Sarah-Jane Dobson is a partner in the London office. 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 consumer goods, cosmetics, chemicals, food (including novel foods) and beverages, life sciences, industrial and automotive products.

She advises on global product launches and market entry due diligence, regulatory challenges and enforcement, regulatory compliance and global product recalls.

Her product liability and litigation work includes managing large 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 client’s responding to legislative change, including  Brexit, change of regimes (medical devices) and new legislation (collective redress and product sustainability). She has advised client’s 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. 

Sarah-Jane has been involved in some of the most prominent international product safety and litigation matters, including handling the largest global product recalls, product launches, 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.

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, including Thomson Reuters Practical Law, Chambers & Partners, and Lexology (getting the deal through). She also an active member and in leadership roles in peak industry bodies, including on DRI’s product liability steering committee.

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

Qualifications

  • Australia (Queensland), Bachelor of Laws/Science (Biomedical Science), 2012 (exchange studies in University of Glasgow, Scotland and Universite de Lausanne, Switzerland)
  • College of Law, Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice, 2013

Market recognition

  • Rising Star for ‘Product liability: defendant (London)’
    Legal 500 UK 2020
  • Rising Star in Life Sciences,
    Euromoney Expert Guides 2020
  • Rising Star in Product Liability
    Euromoney Expert Guides 2020
  • Finalist in Life Sciences,
    Rising Star Europe Awards 2020, ILFR 2020
  • Finalist in Product Liability
    Rising Star Europe Awards 2020, ILFR 2020
  • Recommended lawyer for ‘Product liability: defendant (London)’
    Legal 500 UK 2020
  • Rising Star for ‘Product liability: defendant (London)’
    Legal 500 UK 2019
  • Recommended lawyer for ‘Product liability: defendant (London)’
    Legal 500 UK 2019
  • Next Generation Lawyer’ for ‘Product liability: defendant (London)’
    Legal 500 UK 2018
  • Recommended lawyer for ‘Product liability: defendant (London)’
    Legal 500 UK 2018
  • Recommended lawyer for ‘Product liability: defendant (London)’
    Legal 500 UK 2017

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
Market recognition
  • Web Chambers GPG 2021 Product Liability & Safety Contributorbadge

    Contributor

    Chambers Product Liability 2021 Global Practice Guide