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Jill Paterson


Jill Paterson is a renowned market leader in representing people who have been harmed

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Jill is a personal injury partner with a leading consumer law practice, specialising in product liability cases for individuals and groups. She has successfully concluded cases involving medical devices, pharmaceuticals, bicycles, household products and appliances. She represents those affected by fires and explosions, including survivors of burns.

She is ranked as a ‘band 1’ claimant product liability lawyer in Chambers and Partners UK, and is named as a ‘leading individual’ in The Legal 500. 

Jill has acted for families in a number of high-profile inquests, which have resulted in proposals for changes to the law. She is a contributing author to “Coroners’ Investigations and Inquests” published by LexisNexis.

Jill acted as lead solicitor and settled the Corin metal-on-metal group action, a prominent prosthetic hip failure group action. She is interested in emerging areas of product-related / assisted medicine, including robotic surgery and artificial intelligence.

Jill Paterson is highly accomplished and highly experienced partner. She has led some of the most complex and challenging product liability litigation in recent times-including claims against the manufacturers of metal-on-metal implants.

Legal 500 2021

What people say

"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 is widely regarded as one of the UK’s best claimant product liability lawyers. She has over two decades of experience, including in the most significant cases.

  • Inquests: Jill has acted for families in a number of high-profile inquests, including the family of Santosh Benjamin, who died in a house fire caused by a faulty Beko fridge freezer. Coroner Andrew Walker made a number of recommendations in order to improve the recall system and the safety of household appliances. She also represented the family of Shante Turay-Thomas, who died of anaphylaxis after her mother called NHS 111 and waited for almost an hour before an ambulance arrived. Jill currently acts for the parents of 2-year-old Sadie Salt who died following an incident at her nursery. She is representing the family of James Atkinson who died of suspected anaphylaxis after ordering food via the Deliveroo app.
  • Food safety: Jill represented the family of Natasha Ednan-Laperouse, a 15-year-old girl who died of anaphylaxis as a result of ingesting hidden sesame in a Pret-a-Manger baguette. She went on to help the family achieve “Natasha’s Law”.
  • Consumer goods: Jill has represented individuals and families against well-known manufacturers such as Beko, Bosch and Whirlpool in claims arising out of fires or carbon monoxide poisoning linked to consumer goods. She has a particular interest in assisting survivors of burns, having witnessed the psychological and physical effects these incidents can have.
  • Medical products: Jill acted as the lead solicitor and achieved successful negotiation of settlement in one of the prominent metal on metal prosthetic hip failure group actions. She has also successfully represented a number of patients who were implanted with allegedly defective heart defibrillator leads, knee and ankle components. She recently settled a claim against the Danish manufacturer of a surgical device which malfunctioned and led to intra-operative nerve damage.
  • Bicycles: Jill represents cyclists who have been injured as a result of defects with their bikes or equipment. She has experience of claims arising out of defective forks, brakes and cycle racks, as well as cases where services have not been carried out to standard.
  • Insurance: Jill represented a group of companies who suffered property damage and business interruption following the Buncefield explosion at Hemel Hempstead. She also acted for people affected by a fire at a large self-store unit in Tottenham.
  • Pharmaceuticals: Acted in the Oral Contraceptive Pill litigation, the Dopamine Agonist litigation, and claims arising out of the withdrawal from the UK market of the arthritis drug, Vioxx.
  • International: Jill 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.

Jill cares deeply about product safety, patient and consumer rights. She continues to call for an overhaul of the product safety regime in the UK, and works with MPs, consumer groups and other interested parties.


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

Jill is the founding Chair of Leigh Day’s Women’s Committee and a member of Women in the Law UK.

She couples a high degree of skill with great emotional intelligence, and is rightly trusted by her clients. She has a steely resolve and is a formidable opponent. And she fights very hard to secure compensation for her clients.

Legal 500 2021


Jill Paterson in the news

Jill has been quoted in national and local newspapers, and has been interviewed and appeared on national radio and television, including on Channel 4 News, BBC Radio 4’s You and Yours, Victoria Derbyshire, BBC News and ITV's This Morning 11.2.16 (at 5:28), when she contributed to the debate on the dangers of tumble dryers.

Robotic surgery from the litigator's perspective J.P.I. Law 2021, 4, 218-224

Saving lives is not enough 23.6.21

Surviving burns: rehabilitation, support and leading a limitless life 7.6.21 


Rise of the robots PI Focus May 2019

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

News and blogs

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Pre-inquest review hearing into the death of James Atkinson

A pre-inquest review hearing regarding the death of 23-year-old James Atkinson will be held on Tuesday 10 May 2022 from 1.30pm at Newcastle Upon Tyne Coroner’s Court, Civic Centre, Barras Bridge NE1 8QH. The hearing is in-person only and is listed for one hour.

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Fiido X folding e-bike recalled after reports of frames breaking in half

Electric bike manufacturer Fiido has issued a recall of its magnesium ‘X e-bike’ due to a flaw in the folding mechanism, creating the risk of the bike frames snapping.

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Toy recalls over risk of choking, injury and burns raise legal concerns

Product safety legal claims specialists have raised concerns about safety standards in toys and other products aimed at children in light of a number of recent product recalls.

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Pre inquest review into the death of two-year-old Sadie Salt

Leigh Day Partners Thomas Jervis and Jill Paterson are representing the bereaved Family of two-year-old Sadie Salt who died on Saturday 14 November 2020.