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Peter Rudd-Clarke
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Peter Rudd-Clarke specialises in defending manufacturers of complex products against liability claims, including those in the Life Sciences sector

Peter also advises on the regulatory regime governing medical devices and pharmaceuticals and advises insurers on coverage matters (often with an overseas element). He has worked as a claims adjuster on secondment to a major international insurer's Global Casualty claims team, as well as in a general counsel role at a Lloyd's syndicate.

Peter writes on product liability matters for industry journals and has been quoted in the Times and the insurance press discussing the risks faced by manufacturers of medical products.  

Directory quotes

Peter Rudd-Clarke is a key figure with practice head Gavin Reese, who is defending a Chinese manufacturer in a property damage claim relating to a fire that was allegedly caused by a bottle cooler supplied by the client - Legal 500 UK

Relevant work

Medical products: defending manufacturers of products against allegations that their products  were defective under the product liability regime (including the "metal-on-metal" group litigation)

Non-medical products: advising on product recalls and defending personal injury claims involving industrial and commercial products such as industrial chemicals and lawn mowers  

Inquests: acting for manufacturers, including representing the supplier of monitoring equipment before the coroner

Regulatory: advising software producers, life-style device manufacturers and life sciences companies on their regulatory obligations under the EU regime and industry standards

Insurance: advising insurers on coverage and policy wordings, including relating to industrial facilities, products and healthcare institutions

Recent articles include:

  • Painful lessons to be learned from the US opioid crisis, Insurance Day, May 2018 
  • Medical device advances, The Times, October 2017 (quoted in)
  • Lost without trace, Terralex, July 2016
  • A product of Our Times, Insider Quarterly, December 2015
  • Doctor Algorithm will see you now, Liability, Risk and Insurance, March 2015
  • Is wearable technology being hacked off? Insurance People, March 2015
  • The dangers of 'smart' technology that lacks common sense, Reactions Magazine, February 2015
  • Ebola threatens outbreak of litigation, Insurance Day, October 2014
  • Scott's Parabola: how to stop your medical product from becoming the next victim, Liability Risk and Insurance, September 2014
  • Handle With Care, Risk Management Professional, September 2014