Product Liability

Product Liability

What our barristers offer

Barristers at 39 Essex Chambers have experience across the spectrum of product liability claims, including; contractual disputes between commercial entities about defective design, to multi-party or single claimant actions concerning consumer products, property damage and associated personal injury. Members act both in domestic claims and internationally.

Chambers’ depth of expertise means that we are also able to offer advice in respect of product recalls, regulatory issues, liability of credit providers and associated insurance disputes.

Cases include:

  • Ide v ATB Sales Ltd [2008] EWCA Civ 424; [2009] RTR 8; [2008] PIQR P13. A leading Court of Appeal decision dealing with causation in claims under the Consumer Protection Act 1987.
  • Pollard v Tesco Stores Ltd [2006] EWCA Civ 393. Court of Appeal. A product is not necessarily defective within the meaning of the Consumer Protection Act 1987 merely because it fails to comply with certain standards.
  • Linkwise Group Litigation. Action pursued by purchasers of leather sofas manufactured in China which are alleged to have caused contact dermatitis to persons sitting on them.
  • The DePuy Pinnacle Metal on Metal Hip Litigation. Various claims brought by persons fitted with metal on metal artificial hips.
  • XYZ v Various (The PIP Breast Implant Group Litigation). Large group action regarding breast implants manufactured by Poly Implant Prosthèse.
  • The Northwick Park Clinical Trial Litigation
  • The Sudan Red Litigation
  • Seroxat Group Litigation
  • Hepatitis C Litigation
  • Scania 4 Series Group Litigation
  • Opren Litigation
  • Myodil Litigation
  • Organophosphate Litigation
  • LSD Litigation
  • MMR Litigation
  • Bowling v Pfizer (Shiley Heart Valves)
  • Dow Corning Breast Implant Litigation

Who to contact

Ben Sundborg

Ben Sundborg is the Senior Practice Manager for the Product Liability team and will, along with the clerking team below, be able to help you with any questions.


Ben SundborgEmail


Call: +44 (0)20 7832 1179


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Neil Block QC

Neil Block QC

Call: 1980 Silk: 2002

Augustus Ullstein QC

Augustus Ullstein QC

Call: 1970 Silk: 1992

William Norris QC

William Norris QC

Call: 1974 Silk: 1997

Matthias Kelly QC

Matthias Kelly QC

Call: 1979 Silk: 1999

Gregory Treverton-Jones QC

Gregory Treverton-Jones QC

Call: 1977 Silk: 2002

Susan Rodway QC

Susan Rodway QC

Call: 1981 Silk: 2002

Colin McCaul QC

Colin McCaul QC

Call: 1978 Silk: 2003

Charles Cory-Wright QC

Charles Cory-Wright QC

Call: 1984 Silk: 2006

Vikram Sachdeva QC

Vikram Sachdeva QC

Call: 1998 Silk: 2015

Geoffrey Brown

Geoffrey Brown

Call: 1981

Christian Du Cann
Jonathan Bellamy

Jonathan Bellamy

Call: 1986

David Bradly

David Bradly

Call: 1987

Bernard Doherty

Bernard Doherty

Call: 1990

James Todd

James Todd

Call: 1990

Emily Formby

Emily Formby

Call: 1993

Judith Ayling

Judith Ayling

Call: 1998

Caroline Truscott
Nicola Greaney

Nicola Greaney

Call: 1999

Rory Dunlop

Rory Dunlop

Call: 2002

Robert Lazarus

Robert Lazarus

Call: 2004

Caroline Allen

Caroline Allen

Call: 2005

Alexis Hearnden

Alexis Hearnden

Call: 2005

Rebecca Drake

Rebecca Drake

Call: 2007

Emma Corkill

Emma Corkill

Call: 2010

Kristina Stern SC

Call +44 (0)20 7832 1111 for more information

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