Marisa Pearce#7227

Marisa Pearce

Marisa specialises in product liability and regulatory matters impacting clients in the United Kingdom and internationally. She has represented manufacturing, distribution and retail clients across a range of sectors, including tobacco, food and beverage, agribusiness, medical devices, consumer goods and automotive. She also has handled matters involving public utilities, infrastructure, design and construction, as well as damage claims related to both residential and business properties.
She has a wide range of experience handling business and commercial matters, particularly those involving insurance. Marisa has completed a number of secondments where she handled third-party medical liability and malpractice claims, international casualty claims and international financial lines matters.
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.

Practice Area


  • Contributing Author

Qualified Year

  • 2016


  • The Law Society of England & Wales
  • British Institute of International and Comparative Laws Product Liability Forum
  • London Solicitors Litigation Association


  • Spanish with Arabic and Study Abroad BA Hons (2010)
  • Graduate Diploma in Law (2011)
  • Legal Practice Course (2012)


  • University of Exeter (2006 - 2010)
  • BBP Law School (2010 - 2012)

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