Nathalie Smyth

Nathalie is a Senior Associate who joined Kennedys’ London office in 2006.

Nathalie acts for insurers and manufacturers in relation to product liability disputes, with a specific focus on 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 monitoring and assisting local counsel in relation to product claims arising in various EMEA jurisdictions.

Nathalie was an integral part of the team which successfully defended a landmark group litigation action brought against medical device manufacturer, DePuy International Limited. The action was brought by more than 300 claimants in relation to DePuy’s Pinnacle ULTAMET® Metal-on-Metal Articulation, a total hip replacement prosthesis, which the court found not to be defective under consumer protection legislation [Gee and others v DePuy International Ltd].

Nathalie also acts for several British and foreign motor insurers in relation to fatal and catastrophic incidents in the UK, Europe and USA, including advice on coverage, liability and compensation awards to victims.

Nathalie also has significant experience in handling and monitoring international and multi-jurisdictional claims arising on behalf of insurers and manufacturers in various jurisdictions including Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Italy, Jordan, Netherlands, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, Spain and the USA, including claims arising out of diving and other serious work accidents as well as products liability including medical, motor, sporting and DIY products.

Nathalie has delivered several training sessions at Kennedys’ and client offices. She has also presented at seminars to key industry contacts in the life sciences and motor sectors on recent case developments and current market issues.

Nathalie is a member of the Forum of Insurance Lawyers (FOIL) and the New York State Bar Association, and regularly contributes to articles in insurance and legal publications.

She is also co-editor of Kennedys Global Legal Handbook, Second Edition, which is a guide to the main legal and procedural issues which are encountered in 36 jurisdictions across the world. The Third Edition, with even more countries, will be out later this year.

Qualifications

  • Qualified in Northern Ireland in 2002
  • Qualified in England and Wales in 2005
  • Qualified in New York in 2006

Work highlights

  • Nathalie was an integral part of the team which successfully defended a landmark group litigation action brought against medical device manufacturer, DePuy International Limited. The action was brought by more than 300 claimants in relation to DePuy’s Pinnacle ULTAMET® Metal-on-Metal Articulation, a total hip replacement prosthesis, which the court found not to be defective under consumer protection legislation [Gee and others v DePuy International Ltd].
  • Nathalie was part of the team acting for approximately 300 firms of solicitors in relation to claims arising from the collapse of The Accident Group.