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Jill Paterson is held in high regard for her leading product liability practice, which includes deep expertise in acting for the claimant in significant medical device group actions and claims concerning defective goods. She receives plaudits from her clients for being "very knowledgeable and commercially aware" and "empowering and supportive for the client at all times." – Chambers and partners 2019
Jill is a "good tactician" who is "incredibly knowledgeable, with good judgement and a good fighting spirit." – Chambers and partners 2017

Jill specialises in product liability cases, international claims and multi-party actions.

She has been closely involved with a number of the firm's high profile international group claims, including claims in Kenya, the Ivory Coast and Swaziland.

Previous notable litigation experience includes the Oral Contraceptive Pill litigation, the Dopamine Agonist litigation, the DePuy Hylamer hip litigation, and claims arising out of the withdrawal from the UK market of the arthritis drug, Vioxx. She recently secured compensation for a Parkinson’s Disease sufferer who developed compulsive gambling following their use of the medication, ReQuip.

Jill has developed a specialist practice in product liability, having acted in a wide variety of both individual and multi-party product liability claims. She has successfully resolved cases involving allegedly defective pharmaceuticals, medical devices and electrical products.

She is regularly instructed in relation to house fires allegedly caused by faulty consumer goods, having previously advised or represented individuals regarding dishwashers, Beko fridge freezers, gas cookers, laptops and electric blankets. She also represents clients at inquests and in litigation following carbon monoxide poisoning cases linked to withdrawn electric goods.

Jill currently represents patients who have received various types of failed knee and hip components, heart defibrillator leads, and who were involved in clinical trials.

She leads a team of metal on metal hip claim lawyers on cases relating to the Biomet M2a-38 and Biomet M2a-Magnum, and Wright Conserve devices. She also represents people who have been implanted with some models of Medtronic Sprint Fidelis and St Jude Medical Riata heart defibrillator leads.

Jill is currently representing a group of women who have suffered debilitating injuries following the insertion of transvaginal mesh and tape, also known as TVT or surgical tape. 

Jill represented the family of Natasha Ednan-Laperouse at the inquest into her death after eating a Pret a Manger sandwich on a BA flight from London to Nice in July 2016.

Jill also represented a group of companies who suffered business interruption and other losses following the Buncefield explosion at Hemel Hempstead in December 2005.

Jill is an accredited member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and a member of the Pan European Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (PEOPIL). She is also Co-ordinator of APIL’s Multi-Party Special Interest Group.

What clients say about Jill

"I want to thank you for your great concern to get things right, your frankness, intense research, updates, friendliness and above all, professionalism." - Robyn Northwood.

"I am writing to send you my profound and heartfelt thanks for all your hard work over the last few years. You have been incredibly tenacious and patient throughout this long process." - Ms Y O

"Absolutely 100% satisfaction, many thanks to all the team and credit to Leigh Day." - Mrs G R

"Always a professional, friendly service, and a good rapport with Jill and the team." - Mrs A C

"I can only thank everyone concerned with my case for making a complicated affair (for me) very simple. I never had any concerns." - Mrs T H

Jill Paterson in the news

Jill has been quoted in national and local newspapers, and has been interviewed on Channel 4 News and on BBC Radio 4’s You and Yours.

Jill contributed to the debate on the dangers of tumble dryers on ITV's This Morning 11.2.16 (at 5:28)

Litigation funders: Consumer Rights Act class actions could have “far-reaching consequences” Litigation Futures 1.10.15

Beko widow calls for tough punishment on safety breaches Evening Standard 30.9.14


  • Chambers guide to the legal profession
  • Legal 500 2017 Leading individual

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