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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.
Contributed to


Defective products
Defective products
Practice notes

This Practice Note summarises the law on defective products under the Consumer Protection Act 1987 (CPA 1987) and Council Directive 85/374/EEC (the EU Product Liability Directive). The CPA 1987 imposes liability on producers of defective products. This Practice Note considers what constitutes a defective product under the CPA 1987, who in the supply chain could be liable for the defective product, their degree of liability and any contributory negligence issues, the type of damages and the various defences available to a producer. It also looks at reports on the efficacy of the EU Product Liability Directive and possible future reform.

Statutory product safety regime
Statutory product safety regime
Practice notes

This Practice Note explains the statutory product safety regime in the UK, covering civil and criminal liability under the Consumer Protection Act 1987 (CPA 1987), the General Product Safety Regulations 2005 and the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. It considers emerging case law impacting the definition of defect and burden of liability under the CPA 1987 as provided for in Wilkes v DePuy and Colin Gee v DePuy.

Other work

Product liability—contractual provisions—checklist
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
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 Area


  • Consulting Editorial Board
  • Contributing Author

Qualified Year

  • 1996


  • 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)


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

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