Simon leads DAC Beachcroft's Product Liability & Recall service line, and is one of the UK's leading product liability lawyers. He has over 30 years experience in litigation in a wide range of fields.
Simon acts for defendants in group actions in the product liability and healthcare fields, both in England and abroad. He led the defending team in the Whooping Cough vaccine test case and acted for the NHS in the HIV Haemophilia litigation, and in the Hepatitis C litigation and for GlaxoSmithKline in the MMR vaccine litigation. Simon has also substantial experience in advising reinsurers, insurers, captive insurers and insureds on product liability and wider policy issues.
In addition, Simon has written numerous articles and speaks frequently at product liability conferences. He is the author of the chapter on product liability insurance in the leading text book on the subject, published by Lloyd's of London Press. He is a member of the Law Society Multiparty Action Reference Group and DRI, Medico-Legal Society and IBA. He sits as a part-time Tribunal Judge of the First-tier Tribunal, Health, Education and Social Care Chamber – Special Education Needs and Disability and Social Entitlement Chamber.
"Simon Pearl elicits "profound respect" from sources for his expertise in defending life sciences entities in product liability actions. He is described as "intellectual," a "very good lawyer" and a "very pragmatic adviser to clients"." Chambers and Partners UK 2015 Edition, Life Sciences, UK Wide
"He is noted for his high levels of experience and skill, with interviewees saying: "Simon is a very effective and efficient partner who knows how to run a group action like the back of his hand"." Chambers and Partners UK 2014 Edition, Product liability, UK Wide
"Simon Pearl is a "sophisticated player" in the product liability sector, with one source calling him "the mastermind" of the practice." Chambers and Partners UK 2014 Edition, Life Sciences: Product liability