Henderson Chambers offers an unrivalled level of expertise spanning a wide range of product liability disputes. The set houses an impressive bench of senior and junior barristers who are frequently sought out to act for major manufacturers across the transport, pharmaceutical, food and drink, and medical devices sectors, among others. Members are regularly called upon to represent their clients in complex and high-profile litigation, and have considerable experience of handling multiparty claims.
"The clerks are excellent. They are all very friendly and helpful." Jason Housden is the chambers director.
Charles Gibson KC
Charles Gibson KC is a standout silk whose superb practice involves a particular focus on defending corporate clients in cases stemming from faulty medical devices and pharmaceuticals. His expertise also extends to product liability and insurance cases in the food and drink and transport industries. He is readily acknowledged by market sources as a leading practitioner for group actions.
"A true heavyweight in this area, a brilliant advocate and a very strong team leader." "He has an excellent way of dealing with clients and just a really easy way of talking about strategy and explaining a way through for the clients."
Prashant Popat KC
Prashant Popat KC is widely regarded as one of the foremost product liability specialists at the Bar. He is eminently capable of leading in major group litigation and also handles unitary claims that are resolved through both criminal and civil proceedings. He routinely acts in cases involving defective pharmaceutical products, prostheses and household devices.
"He's fantastically clever and good at getting to the heart of a problem. He is always willing to roll his sleeves up and you just instinctively trust his judgement."
Malcolm Sheehan KC
Malcolm Sheehan KC maintains a thriving product liability practice and impresses with his client-friendly manner. His expertise encompasses cases dealing with medical devices, as well as pharmaceutical, automotive and consumer products. Sheehan routinely acts in complex and high-profile group actions and also has an in-depth knowledge of product liability insurance and product recall.
"He is calm, clear and gets the right result."
Geraint Webb KC
Geraint Webb KC boasts an impressive product liability practice with participation in several major food and drink contamination claims. His broad practice also extends into medical device and pharmaceutical cases, property damage claims resulting from faulty products and issues surrounding product recalls. He has noteworthy experience in complex cases involving multiple claimants and offers particular expertise in jurisdictional issues.
"He takes time to understand the commercial and wider objectives of the client and is a phenomenal strategist." "Has an excellent technical mind."
Oliver Campbell KC
Oliver Campbell KC is very experienced in product safety and liability, and has additional expertise in health and safety law. He is regularly instructed in major group actions involving medical devices, vehicle emissions and oil spills. He represents both claimants and defendants, but has particular experience in representing and advising manufacturers.
"A top-notch barrister."
James Purnell is a highly regarded junior who is frequently involved in high-profile group actions involving medical devices, including metal-on-metal hip implants and gynaecological meshes. His broad product liability practice also encompasses claims relating to electrical devices and agricultural equipment. He is particularly adept at defending manufacturers against allegations involving defective products.
"He is thorough, on the ball and personable." "Very experienced and a safe pair of hands."
Toby Riley-Smith KC
Toby Riley-Smith KC is highly regarded for his broad product liability expertise, which includes handling group actions in the medical and pharmaceutical spheres, as well as property damage and consumer product claims. He predominantly defends manufacturers and other companies in product liability litigation.
"He can charm the socks off anyone and gets completely stuck in to his cases. He is a delight to work with."
Noel Dilworth is a senior junior barrister who has a wide-ranging product liability practice that straddles both claimant and defendant work. He advises on individual claims as well as significant group actions, with recent experience pertaining to allegedly defective automotive, pharmaceutical and household goods. He is also sought out to represent clients in inquests.
"An experienced litigator who provides first-rate input." "He is brilliant, very, very bright and doesn't take unnecessary risks. He's forthright, extremely good in writing and gives excellent advice. He is highly effective."
Andrew Kinnier KC
Andrew Kinnier KC receives very high praise for his involvement in complex product liability cases, particularly those concerning defective medical devices and pharmaceutical products. His broader pharmaceutical experience includes unitary actions, regulatory work, product testing and labelling claims. He regularly advises on both civil and criminal liabilities, and is sought after by several leading instructing solicitors, who regard him as a pleasure to work with.
"He is bright, insightful and a great team player."
Lucy McCormick is regularly instructed in product liability disputes arising in the automotive sector. She is noted for her expertise in group actions.
"She has a fantastic eye for detail and is incredibly able."
Chloe Campbell has a growing expertise in product liability disputes and group actions. She is well regarded for her handling of matters involving medical device products.
"Really measured and excellent - she is the sort of person clients trust."
Adam Heppinstall KC
Adam Heppinstall KC has broad experience in product liability cases, with a particular emphasis on large group actions. He acts for claimants, defendant companies and government interests in claims arising out of the industrial, automotive and pharmaceutical industries, among others.
"His knowledge of black-letter law is exceptional and he is very pragmatic."
Thomas Evans is a talented junior barrister who is regularly instructed in product liability cases involving commercial vehicles, white goods and plant equipment. He has experience representing manufacturers and insurers.
"He is bright and meticulous, with an impressive attention to detail. An all-round formidable advocate." "He is a delight to work with and has a great ability to think outside of the box."