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Michelle Victor

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Michelle is a leading consumer rights lawyer and head of the food safety team in London

Food safety Inquests Medical devices Personal injury Product safety

Michelle is a partner with an enviable practice specialising in complex multi-party product liability claims against multinational companies. She is a leading product liability and consumer rights lawyer reputed for handling substantial group claims and individual claims involving defective medical devices and consumer products.

Michelle is also the head of the food safety team in London and is one of the UK’s most eminent food safety lawyers having acted for families in a number of high profile fatal and catastrophic injury food poisoning and food allergy cases .

Michelle Victor is adept at handling substantial group claims involving defective medical devices and consumer products. She offers considerable expertise in matters relating to food safety, including advising on inquests and legislative change.

Chambers and partners 2021

What people say

In 2017 Michelle earnt glowing reviews in Chambers and Partners and described as

“Hyperefficient" and "incredibly hard-working and in Legal 500 as having ‘excellent commercial instincts', and that she ‘leaves no stone unturned in pursuing the client’s interests’.

Michelle’s client, Charlotte Bird describes Michelle and her team as

“Supportive, sympathetic and assiduous in their pursuit of my claim. They have been marvellous. Your service has been exemplary”.

“I can’t thank you enough for all your kindness and patience with me over the last few years. …. You are a complete star - and I’ve met a few: you are up there with the greatest.”

Legal expertise

Michelle is renowned as one of the best claimant consumer rights lawyers, assiduous in her pursuit of justice and an advocate for promoting consumer safety. She fights relentlessly for her clients and leaves no stone unturned even in the face of adversity. She is known for being compassionate, sympathetic and supportive to families at inquests. She has been applauded for conveying complex legal advice in a digestible and understandable way. She has worked collaboratively with others to seek an overhaul of the product safety regime and has been instrumental in bringing about legislative change in food labelling laws.

  • Medical devices: Michelle manages an expansive team of lawyers that act on behalf of over 600 clients, who had the now recalled, DePuy ASR Metal on Metal hip components implanted, which failed leaving patients having to undergo early revision surgery. This complex multi-party action has been described as “the biggest disaster in orthopaedic history” and left many clients with debilitating life changing injuries. In the legal world, this is considered to be one of the most prominent metal on metal prosthetic hip failure group actions.
  • Food Allergy: Michelle leads the team that act on behalf a number of individuals, who died or had an anaphylactic reaction to food. Michelle 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. Michelle also represented the family of Owen Carey, a 18 year old boy who died of anaphylaxis as a result of consuming a chicken burger at Byron Burger which had been marinated in buttermilk. Michelle currently represents the family of Celia Marsh, a mother of 5, who died of anaphylaxis as a result of consuming a Pret-a-Manger super-veg rainbow flatbread containing yoghurt that was supposed to be dairy-free. Michelle represented the families at the inquest and in any resulting civil claims. Michelle works with many clients, experts, charitable organisations and other interested parties to campaign for greater allergy awareness in the UK and to overhaul food labelling laws to provide greater transparency. Michelle and her team are dedicated to protecting the allergy community.
  • Food poisoning: Michelle and her team pursued legal action against a leading food company on behalf of a family whose children were hospitalised in the ICU following the ingestion of sauce contaminated with botulim. Two of the children were left with debilitating life changing injuries. Michelle and her team secured substantial damages for the family which enabled them to rebuild their lives.She also successfully pursued legal action against tour operators Thomson Holidays, where over 1,000 holiday makers staying at the 4* Bahia Prince Hotel in the Dominion Republic, suffered food poisoning brought on by salmonella, campylobacter, cryptosporidium, shigella and giardia. Michelle also represented over 120 people in what is believed to be one of the UKs largest outbreaks of food poisoning and pursued legal action against A1 Kebabish. Michelle and her team are currently representing a number of group claims against a well-known catering company, leading food manufacturer and hotelier where vasts numbers of individuals suffered food poisoning.
  • Consumer goods: Michelle and her team successfully recovered substantial damages on behalf of a number of individuals against well-known manufacturers of hair dye in claims arising out of a severe reaction to hair dye which contained PPD.

Michelle Victor in the news

Michelle has appeared on radio and TV including BBC News and has been quoted in national and regional press on specific cases or general product and food related issues.

The Reformation of Allergy Law by Michelle Victor and Jennifer Ellis Personal Injury Law Issue 2 2020. PI Focus - November 2019

Memberships

Michelle is the co-ordinator for the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers' product liability Special Interest Group and is an accredited Association of Personal Injury Lawyers' Senior Litigator.

Michelle works harder and longer hours than anyone I know and she fights extremely hard to get the best results for her client and is not put off by intransigent defendants.

Legal 500 2021

Accreditations

Blog Post
Owen
Food safety Owen Carey Food allergies

Another preventable death from allergies

Lawyer for the family of Owen Carey, Michelle Victor, discusses how Owen died a preventable death after eating a restaurant meal

News Article
Natasha Ednan-Laperouse

Natasha's Law to protect allergy sufferers confirmed by the government

New regulations which aim to protect allergy sufferers were laid down in Parliament last week and will come into force in October 2021.

Client Story
Celia Marsh Picture

Food Safety - Celia's story

Celia Marsh a mother of 5 children, who tragically passed away following an anaphylactic reaction caused by the consumption of a Pret a Manger super-veg rainbow flatbread