.”

Legal 500

“Instructed in a range of insurance-related cases.”

Legal 500

“A very good insurance counsel.”

Legal 500

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