I am effective at resolving liability issues in product liability claims. I am also experienced in handling product recalls, recoveries, regulatory investigations, policy coverage issues, group litigation, and jurisdiction disputes.
I have handled claims involving products of various types, such as medical devices (e.g. breast implants, spinal implants), automobiles, and electrical goods. I have represented manufacturers, own-branders, distributors and retailers, and effectively pursued subrogated recoveries along supply chains.
I represented the lead defendant in the PIP Breast Implant Group Litigation, constructing its liability defence. I also acted for one of the main defendants in the Linkwise group litigation, which involved thousands of claims involving defective sofas and dermatitis. In that matter I part-drafted a claims handling agreement which was applied to approximately 1,500 to 2,000 claims, and which led to predictable and cost-effective resolution of those claims.
I have a particular expertise in the food and drink sector, having advised clients in relation to the European E.coli outbreak, illnesses at the Fat Duck restaurant, alleged pork DNA contamination of Halal products following the horsemeat scandal, food poisoning outbreaks involving hundreds of claimants, and food prosecutions, including a successful and newsworthy appeal relating to rare burgers which resulted in Food Standards Agency guidance.
I am on the executive committee for DWF’s retail, food and hospitality sectors, which enables me to draw on the expertise of teams across both the insurance and commercial parts of DWF, particularly on the regulatory side. It also means I can work with the firm to provide a multi-disciplinary response to a product liability crisis, and provide the right expertise at the right time.
I have experience in constructing complex liability and causation defences based on expert engineering, scientific and epidemiological evidence, and I have successfully defended complex disease claims involving exposure to hazardous substances and difficult illnesses such as bladder cancer.
I am head of FOIL’s product liability sector focus team, working on behalf of the insurance industry to develop and share ideas on hot topics such as autonomous vehicles, the changing nature of product liability insurance, and legislative/regulatory changes.
I regularly speak at events for leading insurers, policyholders and brokers, on emerging risks issues such as nanotechnology, autonomous vehicles, EMF/mobile phones, 3D printing and e-cigarettes; as well as food industry risks such as complex supply chains and endocrine disruptors in food contact materials.
I have been recognised in Chambers and Partners as being “an emerging force in product liability work who is measured and thinks a couple of steps ahead”, “very efficient”, “very straightforward to deal with” and having “considerable experience defending large-scale, group litigation”.
Legal 500 has referred to me as “a go-to lawyer for food safety prosecutions”, and described me as “bright” and as someone who “thinks ahead”.