Product Liability Barristers

Product Liability

Ranked as one of the top five sets in this field by Chambers & Partners, we have an established reputation for handling complex product liability group actions as well as individual claims.

Members are currently instructed in the most high profile group actions in this field including the PIP Breast Implant GLO and several of the metal on metal hip implant group actions including DePuy ASR, Pinnacle, Corin and Finsbury Adept (see group actions listed below for details of members instructed). Instructions have recently been received to advise in respect of carbon emissions claims against VW.

Previous instructions include MMR, Bogle & Ors v McDonald’s Restaurants (the “hot coffee” cases), O’Byrne v Aventis Pasteur (the only case under the EC Directive ever to have reached the House of Lords/Supreme Court), and the Organophosphate group actions.

Members are often instructed by several firms in relation to the same product, and are able to facilitate effective collaboration between firms whilst preserving and respecting each firm’s commercial interests.

We also have particular expertise in cross border product liability litigation and the complex jurisdiction and private international law issues arising in such claims. Junior members of the team also have considerable experience in dealing with individual consumer goods claims in the County Court.

Members are instructed in the following group actions at present:


  • Consumer Goods Claims
  • Cross Border Product Liability
  • Group Litigation
  • Medical Device Failure
  • Pharmaceutical Claims
  • Sale Of Goods

For more details contact

Call +44 (0) 20 7242 3555.

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Product Liability Barristers

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Barrister Simeon Maskrey

Simeon Maskrey QC

Call: 1977 | QC: 1995

Barrister Derek Sweeting

Derek Sweeting QC

Call: 1983 | QC: 2001

Barrister Hugh Preston

Hugh Preston QC

Call: 1994 | QC: 2012

Barrister Julian Matthews

Julian Matthews

Call: 1979

Barrister Simon King

Simon King

Call: 1987

Barrister Adam Korn

Adam Korn

Call: 1992

Barrister Jonathan Bertram

Jonathan Bertram

Call: 2003

Barrister Conor Dufficy

Conor Dufficy

Call: 2004

Barrister Robert Harland

Robert Harland

Call: 2006

Barrister Ashley Pratt

Ashley Pratt

Call: 2006

Barrister Saara Idelbi

Saara Idelbi

Call: 2008

Barrister Caroline Lody

Caroline Lody

Call: 2009

Barrister James Macdonald

James Macdonald

Call: 2010

Barrister Helen Compton

Helen Compton

Call: 2011

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