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Richard Matthews, Partner

Richard Matthews


Practice areas

  • Automotive
  • Commercial litigation
  • Food and drink
  • Health and life sciences
  • Industrial engineering
  • Litigation and dispute management
  • Product liability and product recall
  • Retail

Practice notes

Richard has been a partner in our Litigation and Dispute Management practice group since 2001 and has experience across a broad range of commercial and contractual disputes. Richard joined Eversheds in 1998, after 8 years in London and Hong Kong handling major international litigation and arbitration.

Richard heads the firm's pan-European product liability practice.  He has considerable experience in advising major global businesses on their responses to product incidents and associated product liability actions, the defence of cross-border and multi-party proceedings as well as claims involving insurers, supply chain disputes, the implementation of product recalls and crisis management generally.

Richard has specialist knowledge in the automotive, aerospace, industrial engineering, medical devices, chemicals, food and consumer products sectors.  Richard's experience includes:

  • Acting for lenders in relation to the PIP Breast Implant litigation; 
  • Acting for a leading electronics company in a global consumer recall and regulatory notification programme concerning over 800,000 domestic appliances; 
  • Acting in a number of high profile cross-border food contamination recalls, including benzene in carbonated drinks, migration of ink from food packaging, Sudan 1/Para Red, dioxins in Irish pork and the melamine in milk incidents; 
  • Advising manufacturers and suppliers of various medical devices (including breast implants, gastric bands and patient lifting devices) on defending personal injury claims, regulatory compliance and CE marking issues.

Richard is a named expert for both the Legal 500 and Chambers legal directories and is praised for "his impressive legal acumen", as well as one of the World's Leading Product Liability Lawyers in Euromoney's Expert Guide, based on a survey of senior practitioners and in-house lawyers. He was a member of the Task Force of the International Bar Association on the international harmonisation of class action procedures.

Richard is a regular speaker at product liability seminars, gives bespoke client training and has written a number of articles on this subject.  He is the co-author of the Management of a Global Product Recall in the 2012 International Comparative Legal Guide to Product Liability and is the author of the on-line Butterworths LexisNexis guidance for practitioners on product liability.

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