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Product Liability Defence 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Sylvie Gallage-Alwis “is a star in the international world”. She is recognised as a “well-connected expert” and a “wonderfully bright and enthusiastic” lawyer.

Biography

Sylvie Gallage-Alwis is a partner and head of the product liability/product compliance practice in Paris. She is a litigator specialised in all disputes linked to products, namely product liability, product safety, toxic tort, mass litigation/class action, regulatory compliance and environment. Her team is one of the largest in the Paris market focused on these issues.

Sylvie is both an avocat à la cour in France, and a solicitor in England and Wales. She is described by WWL as a “dynamic and determined litigator” who is “a firm favourite among clients” as “she always goes the extra mile to support her clients, and is proactive in seeking commercial solutions to disputes”. WWL: France further notes that she “stands out in the market for her highly respected product liability, toxic tort and mass litigation expertise”. She has been recognised as a “rising star” for product liability in France by LMG Expert Guides (2015 to 2018) and won the Best in Product Liability award at the 2019 LMG Euromoney Europe Women in Business Law Awards.

Sylvie represents a variety of globally recognised manufacturers from industries such as automotive, electronic products, cosmetics, new technologies, steel, energy, food and toys. In this scope, she has developed strong regulatory knowledge, putting together innovative defences and representing her clients before the French market surveillance authorities should they question the compliance of a product or service. She has worked on countless product recalls and negotiations with authorities and distributors/retailers on behalf of manufacturers. Her team also provides regulatory assistance before a product is placed on the market to ensure compliance.

Sylvie is further known in the French market as a leading toxic tort/mass litigation lawyer. She has been involved in most pro-company case law rendered in recent years, notably in asbestos-related cases, with some cases mentioned in the French Civil and Social Security Codes because of the significant reversal in case law they represent. Sylvie has been the lead counsel in hundreds of cases where the plaintiffs claim for damages on the grounds that either they had developed a disease, or they suffered from anxiety around developing a disease in the future. This second ground is recognised by French courts and lies at the origin of high-stakes litigation, which started first with asbestos and is now extended to any hazardous substance or product. Sylvie is involved in the most sensitive of such cases that will impact future case law in this area.

Her experience in both mass litigation and consumer-related issues made her one of the go-to litigators in class actions in France, but also in cases where new legal grounds are explored, such as matters involving diesel, air pollution, planned obsolescence of electronic products and civil liability of a manufacturer exposing to a risk via imported products.

Sylvie is an active member of the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) and the Association of Defense Trial Attorneys (ADTA). She also regularly attends meetings of the International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization (ICPHSO).

National Leader

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Sylvie Gallage-Alwis is acclaimed for her “rigorous analysis, strategic guidance and seasoned litigation” on complex product disputes. Clients applaud her “customer-centric and financially aware” approach.

Biography

Sylvie Gallage-Alwis is a partner and head of the product liability/product compliance practice in Paris. She is a litigator specialised in all disputes linked to products, namely product liability, product safety, toxic tort, mass litigation/class action, regulatory compliance and environment. Her team is one of the largest in the Paris market focused on these issues.

Sylvie is both an avocat à la cour in France, and a solicitor in England and Wales. She is described by WWL as a “dynamic and determined litigator” who is “a firm favourite among clients” as “she always goes the extra mile to support her clients, and is proactive in seeking commercial solutions to disputes”. WWL: France further notes that she “stands out in the market for her highly respected product liability, toxic tort and mass litigation expertise”. She has been recognised as a “rising star” for product liability in France by LMG Expert Guides (2015 to 2018) and won the Best in Product Liability award at the 2019 LMG Euromoney Europe Women in Business Law Awards.

Sylvie represents a variety of globally recognised manufacturers from industries such as automotive, electronic products, cosmetics, new technologies, steel, energy, food and toys. In this scope, she has developed strong regulatory knowledge, putting together innovative defences and representing her clients before the French market surveillance authorities should they question the compliance of a product or service. She has worked on countless product recalls and negotiations with authorities and distributors/retailers on behalf of manufacturers. Her team also provides regulatory assistance before a product is placed on the market to ensure compliance.

Sylvie is further known in the French market as a leading toxic tort/mass litigation lawyer. She has been involved in most pro-company case law rendered in recent years, notably in asbestos-related cases, with some cases mentioned in the French Civil and Social Security Codes because of the significant reversal in case law they represent. Sylvie has been the lead counsel in hundreds of cases where the plaintiffs claim for damages on the grounds that either they had developed a disease, or they suffered from anxiety around developing a disease in the future. This second ground is recognised by French courts and lies at the origin of high-stakes litigation, which started first with asbestos and is now extended to any hazardous substance or product. Sylvie is involved in the most sensitive of such cases that will impact future case law in this area.

Her experience in both mass litigation and consumer-related issues made her one of the go-to litigators in class actions in France, but also in cases where new legal grounds are explored, such as matters involving diesel, air pollution, planned obsolescence of electronic products and civil liability of a manufacturer exposing to a risk via imported products.

Sylvie is an active member of the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) and the Association of Defense Trial Attorneys (ADTA). She also regularly attends meetings of the International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization (ICPHSO).
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