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I am a Partner and the Team Leader of our Product Liability team. Based in Sheffield, and with colleagues in our London office, my team covers the whole of the UK as well as dealing with international claims.
I focus on claims arising from defective medical devices and group actions. Much of my work arises from metal-on-metal hip implants, including DePuy ASR, DePuy Pinnacle, Zimmer Durom and Corin Cormet implants. I also deal with group actions arising from clinical negligence claims, which at present includes claims arising from treatment provided by orthopaedic surgeon Mr Manjit Bhamra.
I helped to set up the team in 2013. Product liability has been an area of specialism for the firm for many years, but this was the first time a dedicated team had been created.
I joined Irwin Mitchell in 2007 as part of the Medical Law and Patients’ Rights team, where I specialised in representing people who had been injured by clinical negligence. I have specialised in medical law since qualification in 1998, and one of the highlights of my career was helping to represent the families of Harold Shipman's victims at the Shipman Inquiry.
I have always had an interest in human rights and medical ethics, and I completed a Masters Degree in Health Care, Ethics & Law at the University of Manchester in 2006.
Tim is an "unflappable" practitioner who is "able to see the wood for the trees in this complex field and willing to push novel points." "He is a good negotiator who is taken seriously by opponents." – Chambers & Partners, 2017
"Demonstrates consistently excellent judgement" and is "extremely sensible and considered" – Legal 500 2016
Described by market sources as "very sensible, good on medicine, good with clients and leading a very enthusiastic team. He is very committed to his cases and seems very sharp." –Chambers & Partners 2016
One client reports: "He was my rock from the very beginning and extraordinarily supportive throughout this whole process." –Chambers & Partners 2014
"Extremely sensible and considered." - Legal 500 2013
I decided early on that I was either going to be a lawyer or a doctor, on the basis that both were difficult careers to get into, so I thought they were the best jobs! I chose law as I wanted to have clients I could try to help with their problems.
The law is still evolving in the field of product liability, which makes it interesting and challenging. There is also the opportunity to help shape the development of a growing area of our practice, and helping to make people aware of their rights as consumers.
We have the resources to manage even the largest cases, but we remain focused on our clients and their individual needs. My team is relatively small but punches well above its weight, and is already established as one of the leading product liability teams in the country.
I spend as much time with my family as possible as I have two young children who are growing up fast!
“The incident in March 2015 was one of a series of operations carried out by Dr Haruna over a two year period which were so poorly conducted that colleagues described them as 'Never Events'.
To outline the seriousness of this, ‘Never Events’ are defined by the NHS as ‘serious incidents that are entirely preventable as guidance, or safety recommendations providing strong systemic protective barriers, are available at a national level, and should have been implemented by all healthcare providers’.
“It is apparent that following the circumstances surrounding one of the cases considered by the GMC, the Trust began an investigation and prepared a Serious Untoward Incident Report. This recommended that Dr Haruna be suspended from undertaking non-elective procedures, allowed to continue some elective procedures and that his capability be assessed.
“It is unfortunate that during this assessment period a further patient was injured, and it is hoped no other patients have been adversely affected as a result of errors made by Dr Haruna.
However promptly Dr Haruna’s employers might have reported their concerns to the GMC, it is of concern that it appears to have taken over two years for a decision to be made about his fitness to practice.”
“The news that car recalls have risen to a record high is worrying, especially as so many were only triggered after injuries were reported. Cars are important for many people, but road safety is vital for everyone. Ensuring cars are safe to use before they allowed onto the roads should be of paramount importance.
“Decisions to recall products, particularly cars, are not taken lightly and anyone who owns a recalled should return it as soon as possible. This data raises questions about whether manufacturers should be more proactive, especially given the recent criticism of Vauxhall by the Transport Select Committee.
“We’ve seen first-hand the devastating injuries that can be caused by defective products and it can be life-changing for families. This is an important issue that cannot be overlooked.”
“Whenever we buy a vehicle, we are putting our trust in the manufacturer – we expect them to have carried out the necessary tests and made sure the vehicle is safe to drive. When problems do occur, manufacturers should ensure customers are informed quickly and appropriate steps are taken to ensure their safety.
“The Vauxhall Zafira recall highlights the need for more effective product recalls. Consumer safety is paramount and the comments of the Transport Select Committee indicate that Vauxhall should have done more.”
The recall shows that HP is reacting responsibly to the concerns over the overheating and fire risk these batteries pose.
Manufacturers have a duty to their customers to ensure the products they release to the market are fit for purpose and safe for their intended use.
Lessons must be learned from the problems discovered with these products and it is crucial that HP can reassure consumers that they are doing everything in their power to ensure the safety standards of their products.
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