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Gene Matthews has ‘tactical nous' – Legal 500 2014
I am so happy that Leigh Day agreed to take on my case.  I would not have been able to endure the difficult process without the ongoing help and support provided by Gene Matthews. – Client Jannette Vincent

Gene joined the firm in 2001 and qualified in 2003.  He was appointed a partner in 2010. He specialises in product liability cases, international claims and multi-party actions.  Gene has a particular expertise in clinical trials and product safety. 

He represented over 200 British military veterans exposed to chemical warfare agents, allegedly without their informed consent, at the Porton Down military laboratories from the 1940s -1980s.  In 2009, he successfully resolved the claims of four of the clinical volunteers who suffered life threatening injuries as participants in the infamous TGN1412 drug trial at Northwick Park Hospital.  He is regularly instructed by volunteers & patients who have become injured having participated in clinical drug trials.   

Gene is currently instructed by a large group of NHS patients who received blood transfusions contaminated with the Hepatitis C virus in a group action against the Secretary of State for Health.     

He has extensive experience of the Metal-on-Metal hip litigation, having helped to lead the Corin and Pinnacle group claims.   Gene is also the lead solicitor in the Zimmer Durom hip replacement components.  Gene has also resolved a number of cases involving allegedly defective heart valves, pacemakers, connecting leads and deep brain stimulators.

Gene has previously jointly led a team of lawyers representing over 600 Iraqi citizens who allege they were subjected to unlawful detention and treatment by British Forces in Iraq in the period 2003-2009. 

He has worked on a number of the firm’s high-profile international group claims, including claims for Peruvian citizens who suffered significant harm during a public protest regarding the impact of the mine on their local community, claims   brought on behalf of Colombia farmers against BP and Kenyan pastoralists against the MoD for injuries and deaths caused by bombs left on Kenyan land by the British army.  He has also worked on a claim for South African gold miners who developed silicosis after being exposed to silica dust.

Publications

Post Brexit crystal ball gazing: What the future holds for Phase I Clinical Trials in the UK Clinical Risk 6.4.17

Lawyers repeat call for a public inquiry (sheep dip controversy) Farmers Mart Magazine August/September 2016

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Accreditations

  • Legal 500 2017 Recommended lawyer

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