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Product Liability

“In a league of its own” with a“panoply of eminent product liability specialists” 

“In a league of its own” with a “panoply of eminent product liability specialists” at both silk and junior level (Chambers UK), Henderson Chambers is pre-eminent in the field of product liability, consistently ranked by the legal directories as the leading Product Liability set in the country. “Widely regarded as reigning supreme on the defendant side”, it contributes “more barristers to the leaders table than any other set” (Legal 500).

Chambers’ pre-eminence encompasses dispute resolution and advisory work across a range of critical industries, including pharmaceuticals, medical devices, construction, energy, transport, manufacturing, retail, food and drink, and agricultural products.

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Over the past 2 decades members of Chambers have been instructed in many of the most significant product liability claims, including group actions concerning Opren, Benzodiazepines, Lariam, Pertussis, Tobacco, Organophosphates, Norplant, MMR, Sabril, Foetal Anti-Convulsants, Seroxat, PIP Breast implants and metal-on-metal hip replacements.  Members featured in the “Atomic Veterans”, OCENSA Pipeline and Trafigura cases and most recently the VW NOx Diesel Emissions litigation.

Chambers’ experience in disputes concerning commercial product liability claims and product liability insurance has included the Benzene Litigation and litigation arising from disputes following the Sudan Red, Para Red and petrol contamination product recalls.

Our work encompasses contractual and tortious claims, commercial and personal injury claims involving defective products, regulatory proceedings and prosecutions and advising on precautionary steps and improvements to be taken to ensure compliance with relevant consumer protection legislation, both criminal and civil.

We offer a strong team, at all levels of seniority including recognised leaders in this field both at silk and junior counsel level.

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Representative cases

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  • VW NOx Diesel Emissions litigation

    Group action arising from noxious car emissions

  • DePuy Pinnacle Metal on Metal hip litigation [2018] EWHC 1208 (QB)

    DePuy Pinnacle Metal on Metal hip litigation [2018] EWHC 1208 (QB)

    In a decision that will be very influential for other metal on metal claims, on 21 May 2018 judgment was given in favour of the defendant DePuy International Limited on preliminary issues in the DePuy Pinnacle Metal on Metal group litigation.

  • Seroxat Group Litigation

    Instructed by GlaxoSmithKline in pharmaceutical claims in the Seroxat Group Litigation

  • Dring (on behalf of The Asbestos Victims Support Groups Forum UK) -V- Cape Intermediate Holdings Ltd [2020] EWHC 1873 (QB)

    The Cape v Dring litigation concerns an attempt by a non-party to obtain copies of the trial bundle used during a six-week asbestos trial involving Cape which settled before judgment in early 2017. At first instance the Master granted the non-party permission to have copies of all documents, including the trial bundle of 5000 pages of disclosure, referred to at the trial. The Supreme Court confirmed in July 2019 that the non-party was entitled to written submissions, witness statements and expert reports under the inherent jurisdiction of the court, but remitted the question of what, if any, documents in the trial bundle the non-party should obtain to the original trial judge. On 16 July 2020 Picken J considered that question and held that Mr Dring was not entitled to receive any other documents. Details here

Product Liability Barristers

Charles Gibson KC
Call: 1984 Silk: 2001

Lawrence West KC
Call: 1979 Silk: 2003

Prashant Popat KC
Call: 1992 Silk: 2008

Professor Sir Alan Dashwood KC
Call: 1969 Silk: 2010

Geraint Webb KC
Call: 1995 Silk: 2013

Oliver Campbell KC
Call: 1992 Silk: 2014

Malcolm Sheehan KC
Call: 1993 Silk: 2015

Toby Riley-Smith KC
Call: 1995 Silk: 2016

Andrew Kinnier KC
Call: 1996 Silk: 2018

Angus Withington KC
Call: 1995 Silk: 2021

Adam Heppinstall KC
Call: 1999 Silk: 2021

Tim Green KC
Call: 1996 Silk: 2022

Kathleen Donnelly KC
Call: 2005 Silk: 2023

William Hibbert
Call: 1979

James Palmer
Call: 1983

Jonathan Steinert
Call: 1986

Julia Smith
Call: 1988

Noel Dilworth
Call: 2001

James Purnell
Call: 2002

Abigail Cohen
Call: 2005

Thomas Evans
Call: 2008

Lucy McCormick
Call: 2008

Hannah Curtain
Call: 2010

James Williams
Call: 2010 (Solicitor: 2008)

Rachel Tandy
Call: 2010

Ognjen Miletic
Call: 2010

Chloe Campbell
Call: 2011

George Mallet
Call: 2012

Christopher Adams
Call: 2014

Lia Moses
Call: 2014

Arnold Ayoo
Call: 2014

James White
Call: 2014

Celia Oldham
Call: 2015

Reanne MacKenzie
Call: 2016

Harrison Denner
Call: 2016

Beatrice Graham
Call: 2016

Freya Foster
Call: 2017

Ben Norton
Call: 2017

Jack Castle
Call: 2018

Thomas Mallon
Call: 2019

Douglas Maxwell
Call: 2021

Weishi Yang
Call: 2021

Isha Shakir
Call: 2022

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