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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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Expertise


Recent and ongoing Group action claims include:

  • 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.

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

Product Liability Barristers


Charles Gibson QC
Call: 1984 Silk: 2001

Lawrence West QC
Call: 1979 Silk: 2003

Prashant Popat QC
Call: 1992 Silk: 2008

Professor Sir Alan Dashwood QC
Call: 1969 Silk: 2010

Geraint Webb QC
Call: 1995 Silk: 2013

Oliver Campbell QC
Call: 1992 Silk: 2014

Malcolm Sheehan QC
Call: 1993 Silk: 2015

Toby Riley-Smith QC
Call: 1995 Silk: 2016

Andrew Kinnier QC
Call: 1996 Silk: 2018

William Hibbert
Call: 1979

James Palmer
Call: 1983

Jonathan Steinert
Call: 1986

Julia Smith
Call: 1988

Angus Withington
Call: 1995

Adam Heppinstall
Call: 1999

Noel Dilworth
Call: 2001

James Purnell
Call: 2002

Kathleen Donnelly
Call: 2005

Abigail Cohen
Call: 2005

Jonathan Lewis
Call: 2007 (Solicitor: 2005)

Thomas Evans
Call: 2008

Lucy McCormick
Call: 2008

Elizabeth Tremayne
Call: 2009

Hannah Curtain
Call: 2010

James Williams
Call: 2010 (Solicitor: 2008)

Ognjen Miletic
Call: 2010

Rachel Tandy
Call: 2010

Chloe Campbell
Call: 2011

George Mallet
Call: 2012

Jonathan Worboys
Call: 2010

Christopher Adams
Call: 2014

Lia Moses
Call: 2014

Celia Oldham
Call: 2015

Reanne MacKenzie
Call: 2016

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