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UK Bar Guide 2022

Ranked in 4 Practice Areas
2
Insurance
9 Years Ranked
2
Product Liability
15 Years Ranked
3
Group Litigation
1 Years Ranked

About

Provided by Leigh-Ann Mulcahy KC

Practice Areas

QC, commercial/international arbitrator 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, food, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, vaccines, blood and chemicals. Specialist in group litigation and cases with complex scientific and technical evidence and regulatory issues.

• Commercial disputes.

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

• Financial services law and regulation.

• Public and constitutional law and public inquiries.

Recognised as an appellate advocate. Has acted on behalf of the UK Government in a wide range of cases for over 25 years. Former First Counsel to the Welsh Government 2013-2016.

Recent cases include: Financial Conduct Authority v Arch & ors test case on business interruption insurance and COVID-19 losses [2020] Lloyds’ Rep IR 527 (insurance); claims relating to Hormone Pregnancy Tests (Wilson & ors v Bayer Pharma AG & ors) (product liability); civil litigation arising out of the Grenfell Tower fire (Abdel-Kader & ors v Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea & ors [2021] EWHC 2016 (QB); De Costa & ors v The London Fire Commissioner and ors [2020] EWHC 2718 (QB);); 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 QC 2009. 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-date. 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) (forthcoming); 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)
2
Band 2

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.

Strengths

"She is extremely bright and always on top of the legal arguments. She is a great strategist and is wonderful with clients." "Leigh-Ann is very organised and very proactive."

Recent work

Advised and acted for the Financial Conduct Authority in relation to the FCA v Arch and Others test case.


Product Liability - London (Bar)
2
Band 2

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. Mulcahy frequently acts on behalf of government departments in addition to product manufacturers.

Strengths

"She is meticulous in her preparation, incredibly hard-working and very client-friendly."

Recent work

Instructed in a group action brought by circa 200 claimants arising from the use of hormone-based pregnancy tests in the 1960s and 1970s by women in the UK seeking to diagnose pregnancy. It is alleged that HPTs caused or materially contributed to adverse outcomes in pregnancy, namely miscarriage, stillbirth or congenital malformation.


Professional Negligence - London (Bar)
3
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 significant 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.

Strengths

"A very careful, extremely intelligent and remarkably perceptive lawyer." "A great leader who is extremely diligent and has no problem with complex issues."


Group Litigation - All Circuits
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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.

Strengths

"She is absolutely fantastic and works extremely hard." "She is astonishingly good at what she does and is excellent at managing the whole process with a fully joined-up strategy."

Recent work

Acted for the Department of Health and Social Care in relation to a group claim concerning hormone pregnancy tests used during the 1960s and 1970s which allegedly caused or contributed to adverse outcomes in pregnancy.

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