Our international product liability practice provides swift expert legal advice on all product liability and product safety issues that can arise throughout the life cycle of a product, enabling you to protect your brand and share price and secure your market.
Our key areas of focus are:
- pharmaceuticals and medical devices
- consumer goods, food and beverages
- commercial products, equipment and vehicles
- toxic exposure.
Although predominantly involved in product liability, including pre litigation planning and litigation management, we also advise our clients on matters relating to liability exposure, risk management and risk avoidance. This can include analysing manufacturing processes, testing protocols and quality assurance programmes, drafting product warnings and instructions and reviewing publicity materials.
Complaints, claims handling and group litigation
A successful claims handling process can minimise the potential for litigation. However, in some instances, litigation and high profile multi party litigation will ensue. We have considerable experience in defending protracted and complex multi party product liability litigation and managing multiple claims in different countries.
We are familiar with the technical experts (scientists, engineers, medical professionals) most often appointed in healthcare, pharmaceutical, industrial and consumer product liability cases. Our international experience of the judges and courts responsible for product liability cases in the various countries where we advise, proves invaluable in deciding on an appropriate defence strategy before a particular court.
Crisis management, media management and product recall
Product liability problems often develop at speed and in public view. We have advised on both modest sized domestic and large scale and multi jurisdictional product recalls either as part of a multi disciplinary team of third party advisers or when advising a single, fully skilled client. We are familiar with dealing with key regulators particularly in the recall context. We can assist in establishing a suitable crisis and recall plan for your company, of which a critical aspect is advising on media management.
Audits, risk evaluation and regulatory compliance
Many of the industries on which we focus are heavily regulated and thus, as part of the process of minimising potential exposure to claims, we advise on the suitability of product documentation, labelling, instructions, warnings and advertising content. Increasingly we also advise on contractual means of limiting exposure to claims.
Our product liability litigators often draw on the skills of lawyers in other groups, such as corporate or regulatory. The breadth of legal, technical and practical experience of the lawyers across the firm enables us to provide comprehensive and integrated legal advice and guidance tailored to each client's unique needs.