Product Liability, Safety and Recall
We have acted on many of the leading product liability cases decided in the UK. In addition to addressing coverage and defending claims, we also proactively guide you through safety regulations and compliance before products are placed on the market, as well as how to conduct a recall.
Our team advises insurers, manufacturers and producers from a wide range of industry sectors including consumer goods, medical devices, agrochemicals, food and drink, telecoms, biotechnology, automotive, mining and construction.
Our team extends across the UK and globally, to deliver a seamless instant and co-ordinated response in crisis situations.
We have been involved in the development of group litigation in the UK, working on the management and strategy of complex claims.
The high profile nature of these instructions has resulted in us advising on novel and innovative questions of law and procedure.
The team has extensive expertise advising on all aspects of related insurance policy coverage, including product liability, product guarantee, recall and contamination insurance, whether under standalone covers or global programmes.
We are experts at advising manufacturers throughout a product's life cycle from research and development to marketing and regulatory compliance.
We also advise in relation to consumer protection issues, supply chain, contractual and indemnity issues, relationship management, reputation and brand protection, jurisdictional and cross border issues and document retention.
- Representing excess insurers in relation to class actions in US and worldwide arising out of alleged link between herbicide and Parkinson's disease.
- Representing insurers on liability and recall coverage issues in light of defective windscreen panels being installed by an automobile manufacturer.
- On the morning of the tragic fire DACB were instructed on behalf of Rydon Maintenance Ltd (“RML”) the Design and Build contractor retained by the local authority to undertake the refurbishment of Grenfell Tower. A Public Inquiry into the fire was announced the following day and RML was subsequently designated a core participant in the Inquiry. DACB continues to advise RML throughout the Inquiry as well as in respect of all parallel civil and regulatory proceedings.
- Advising insurers in arbitration proceedings relating to coverage under a Restaurant Contamination policy following a salmonella outbreak at a major US fast food chain, involving chicken produced in China.
- Advising excess insurers in relation to coverage issues arising from the sale and supply of GMO corn in China.
- Advising multinational automotive manufacturers on product regulatory and potential liability issues following fatal accidents and regulatory investigations.
We provide specialist advice for insurance companies on the procurement and use of enterprise technology solutions, to include telematics, data analytics, and AI.Learn more
Aviation and aerospace
With significant global aviation expertise, we offer high-quality, specialist and cost-effective advice on any aviation-related insurance issues you face.Learn more
Civil Liberties, Public Bodies and Specialist Liability
With many years' experience acting for the public and private sectors in these complex, and sensitive areas, we offer expert advice across discrimination and Equality Act claims, abuse and social services claims, unlawful detention, and Deprivation of Liberty claims (DoLS).Learn more
Construction and Engineering Disputes
Our highly experienced global team delivers a consistent, quality claims experience across the full range of construction and engineering risks.Learn more
Contingency and Event Cancellation
As leading lawyers in the insurance sector, we can advise on any issues relating to contingency claims and event cancellation/non-appearance claims.Learn more
We deliver costs expertise for you with deep experience and use of knowledge that underpins our whole business.Learn more
Our Counter Fraud team is the most digitally advanced in the UK with huge strength and scale comprising of 100 lawyers in all UK jurisdictions.Learn more
Cyber and Data Risk
We provide a full-service solution, tackling the full spectrum of cyber and data risks faced, and insured, by our insurance sector clients.Learn more
D&O and Financial Institutions
Our extensive experience from across the globe covers both financial institutions and commercial Director & Officers (D&O) matters.Learn more
Employment Practices Liability
Our market leading employment practice includes a specialist Employment Practices Liability (EPL) team who support UK and global insurersLearn more
As a firm with insurance at the heart of its business, we understand the regulatory challenges faced by insurers, brokers and distributors.Learn more
Insurance Data, Privacy and Cyber
The combined skills of our Insurance Advisory and Data, Privacy & Cyber practices means that we are uniquely placed to advise on both legal and practical challenges.Learn more
Our market leading team acts for primary and excess insurers and reinsurers in London, Europe, Bermuda and the US.Learn more
Our market-leading Casualty team acts for composite insurers, London market and run off insurers, providing deep and broad expertise across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.Learn more
International Personal Injury
As a full-service law firm with global reach, we are market leaders in all aspects of international personal injury.Learn more
Our specialist Legal Indemnities team advises on claims against all types of legal indemnity policies. We also provide a claims-handling service.Learn more
Our life sciences team advises many of the UK’s leading pharmaceutical companies, medical device, software, and AI manufacturers, as well as consumer healthcare suppliers and their insurers.Learn more
Marine, Energy and Transport
Our marine, energy and transport insurance practice has global expertise to advise you with practical and commercially focused advice.Learn more
Our specialist insurance lawyers make up one of the largest national motor teams in the UK.Learn more
As a market leading specialist with a truly international platform, we advise the insurance sector on all product governance and policy wordings to help manage your risk.Learn more
Political Risk, Trade Credit and Political Violence
We advise on the physical and financial impact of political risk, from war and terrorism to nationalisation, confiscation, expropriation and deprivation.Learn more
Product liability, safety and recall
Our experts advise on all aspects of product liability, safety and recall and can help you manage the full range of risks involved.Learn more
Our leading professional liability team maintains an unparalleled reputation for protecting the interests of professional services firms.Learn more
We act for market leaders across sectors as diverse as commercial, residential, real estate, local authority, retail, hospitality, manufacturing, construction, energy and waste management. Our team is experienced in policy coverage disputes, subrogated recoveries, defence of property damage claims and reinsurance disputes.Learn more
With a unique position in the reinsurance market, as long-term trusted advisers for the insurance sector, we deliver innovative solutions with a commercial perspective.Learn more
Our strategic advisory team uniquely offers market insight on reforms together with commercial and regulatory advice in the claims space.Learn more
What our clients say
The practice has a strong reputation and a large international footprint, especially in Western / Central Europe, South America and Central Asia. Strong influence from the London office and hence a good grasp on world-wide offices.
Legal 500, Product Liability: Defendant, 2023 UK Edition
They handle high-profile complex cases very well and pay attention to future costs and commercial risks.
Chambers & Partners 2023, Product Liability, UK wide
Product liability, safety and recall key contacts
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+44 (0)20 7894 6871
+44 20 7894 6316
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José María Álvarez-Cienfuegos
José María Álvarez-Cienfuegos
+34 91 781 6300
Vladimir Rostan d’Ancezune
Vladimir Rostan d’Ancezune
+ 33 1 56 43 45 30
+39 02 124 124698
Nelson Wang (Yue Wang)
Head of China Desk
Nelson Wang (Yue Wang)
Head of China Desk
+44 (0)20 7894 6013
+44 (0)20 7894 6588
+44 (0)20 7894 6596
Who we are
Why choose DAC Beachcroft?
We’re a broad-based commercial firm serving a wide range of sectors with a strong heritage in insurance,
health and real estate. We combine excellent legal skills and cutting-edge delivery expertise to design
solutions that fit the needs of our clients – often involving clever uses of technology.
DAC Beachcroft is recognised as a pre-eminent advisor to the insurance market, and we place a strong emphasis on the long-term relationships we build with you so that we can really add value to your business.Learn more
Health and Social Care
DAC Beachcroft is regarded as market leaders in the provision of corporate, commercial and regulatory legal advice to healthcare providers.Learn more
With 170 lawyers we are one of the largest Real Estate legal teams in the UK. Our extensive network gives us national, regional and local knowledge and access.Learn more
We regularly advise product designers and manufacturers, trade bodies, and retailers, distributors and venture capitalists looking to invest in the financial services sector.Learn more
As long-standing and trusted advisers in the technology sector, we deliver pragmatic and innovative solutions that empower you to make informed decisions about how best to maximise your success.Learn more