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UK Bar Guide 2023

Ranked in 4 Practice Areas
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Insurance
10 Years Ranked
1
Product Liability
16 Years Ranked
2
Group Litigation
2 Years Ranked
3

About

Provided by Leigh-Ann Mulcahy KC

UK Bar

Practice Areas

KC, commercial arbitrator in international and domestic arbitrations and mediator specialising in:

• Insurance and reinsurance, including business interruption, employer’s liability, public liability, product liability, cyber risks, professional indemnity, financial institutions, directors’ and officers’ liability.

• Product liability and product recall, including commercial products, vehicles, food, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, vaccines, blood and chemicals. Specialist in group litigation and cases with complex scientific and technical evidence and regulatory issues.

• Professional liability and professional discipline, including solicitors, barristers, accountants, financial services professionals and insurance brokers.

•Financial services law and regulation.

•Commercial disputes.

• Public and constitutional law and public inquiries.

Has acted on behalf of the UK Government in a wide range of cases for over 27 years. Former First Counsel to the Welsh Government 2013-2016. Recognised as an appellate advocate.

Recent cases include: Coote v Ullstein and Hodge Jones & Allen [2022] EWHC 607 (QB) (professional liability); claims relating to Hormone Pregnancy Tests (Wilson & ors v Bayer Pharma AG & ors) (product liability); civil claims arising out of the Grenfell Tower fire (Abdel-Kader & ors v Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea & ors [2022] EWHC 2006 (QB) & [2021] EWHC 2016 (QB); De Costa & ors v The London Fire Commissioner and ors [2020] EWHC 2718 (QB);); Financial Conduct Authority v Arch & ors test case on business interruption insurance and COVID-19 losses [2020] Lloyds’ Rep IR 527 (insurance); Various Claimants v Giambrone and Law [2019] EWHC 34 (QB) (insurance); Goodlife Foods Ltd v Hall Fire Protection Ltd [2018] BLR 491, CA (commercial product liability); Akcine Bendrove Bankas Snoras v Antonov [2018] EWHC 887 (Comm) (commercial; freezing injunction); Redman v Zurich Insurance Plc [2018] 1 WLR 280, QB (insurance); The Khan Partnership v Al-Shanfari & Al-Rawas [2017] 1 WLR 2301 (limitation, solicitors’ negligence); Cape Distribution Ltd v Cape Intermediate Holdings Ltd [2016] EWHC 1786 & [2016] EWHC 1119 (insurance); International Energy Group Ltd v Zurich [2016] AC 509 (insurance); Secretary of State for the Home Department v Raytheon Systems Ltd [2015] 1 Lloyd’s Rep 493 (IT, arbitration appeal); Abbey Forwarding (in Liquidation) v Revenue and Customs Commissioners [2015] Bus LR 882 (insolvency); The PIP Breast Implant Litigation insurance dispute (2015); The Employers’ Liability Insurance Trigger Litigation [2012] 1 WLR 867, SC (insurance); The Atomic Veterans Litigation [2012] 2 WLR 643, SC (product liability, limitation); The Miners’ Knee Litigation [2012] EWCA Civ 1380 (limitation, group litigation).

Career

Called to Bar of England & Wales 1993 & Bar of Republic of Ireland 1998. Appointed KC 2009 (KC from 2022). Treasury Counsel (A Panel) 2006-2009. First Counsel to the Welsh Government 2013-2016. President of the Panel of Senior Decision-Makers, Guernsey Financial Services Commission 2021-date. Senior Decision-Maker for Guernsey Financial Services Commission 2014-2020. Deputy High Court Judge 2016-2022. Bencher of Inner Temple 2018-date. Director of Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund Ltd 2011-2016. Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society 2017-date. CEDR accredited mediator.

Professional Memberships

COMBAR; PNBA; LCLCBA; ALBA; BILA; ICC; LCIA; European Circuit.

Publications

Editor 'Jackson and Powell on Professional Liability' (6th & 7th eds); Consulting Editor 'The Law and Regulation of Medicines’ (1st ed); Contributor ‘The Law and Regulation of Medicines & Medical Devices' (2nd ed); General Editor 'Human Rights and Civil Practice'.

Personal

MA (Cantab); LLM (Osgoode, Canada); Dip. EC Law (Kings, London).

Chambers Review

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UK Bar

Insurance - London (Bar)
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Band 1

Leigh-Ann Mulcahy KC
Leigh-Ann Mulcahy KC boasts strong credentials in professional negligence and product liability. Her insurance work often originates in these areas and she has significant experience of acting as an advocate, arbitrator and mediator. She is skilled in complex reinsurance disputes.


Product Liability - London (Bar)
1
Band 1

Leigh-Ann Mulcahy KC
Leigh-Ann Mulcahy KC offers strength in a wide range of product liability cases, including those pertaining to pharmaceuticals, household goods and industrial products. She frequently acts on behalf of government departments in addition to product manufacturers.


Group Litigation - All Circuits
2
Band 2

Leigh-Ann Mulcahy KC
Leigh-Ann Mulcahy KC is a highly experienced silk in the collective and group actions space. She has appeared in numerous high-profile pieces of group litigation concerning industrial disease, medical products or financial services.


Professional Negligence - London (Bar)
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Band 3

Leigh-Ann Mulcahy KC
Leigh-Ann Mulcahy KC is frequently instructed in high-value professional liability matters concerning accountants, lawyers and insurance brokers. She has broad advocacy experience, including appellate work, and is also known for her expertise in alternative dispute resolution. A Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society, she is well suited to matters which are heavy on technical evidence.

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