Alison Newstead

Alison Newstead specialises in the field of product safety and product liability. She advises on all aspects of product regulation, often on a global scale. She has long-standing experience in coordinating international defence strategies for product liability claims, including group actions. Alison has a specific interest in product recall and advises clients from initial discovery of a potential safety issue, to risk assessment, regulatory obligations and appropriate corrective action, including recall.

Alison also advises clients on a wide variety of Health and Safety issues including regulatory compliance, investigations and prosecutions by the Police, HSE and Local Authorities. Alison provides crisis management and support at the inception of serious health and safety incidents, in particular in relation to regulatory investigations and PACE interviews. She represents clients at inquests and in the defence of criminal proceedings and civil proceedings.
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Other work

Product liability—contractual provisions—checklist

This Checklist sets out the key issues for consideration when drafting contractual provisions for business to business contracts concerning product safety and liability.

Product liability—product safety—checklist

This Checklist sets out the key issues for consideration by a business when dealing with a product safety matter. It sets out what a business should consider when designing systems to manage product liability risk in this area, including with reference to the Code of Practice on Consumer Product Safety Related Recalls and Other Corrective Actions (PAS 7100:2018).

Practice areas


  • CBI Consumer Affairs Panel
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH)
  • British Insurance Law Association
  • The Law Society of England and Wales
  • CBI Health and Safety Panel
  • Health and Safety Lawyers Association (HSLA)


  • Contributing Author


  • LL.B., Warwick University, 1997
  • LPC, with commendation, College of Law, London, 1998
  • Certificat de Droit Franais, University of Bordeaux

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