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Compass Chambers

Product Liability

7 ranked barristersBand 1Scotland (Bar)UK Bar 2021 View ranking table

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Compass Chambers houses a strong bench of advocates and  impressive expertise in complex product liability disputes. The stable's tenants have considerable experience of acting on behalf of both pursuers and defender manufacturers in claims involving medical devices. Several members of the team have recently been involved in the high-profile vaginal mesh litigation.

Client service:

"All the clerks are eager to help and provide prompt responses to queries. The stable excels due to the helpful, friendly and approachable nature of the clerking team." "The clerks are extremely helpful and go over and above for their clients. You couldn't ask for more." Gavin Herd is the stable's practice manager.

Strengths:

Andrew Smith QC
Respected advocate who has a particular focus on cases concerning professional negligence and product liability. Smith has notable experience in cases involving defective medical devices.
"He's knowledgeable and experienced, but also engaging to be around. He's great fun to watch on his feet as he has an amazing answer for everything right on the spot." "A very able and well-regarded advocate."

Strengths:

Astrid Smart QC
A highly regarded advocate who also serves as co-director of Compass Chambers. Her respected product liability practice is complemented by her strength in clinical negligence. She is particularly active in claims arising out of defective medical devices, in which she acts primarily for defenders.
"A very effective advocate and a tough opponent."
Recent work: Instructed in SR and AH v Johnson & Johnson and Another, a reclaiming motion in relation to 'defect' in terms of the Consumer Protection Act.

Strengths:

Clare Connelly
Former academic with notable strength in product liability cases, forming part of her broader civil litigation practice. Recent instructions have seen her act on behalf of pursuers in significant product liability claims involving allegedly defective medical devices.
"Her strengths are her knowledge and expertise, and her advocacy and tactical skills. She is also very friendly and always ready to assist." 
Recent work: Continued to act on behalf of over 200 pursuers in the vaginal mesh litigation.

Strengths:

Craig Murray
Offers expertise in a broad array of product liability disputes, drawing on his extensive knowledge of personal injury law. Murray has experience of assisting with disputes involving contaminated food, medical devices and defective electrical products., "A good advocate with a very busy practice." "He goes over and above to help solicitors and clients, and his knowledge of the subject matter is exceptional."
Recent work: Instructed in John Hastings v Finsbury Orthopaedics, a high-profile case involving metal-on-metal hip replacements.

Strengths:

Emma Toner
Her notable product liability offering is complemented by her expertise in health and safety and fatal accident cases. She is regularly instructed by companies, public bodies and individuals, and has recent experience of assisting pursuers in medical device claims.
"Her strength is on the regulatory and technical aspects of matters. She is sensible and easy to deal with."

Strengths:

Lesley Shand QC
An impressive civil litigator with a wealth of experience acting in complex product liability disputes. She benefits from a wider expertise in personal injury and medical negligence law, bolstering her handling of medical device and pharmaceutical matters.
"Very knowledgeable, user-friendly and responsive." "She is very impressive. She's a real details person and handles the most complex cases effectively and efficiently."

Strengths:

Robert Milligan QC
Regularly acts in complex product liability, professional negligence and personal injury cases. He acts for both pursuers and defenders, and his experience handling group actions is of particular note.
"A fantastic advocate with an outstanding reputation."
Recent work: Continued to act for several hundred pursuers in the high-profile vaginal mesh litigation.

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Silks (QC)

Scotland (Bar)

Product Liability


Andrew Smith QC
Band 2
Astrid Smart QC
Band 2
Lesley Shand QC
Band 2
Robert Milligan QC
Band 1

Juniors

Scotland (Bar)

Product Liability


Clare Connelly
Band 1
Craig Murray
Band 1