France: Product Liability Defence 2017

We recognise 14 practitioners in this chapter who stand out for their excellent work defending corporations in a range of product liability cases including product recall, compliance and the resolution of disputes via litigation, arbitration and ADR.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Thomas Rouhette Hogan Lovells, Paris
2. Emmanuèle Lutfalla SCP Soulie & Coste-Floret, Paris

International full-service firm HOGAN LOVELLS boasts the foremost product liability defence practice in the country, achieving an impressive four listings this year.
According to sources, Thomas Rouhette is “one of the best specialists in France when it comes to product liability defence work”. He is highly sought after by clients, with whom he is “always on the same page”.
Sylvie Gallage-Alwis is a top-tier litigator and remains a firm favourite among clients, who include manufacturers and distributors. One source notes: “She always goes the extra mile to support her clients, and is proactive in seeking commercial solutions to disputes.”
Christine Gateau is very active in the field, particularly in relation to international cases, and possesses great experience representing clients before the French courts in both civil and commercial proceedings.
Life sciences specialist Cécile Derycke is also recognised for her outstanding practice.  

Three prominent practitioners at HMN & PARTNERS are highlighted in this chapter.
The “terrific” Simon Ndiaye wins praise for his excellent representation of insurance companies in relation to complex product liability claims.
Bernard Mettetal is considered a first-rate insurance practitioner by peers and clients alike, and is well known for his impressive work in the field.
Gérard Honig is a well-established name in the French market, noted for his respected contentious product liability practice.

At ALLEN & OVERY, Denis Chemla is regarded by sources as “a brilliant, hands-on lawyer”. His “sensational” litigation practice focuses on product liability defence work, particularly in relation to the aviation industry.

Valérie Ravit at SQUIRE PATTON BOGGS is “an absolute pleasure to work with”, according to peers. They commend her client-oriented approach to product liability cases, particularly those concerning the pharmaceutical industry. 

At SCP SOULIE & COSTE-FLORET, Emmanuèle Lutfalla is a “smart and practical” lawyer who is “highly recommended” by impressed sources. She has wide ranging expertise in product liability litigation, particularly relating to industrial risks.

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Nominees have been selected based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide. Only specialists who have met independent international research criteria are listed.

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