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Product Liability, Pharmaceutical and Mass Tort

Special Interest Group

The group is made up of members from Europe, Australia and the United States whose practise focusses on the key areas. There is exchanging of information on topics which often cross territorial boundaries; the metal on metal hips, VW emissions and Boeing aircraft issues are three good examples.

Whilst the law and court procedures may vary significantly from country to country, the product alerts, and information and knowledge gained in different countries is an often-invaluable resource for mutual cooperation.

The SIG has held three conferences with another in  planning for May 2022. The subjects covered have included how the Product Liability Directive has been applied across the EU; how class actions work in the EU, UK and US; PIP breast implants and hot topics in product liability and mass torts. The SIG would like to encourage both attendance at the next conference, and subjects and volunteers for presentation.

Mark Harvey chairs the Pharmaceutical, Product Liability and Mass Tort SIG. In this capacity, he represents PEOPIL on the European Commission Expert Working Group on the Product Liability Directive.

Mark is the partner in charge of the Specialist Claims group at Hugh James in Cardiff as well as London, where he is the Lead Partner.

He has obtained compensation for many individual victims of common but defective consumer products, as well as those of accidents overseas and arising out of travel, sport and leisure generally. He has been involved in claims in Britain, Europe, Africa, Australia and the United States arising out of medicines, medical devices and transport.

He has also recovered substantial damages in various currencies from companies in many countries for British and foreign workers killed and injured in employment-related accidents. He currently represents several foreign nationals in UK-based employer and product liability claims and has been successful in recovering compensation for the victims of several aeroplane and helicopter crashes, where he continues to bring his product liability expertise to bear.

Mark now also leads a team focussing on data breaches and misuse of private information, securing various remedies for victims against government departments and many private national and multi-national corporations.

This SIG is a focal point for product liability and collective redress actions across Europe and the rest of the World.

If you would like to be a part of this group, if you are keen to develop the group further or require further information please contact for more information.