Product Liability

Compass Chambers (rated Band 1 for Product Liability in Chambers and Partners) has provided the highest number of Advocates involved in product liability cases in recent years, both for pursuers and manufacturers.

Robert Milligan KC, Andrew Smith KC, Clare Connelly, Kate Bennett and Emma Toner were the counsel principally instructed for the pursuers in the recent Vaginal Mesh litigation whilst Astrid Smart KC and Lesley Shand KC acted for the main manufacturers.  Richard Pugh was instructed for the CLO in the same litigation.

In the metal on metal hip litigation, Robert Milligan KC, Clare Connelly and Craig Murray acted for the pursuer in the case of Hastings v Finsbury Orthopaedics 2019 SLT 1411, the biggest proof under the Consumer Protection Act 1987 in Scotland. 

Andrew Smith KC and Craig Murray also acted for the pursuers in the Celebrex and Vioxx litgations.  Craig Murray also acted for the pursuer in the lead case in Vioxx and Lesley Shand KC and Graeme Middleton KC for the defenders in Celebrex (see Richards v Pharmacia Ltd t/a Pfizer 2018 SLT 492.  Robert Milligan KC also acted for the defenders in Vioxx.

Back in 2012, Robert Milligan KC and Calum Wilson successfully acted for the defenders in the case of McGlinchey v General Motors UK Ltd [2012] CSIH 91.

  • "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." - Chambers UK 2021

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