Medical and life sciences
We're renowned for finding pragmatic solutions to problems in the medical and life sciences sectors.We work with private healthcare providers of all types. They include hospitals, clinics, care homes, diagnostic services and out-of-hours organisations. Individual practitioners such as doctors, dentists, nurses and therapists also choose us when they need expert legal help.
Our claims expertise covers everything from minor claims to catastrophic and fatal injuries.
We advise on clinical governance issues, such as adverse outcomes and serious incidents, and devise strategies to maintain and improve patient standards.
We understand risk and can resolve disputes throughout the lifecycle of life science products. This means we can help you deal with issues relating to research and development, compliance and liability claims against established products.
In the medical malpractice and life sciences sectors, we're experienced in multi-party and group litigation. We also advise on CE marking, data protection, confidentiality, consent and disclosure of records.
Where we need to work alongside lawyers in other jurisdictions, we are part of the TerraLex network and have access to over 150 law firms in 100 jurisdictions across the globe.
Examples of relevant work
Young v Anglo American South Africa 2014. Significant Court of Appeal victory on jurisdiction, specifically the interpretation of Article 60 of the Brussels 1 regulation, with far-reaching consequences for all commercial litigation.
PIP breast implants litigation. Defending the UK supplier and its insurers in the ongoing group litigation in which hundreds of women claim that the implants were prone to rupture and therefore of unsatisfactory quality.
Metal-on-metal hip replacement litigation. Defending a manufacturer in 250+ claims, where patients are alleging that the products were defective and failed earlier than other comparable alternatives.
Ian Paterson litigation. Acting for a private hospital group in defence of hundreds of claims by individuals who allege negligent treatment by breast and general surgeon, Ian Paterson, over a 15-year period.
Contaminated baby feed cases. Instructed by insurers for the manufacturer.
meet our team
RPC’s ‘experienced’ team is ‘particularly strong when it comes to medical devices’.Legal 500 UK 2016