Product Liability

In an age of global trade, product liability provides unique challenges which demand innovative solutions from a multi-disciplinary team. With expertise drawn from leading lawyers in various fields, we can efficiently resolve product liability disputes.

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We receive repeat instructions from leading UK and global insurers and corporates directly, and we have a deep understanding of the needs of producers, distributors and retailers - from multinationals to micro businesses.

What we do

Our experts are experienced in defending civil claims relating to defective products both domestically and across multiple jurisdictions, pursuing recoveries along the supply chain, advising on policy coverage, handling product recalls and protecting reputation, advising on regulatory compliance in relation to labelling, advertising and product launch, conducting judicial review of product regulatory decisions, advising on jurisdiction and choice of law, and handling complex group litigation.

How we can help

We have a clear insight into the issues that producers face in a range of market sectors, including automotive, chemical, construction, electrical, food, medical device, pharmaceutical and retail. We draw on insurance, regulatory and corporate lawyers to provide a full service offering and we look ahead in each sector to advise on emerging risks.

Our international reach

With our offices in Brussels, Dubai, Cologne and Munich, tried and tested networks of lawyers and experts around the world, multi-lingual lawyers, and dual qualifications in jurisdictions including the US, Europe and Africa, we provide a comprehensive cross-border service.

Our ongoing support

Our award winning dwf crisis response service offers 24/7 access to product liability experts in the event of a civil or regulatory emergency, along with media specialists to manage PR, and counsellors to support traumatised employees. We also offer bespoke training in a range of product liability topics to help you at every step.

Our work includes

  • Advising in relation to claims against the lead defendant in the PIP Breast Implant Group Litigation.
  • Conducting cross-jurisdictional litigation in relation to the supply of pharmaceutical products from India.
  • Defending psychiatric injury claims involving pork DNA contamination of Halal products.
  • Advising on withdrawal of potentially contaminated soft drinks and snacks sold in numerous countries.
  • Advising in relation to incidents in England and France involving fatalities and serious injuries arising out of coach and fleet vehicle accidents.
  • Acting for insurers in coverage disputes arising from property damage and injury claims in respect of polychlorinated biphenyl inclusion in various products in the US.
  • Defending contractors in respect of multiple fires arising from miniature circuit-breakers that were the subject of a roduct recall.
  • Acting for a quarry company in relation to allegedly contaminated aggregate used on public roads.

Don't just take our word for it!

Recent Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 quotes about our leading individuals include:

"Bags of experience, knowledge and sense"

"Knowledgable, skilful, innovative and above all else reassuring and confident"

"Considerable experience defending large-scale group litigation"

"Deep understanding of complex product liability issues."

"She knows product liability food law inside out and is very passionate about it."

"An emerging force in product liability who is measured and thinks a couple of steps ahead."

"Highly client and resolution-focused." 

"They successfully and skilfully handled a challenge which had the potential to seriously undermine our business."

Some of our experts

David Kidman


I specialise in product liability, with particular expertise in resolving claims involving property damage and injuries / fatalities.

John Groome

Partner - Head of Global Casualty & Property

I am a Partner in the Insurance team and head of the Global Casualty & Property group.

Kieran Walshe

Partner - Head of Commercial Insurance and Head of Equine

As Head of DWF's Commercial Insurance team I advise on a range of high value and/ or complex litigation matters and misfeasance cases.


Caroline Coates

Partner - Head of Insurance / Executive Partner (Birmingham)

I am Executive Partner of the Birmingham office and I head up the insurance sector for DWF nationally. I specialise in product liability cases, complex employers’ liability and public liability claims for automotive, manufacturing, utility and public sector clients.

Derek Adamson

Partner - Head of Occupational Health and Casualty

I am a leading insurance lawyer involved in cutting edge litigation. My expertise is in policy interpretation arising from mesothelioma claims, environmental litigation, product liability and construction cases, including a wide experience of group litigation cases.

Chris Lagar


I am a commercial insurance litigator who deals with a spectrum of non-injury claims, including major loss public and products liability, property damage and professional indemnity matters.


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