Sarah-Jane Dobson is a partner in the London office - dual qualified in England and Wales and Australia. She is an international products lawyer.

Sarah-Jane acts on regulatory, litigious and policy matters across the full product life cycle in respect of product safety, compliance and product liability issues. 

Her practice is focused on multi-jurisdictional matters for corporate clients across a range of sectors including automotive products, chemicals, consumer goods, cosmetics, food (including novel foods) and beverages, industrial and life sciences products (including in respect of clinical trials, pharmaceuticals and medical devices).

In product safety, she advises on global product launches and market entry due diligence, regulatory challenges and enforcement, regulatory compliance and global product recalls. She has been involved in some of the most prominent international product safety matters, including handling the largest global product recalls (190+ jurisdictions), product compliance queries (for 193+ jurisdictions), product launches (50+ countries), acting in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry and representing a company in respect of a prominent unprecedented criminal investigation under product safety laws in the EU.

Sarah-Jane leads on some of the highest profile strategic product litigation matters in Europe, including by acting as the lead lawyer in the defence of two major manufacturers, their finance entities and dealerships in respect of group litigation in connection with the diesel emissions matters in the United Kingdom. Her other product liability and litigation matters in the products space includes managing portfolios of international product liability claims, advising companies subject to criminal investigations relating to product safety, advising on inquests, public inquiries, judicial reviews and anti-competitive practices and advertising.

Her policy work has focused on assisting clients responding to legislative change, including  Brexit, change of regimes (medical devices) and new legislation (collective redress and product sustainability). She has advised clients in respect of submissions to law makers in respect of proposed change. She has also assisted clients draft internal policies in respect of product safety, compliance and liability.

She has worked in the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, Australia and the US. She has a background in science (degree in biomedical science). She has French and German language skills.

Sarah-Jane regularly contributes to prominent publications and key thought-leadership initiatives in her field in a global editor capacity, including Thomson Reuters Practical Law, Chambers & Partners, and Lexology (getting the deal through). She has acted as an editor and contributed a chapter in Oxford University Press, the Law and Regulation of Medicines and Medical Devices also. She is also an active member and in leadership roles in key industry bodies, including on DRI’s Product Liability Steering Committee and ICPHSO's Planning Committee.

Sarah-Jane has received many accolades and is routinely recognised as a market-leading practitioner in international products law in both liability and safety matters. 

Sarah-Jane is also the Global Pro Bono Partner Lead, heading up and strategically directing Kennedys’ growing pro bono practice.

Sarah-Jane Dobson is an incredibly good lawyer who is well regarded by her clients.

Market recognition

  • Up and Coming lawyer and notable practitioner for 'Product liability: mainly defendant (UK-wide)'
    "Sarah-Jane Dobson is an incredibly good lawyer who is well regarded by her clients."
    Chambers UK 2023
  • Next Generation Partner and recommended lawyer for 'Product liability: defendant (London)'
    "In the course of my dealings with Sarah-Jane I can only say good things. On a personal level she is always friendly and a pleasure to work with. On a professional level she has demonstrated patience, in depth knowledge and professionalism. She is skilled in making complex matters accessible and easy to understand".
    The Legal 500 UK 2023
  • Leading female practitioner in Product liability
    Euromoney's Women in Business Law Expert Guide 2022
  • Rising Star in Life sciences
    Euromoney's Rising Stars Expert Guide 2022
  • Next Generation Partner and recommended lawyer for 'Product liability: defendant (London)'
    The Legal 500 UK 2022
  • Rising Star for ‘Product liability: defendant (London)’
    Legal 500 UK 2021
  • Rising Star in Life Sciences,
    Euromoney Expert Guides 2021
  • Rising Star in Product Liability
    Euromoney Expert Guides 2021
  • Finalist in Life Sciences,
    Rising Star Europe Awards 2021, ILFR 2021
  • Finalist in Product Liability
    Rising Star Europe Awards 2021, ILFR 2021
  • Recommended lawyer for ‘Product liability: defendant (London)’
    Legal 500 UK 2021
  • Rising Star for ‘Product liability: defendant (London)’
    Legal 500 UK 2020
  • Recommended lawyer for ‘Product liability: defendant (London)’
    Legal 500 UK 2020
  • Next Generation Lawyer’ for ‘Product liability: defendant (London)’
    Legal 500 UK 2019
  • Recommended lawyer for ‘Product liability: defendant (London)’
    Legal 500 UK 2019
  • Recommended lawyer for ‘Product liability: defendant (London)’
    Legal 500 UK 2018

Work highlights

  • Managing international product launches, including in respect of 40+ countries at a time, including in respect of novel products and new technologies, in consumer electronics, cosmetics, medical devices, cannabis, food and drink
  • Advising clients on ad-hoc regulatory compliance obligations across a broad range of sectors, including in respect of Brexit-related issues and legislative change impact (including in respect of medical device legislation, collective redress and sustainable products)
  • Coordinating some of the largest global product recalls undertaken, in respect of 100+ jurisdictions at a time, including in respect of home appliances, cosmetics and consumer electronics (including in respect of lithium-ion batteries), medical devices and textiles
  • Defending global manufacturers in a criminal investigation undertaken by safety authorities for alleged breaches of EU product safety laws
  • Acting for a core participant in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry
  • Acting for clients in inquests which allege product-related deaths
  • Advising manufacturers in respect of consumer rights, including in respect of warranties and ongoing obligations in the event of insolvency and end of product life issues
  • Providing strategic management of manufacturer’s international portfolio of product liability claims, up to 70+ claims at a time, across its global business
  • Acting for clients in policy work, including in respect of submissions and input into prospective legislation and legislative reform
  • Drafting product safety, product recall and product liability international processes for global companies