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 QC, Andrew Smith QC, Clare Connelly, Kate Bennett and Emma Tonner were the counsel principally instructed for the pursuers in the recent Vaginal Mesh litigation whilst Astrid Smart QC and Lesley Shand QC 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 QC, 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.  The reclaiming motion is due to be heard in December and an appeal to the Supreme Court is all but inevitable.

Andrew Smith QC 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 QC and Graeme Middleton for the defenders in Celebrex (see Richards v Pharmacia Ltd t/a Pfizer 2018 SLT 492.  Robert Milligan QC also acted for the defenders in Vioxx.

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

  • "A stable with an impressive roster of advocates frequently engaged in high-profile product liability claims. Tenants have been especially active in recent litigation involving medical devices such as the long-running pelvic mesh cases. The stable offers comprehensive representation to both pursuers and defenders, drawing on its wider strength in clinical negligence and personal injury." - Chambers UK 2020

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