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Kevin Timms

Solicitor

Biography

I joined Irwin Mitchell's London office in 2014 as a solicitor specialising in product liability claims. I act for individuals injured by defective products, whether a medical device, drug or any other product.

I am one of five leading solicitors on the Claimants’ Solicitors Steering Committee for the PIP breast implant group litigation, which represents the interests of thousands of women who have been harmed by defective silicone breast implants filled with industrial grade silicone, resulting in premature rupture and silicone leak.

I've been involved with cases that have required the development of innovative legal arguments to help those who have suffered injury from defective products and would otherwise be unable to claim. These cases have included “mix match” off-label metal-on-metal hip implants and other claims, using a number of combined legal arguments such as product liability, consumer remedies and clinical negligence.

I act for individuals who have been injured by defective DePuy ASR and Biomet metal-on-metal total hip replacements and resurfacing implants. I have previously acted for individuals who suffered injury from the following metal-on-metal hip implants: Finsbury Adept, Finsbury Mitch, Zimmer Durom, and Birmingham Hip Resurfacing.

I also act in non metal-on-metal hip claims and am instructed in respect of contact lenses which have caused serious injury.

As part of my work, I have been widely reported in the media highlighting the rights of those injured by defective products on TV, national and international papers and national radio.

I have been fortunate in recent legal awards, having been: Winner of the Junior Lawyer of the Year category at the Law Society Excellence Awards 2013 and Highly Commended in 2012; Winner of the Rising Star of the Year category at the Claims Innovation Awards 2013; Winner of the Young Achiever of the Year category in the Personal Injury Awards 2012 and shortlisted in the same category in 2013.

Testimonials

"An up-and-coming solicitor who is able to skilfully handle extremely complex work with aplomb," "incredibly driven and knowledgeable." - Chambers & Partners, 2017

Kevin is noted "for his very impressive knowledge of the relevant law and ability to understand what the client needs" - ​Legal 500 2016

According to market commentators "He is very eager and enthusiastic, knows his stuff and is very good at attracting this work." - Chambers & Partners 2016

"Completely undaunted by large-scale group actions" - Legal 500 2013

What Inspired You To Get Into Law?

I became interested in the law as it is a profession that enables you to effect change and help individuals who have been forced into unfortunate circumstances through no fault of their own.

What Is The Most Rewarding Aspect Of Your Role?

Product liability is a developing area of law. Much of the work we do is novel and each product we deal with and each client we help brings a new experience, which means the work is always varied and interesting.

What Do You Like About Working At Irwin Mitchell?

Irwin Mitchell is at the forefront of product liability development and has the resources and experience to effect change in both the law and the lives of the clients we act for. We work as a team to ensure progress can consistently be made whilst maintaining the highest standards of client care.

What Do You Do Away From The Office?

Relaxing, socialising and going on the odd holiday.


Read My Comments On The Latest News

  • 30/01/2017
    Warning To Athletes Over Potentially Dangerous Supplement

    “Weightlifting can be a great sport to increase strength and improve a person’s health as well as physique. Such strain on the body requires athletes to take supplements such as protein and amino acids to aid recovery; however it’s important to check that the supplements you buy are safe. “Unlicensed products can have significantly dangerous side effects – they aren’t licensed for a reason. Chemicals that you put into your body must be taken seriously and as cases show, some products can lead to serious consequences. “We urge athletes to check the ingredients of the supplements that they are taking and if you’re thinking about taking supplements for the first time, always research the ingredients and allowance before usage, as well as buying from a reputable retailer. It is also worth seeking advice from health professionals.”

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  • 22/09/2016
    Specialist Military Lawyer Says MoD Lariam Stats Are Misleading

    “It’s encouraging that the MoD is finally making changes to its policies relating to Lariam and the latest guidance does appear to be treating the drug as a last resort. But troops who have already suffered mental health issues relating to Lariam need more support and in reality it is unknown how many people may have been affected because the logs of who was prescribed Lariam are inaccurate and many armed forces personnel may have been discharged before they realised they had mental health problems. “These figures only represent a small section of the true scale of the problem and are misleading as they seem to play down the problems that are life-changing for those involved. Further, these statistics only run from 2007, failing to publicise how many people have been affected since 1997 when it was compulsory for risk assessments to be carried out when prescribing Lariam. “The figures published appear to do little other than highlight the poor record keeping by the MOD for the supply of anti-malaria drugs over a period spanning two decades. This can be clearly seen from the fact that 12,900 service personnel have been supplied with an anti-malaria drug where the name of the drug is unknown. Whilst the MOD are taking steps to correct their record keeping deficiencies, more needs to be done to support those who have already suffered harm. “The MoD’s official figures are very conservative as we know from experience that medical records for armed forces personnel do not always contain details of Lariam prescriptions. In some circumstances it would appear that unit deployments may have had an order for the whole unit to be supplied with Lariam but there may not be reference to Lariam supply in individual medical records. We are concerned that this may result in the wrong diagnosis for those soldiers affected. We are also concerned that the MOD has accepted that not all service personnel have a record that Lariam has been supplied to them. “Nothing can now turn back the clock – but the MoD does have the chance to make changes to ensure no one else suffers, and to ensure those that have already been affected get the help and support they need as soon as possible. For many, the mental health issues suffered have had a significant effect on their lives so prompt action is required. “We are seeking to engage with the MoD to work collaboratively with them to resolve cases on behalf of former armed forces personnel affected by issues related to Lariam and await their response.”

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  • 13/09/2016
    MoD Publishes Response To Defence Committee Lariam Inquiry

    “While it is encouraging that the MoD is finally making changes to its policies relating to Lariam and anti-malaria drugs, it is extremely disappointing that this response falls short of what is needed following the Defence Committee investigation. “This official response offers no apology of acknowledgement of the MODs prior failings in prescribing Lariam and we are concerned about whether or not the MoD is taking into account the differences between civilian and military situations. In our view they continue to place too strong a reliance on guidance designed for civilians taking Lariam rather than military personnel. Being in the armed forces is unique and soldiers are put into situations that can cause extreme emotions and stress. “We welcome that fact that the MoD is revising its anti-malaria policy and changing the checks it carries out before prescribing Lariam but the fact is that this is too little too late for the thousands of people who have already suffered adverse side-effects due to Lariam. “The new helpline refers veterans to their GP but there are concerns that the advice provided to GPs by the MOD may be inadequate. We know from experience that medical records for armed forces personnel do not always contain details of Lariam prescriptions which could cause problems and potentially lead to misdiagnosis of Lariam related symptoms. “Nothing can now turn back the clock – but the MoD does have the chance to make changes to ensure no one else suffers, and to ensure those that have already been affected get the help and support they need as soon as possible. For many, the mental health issues suffered have had a significant effect on their lives so prompt action is required. “We are seeking to engage with the MoD to work collaboratively with them to resolve cases on behalf of former armed forces personnel affected by issues related to Lariam and await their response.”

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  • 31/08/2016
    Ex-Army Chief Apologises To Troops Over Use Of Lariam

    “Hearing Lord Dannatt, an ex-army chief, speaking so forcefully about Lariam is a powerful reminder of the serious side effects caused by the anti-malaria drug. “After seeing the impact it had on his son, Lord Dannatt made a decision to “take anything, but not Lariam” and sadly this speaks volumes. Unfortunately this wasn’t the case for many clients we’re now supporting who didn’t have that option and are now being affected by mental health problems since being supplied with the drug. “The serious side effects of the use of Lariam have been well known to the MoD for a number of years and it is concerning that the drug was still the first-choice anti-malaria drug for our troops until very recently. Discussions surrounding its use were seemingly put on the “backburner”. “Earlier this year we welcomed the recommendation that Lariam should be banned for military use apart from in exceptional circumstances but this still came too late for the many veterans who have already suffered from taking the powerful drug. “The focus now has to be on supporting these servicemen and women and their families so they’re properly diagnosed and treated as a matter of urgency. “Again, we call upon the MoD to work collaboratively with us in resolving the cases it faces and in showing that it is prepared to stand by and support current and former service personnel who have suffered as a result of Lariam.”

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