“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.
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.
- VW NOx Diesel Emissions litigation
- Product liability and consumer claims against manufacturers in the Metal on Metal hip litigation
- GlaxoSmithKline pharmaceutical claims in the Seroxat Litigation
- Experience of a wide range of products including consumer goods, cosmetics, food, industrial machinery, medical devices, medicines and vehicles
- Product Recall
- Product Safety & Labelling
- Trading Standards enforcement actions
- Particular experience of complex multi-party litigation including major domestic & international group actions
- Advising in relation to applications for Group Litigation Orders and associated issues in relation to the management of group actions
- Extensive experience of the various legal processes in which product manufacturers / suppliers become involved - whether personal injury / fatal accident claims, commercial claims, trading standards prosecutions and/or coroners' inquests
- Acting in cross-border disputes and regularly dealing with the jurisdictional issues that arise in product claims
- The Office for Product Safety and Standards
Representative casesgrid list
VW NOx Diesel Emissions litigation
Group action arising from noxious car emissions
DePuy Pinnacle Metal on Metal hip litigation  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  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
Call: 2010 (Solicitor: 2008)