Chambers is rightly recognised in the legal directories as a “market leader” with “superb specialists” in the field of Product Liability. Our expertise covers litigation and advisory work concerning all types of products: from medical devices and pharmaceuticals to consumer goods, vehicles and industrial manufacturing equipment. Our reputation is built on a strong pedigree, with members being involved in the majority of key cases over the last 50 years.
Our barristers handle claims at every level of complexity. We are particularly well versed in complex and high value claims including group litigation, dealing not only with the substantive issues but also the procedural challenges flowing from a formal Group Litigation Order or informal management of groups of claims being dealt with together. Equally, we are involved in relatively modest unitary claims in the County Court.
Examples of cases in which we have been, or are, involved include proceedings involving the MMR vaccine, CJD, the Northwick Park pharmaceutical trials, the Haemophiliac/Blood Litigation, PIP Breast Implants, Myodil, Epilim, Vioxx, Seroxat, Johnson & Johnson Talcum Powder, Vaginal Mesh, Thalidomide, Allergan breast implants and the Diesel Emissions litigation.
In recent years, our members have been involved in a series of key cases involving medical products and the application of the Consumer Protection Act 1987: we acted for the successful prosthetic manufacturer in the landmark case of Wilkes v DePuy International Ltd; a team of five Counsel acted on behalf of the successful defendant in what was reported to be the largest contested product liability action in the UK, the DePuy Pinnacle Group Litigation (Gee v DePuy International Ltd). In 2022 members appeared in the Supreme Court in a Scottish case examining the Consumer Protection Act 1987.
Chambers also offers a wide range of complementary areas of expertise. Chambers has specialist practitioners in the fields of construction, insurance, property damage, health & safety/regulatory law, clinical negligence and personal injury. This allows us to meet our clients’ needs comprehensively by providing barristers who have experience across several areas or by creating a bespoke team of Counsel from different disciplines. Our teams frequently represent clients at Inquests or Inquiries and then in subsequent civil and regulatory proceedings.
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