The Members of Chambers and staff of 7KBW will be working remotely from 6th January 2021.  Chambers’ switchboard (+44 (0)207 910 8300) will be open as usual between 08:00 and 19:00 on Monday to Friday and a duty clerk will be available on +44 (0)7831 394 225 outside of these hours.

Should you have a query about current or new instructions, or would like to arrange delivery of papers, the clerks (collectively) can be contacted by email on, through the switchboard or on their direct line numbers below:

Bernie Hyatt

+44 207 910 8312

Greg Leyden

+44 207 910 8314

Eddie Johns

+44 207 910 8311

Gary Rose

+44 207 910 8313

Joe Clayton

+44 207 910 8378

Sean Hulbert  (Arbitrators’ clerk)

+44 207 910 8379

For more information please call our Clerks on

+44 (0)20 7910 8300

Product liability

Chambers has “members who are routinely sought out to defend and pursue complex and high-value claims”, including from the life sciences sector (Chambers UK 2020, Insurance).

Members of chambers have extensive experience of advisory work and dispute resolution across this important practice area. Our commercially-focused practice spans contract law and civil wrongs, and includes managing the consequences of ancillary regulatory and criminal proceedings, and any associated breaches of consumer law.

Our members have acted in significant group actions.  They have advised on disputes involving the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries, as well as disputes concerning the construction, energy, shipping and manufacturing industries.  Members are also regularly involved in liability insurance and reinsurance disputes, including medical negligence and product liability claims. They have advised, and acted in, cases concerning breast cancer, mesothelioma, hormone replacement therapy, contraception, anti–psychotic drugs, hip replacements, pesticides, chemical contamination, opioids, aeroplane engine blades and many other products.

They are also expert in heavyweight commercial claims between insurers in this area, including dealing with the construction of “Bermuda Form” policies in product liability matters affecting the US market. Members give advice to both policyholders and insurers on insurance compliance issues, as well as defensive precautionary improvements, by request, to help ensure proper continuing risk management.

Much of our work in the area is covered by arbitration, and remains confidential; however, signature cases include AstraZeneca insurance v XL Bermuda, the Balmoral Group litigation, and Kingspan v Borealis.