Emily Brett

Emily Brett

Senior Associate (Foreign Qualified Lawyer - Australia) London, United Kingdom

Emily is a Senior Associate (Foreign Qualified Lawyer) who joined Kennedys’ London office in 2010.

Emily acts for insurers and manufacturers in relation to product liability disputes, with a specific focus on product recalls, mass tort and group litigation orders in the life sciences sector. She has considerable experience defending claims against manufacturers of medical devices in the UK, as well as assisting local counsel in various EMEA jurisdictions.

Emily is one of the lead lawyers defending a prominent complex product liability group action in England and Wales, assisting with the coordination and management of a large team in the lead-up to trial.

Emily has a senior role in relation to the management and resolution of claims arising from a global voluntary product recall for a high-profile healthcare company. She was instrumental to the implementation and coordination of a highly confidential claims resolution process in the UK and other EMEA jurisdictions such as Germany and Holland.

Emily has delivered several training sessions at Kennedys’ offices, as well at its client offices. She has presented at seminars to key industry contacts in the life sciences sector on recent case developments and current market issues. Emily has also provided specialist training to external counsel in Germany and Holland. She is a member of the Forum of Insurance Lawyers (FOIL).

Qualifications

  • Qualified as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland in Australia in 2007

Work highlights

  • Judgment is awaited in one of the most important product liability cases in England and Wales in over 15 years, Gee and others v DePuy International Ltd, recently heard in the High Court. Emily was an integral part of the team in defending a group action against allegations of defect in relation to metal on metal hip prostheses. The judgment will clarify the basis on which a determination as to defect should be made, which will have implications not only for the parties in this case but also generally for manufacturers and distributors.
  • As lead lawyer, working with partner Andrew Hunn, successfully defended a claim for personal injury against an orthopaedic device manufacturer in relation to a fractured femoral hip stem. The decision was a turning point in product liability law that challenged the existing controversial authority of Mr Justice Burton in N v National Blood AuthorityWilkes v DePuy International Ltd [2016].
  • Acted for a high-profile manufacturer in the development, implementation and coordination of a confidential claims resolution process in the UK and EMEA jurisdictions in respect of claims arising in relation to a voluntary global product recall.