As global manufacturers begin to see a stronger economic recovery worldwide, product liability exposure will remain a highly globalised area of risk. More and more businesses are marketing products manufactured around the world, introducing innovative product lines with components passing along more complex supply chains and distributed far more widely than ever before. This means that more disputes will be litigated across a greater number of jurisdictions. In addition, regulatory regimes continue to be tightened in Europe and beyond, with new General Product Safety Regulations expected to come into effect in 2015.
Our dedicated product liability team has the breadth of experience and international reach to deal with these challenges. Our lawyers are instructed to manage all types of product-related disputes, recalls, prosecutions and reputation-sensitive matters on behalf of multi-national corporations, retailers, suppliers and their insurers. In particular, we have substantial experience in defending high profile cases and some of the largest group actions of recent years. We also have a long track record of successfully pursuing recovery claims against suppliers, distributors, other service suppliers, contractors and manufacturers here and abroad.
We provide advice to businesses operating in key industry sectors such as environment and construction, healthcare and medical devices, food and drink, retail and leisure and manufacturing. We provide a global, comprehensive product liability and recall service and in addition, we handle regulatory and criminal prosecutions resulting from personal injury and damage to property, both in the UK and internationally.
We work closely with our associated offices around the world to provide truly global product liability claims expertise. Our strong network of experienced international lawyers is supported by the expertise of our in-house Queen’s Counsel, and well established links with forensic specialists, loss adjusters and disaster management consultancies around the world.
We also offer a 24/7 product recall helpline providing manufacturers, importers and retailers with advice on regulatory and reputational risks from product safety issues.