Alison Newstead handles a variety of U.K. and multinational claims and regulatory issues involving electrical equipment, industrial components, automobiles, and healthcare and medical device products. Alison has longstanding experience in coordinating pan-European defense strategies for consumer product manufacturers and advises companies on the full range of product liability issues, from initial discovery of a potential safety issue, to risk management and recall action. Alison often counsels manufacturers in compliance and product safety obligations, guiding clients through risk assessment analysis and liaison with regulatory bodies.

With strong links to counsel and experts in Europe, her practice regularly spans many European states and often extends to the Middle East and Asia.

Alison has received numerous accolades for her work from prestigious publications, including being listed in Who’s Who Legal for Product Liability Defence; and The Legal 500 UK for Product Liability and Health and Safety, and as a Leading Individual, Product Liability – Defense. Chambers UK ranked Alison in Product Liability (Band 4) and noted of Alison, “sources praise her ability to ‘really help us stay plugged into the regulator’s thinking,’” and see her as “‘a great product liability lawyer. She represents consumer product manufacturers and insurers, with experience handling litigation, inquests and judicial reviews.’”

Alison’s practice also encompasses assisting those in healthcare, construction and environmental industries with general health and safety issues. She has represented clients at inquests and in criminal proceedings resulting from Police and Health and Safety Executive investigations alleging breaches of health and safety legislation. Alison also regularly advises on the defense of civil proceedings arising from such action.

Before joining Shook, Alison defended product liability claims and multiparty actions at CMS Cameron McKenna LLP, where she was a member of the MMR vaccine litigation defense team in Europe’s largest collective claim for personal injury. She has also served as a secondee in the legal department of Metronet, the maintenance service provider to London Underground, where she was responsible for all litigation matters. In this capacity, Alison led Metronet’s response to HSE investigations into alleged train defects responsible for the Chancery Lane rail crash.

Representative Matters

British Waterways v. Royal and Sun Alliance Insurance Plc [2012] EWHC 460 (Comm).

Sayers and others v. Sanofi Pasteur MSD Limited and others [2005] EWHC 539 (QB).

Davis v. Jacobs, Camden & Islington Health Authority and Novartis Pharmaceuticals (UK) Ltd [1999] 3 Med Law Reports 72.

Publications and Media

Alison is a contributing editor of Getting the Deal Through: Product Recall (Law Business Research Ltd., 2017-2019)Getting the Deal Through: Enforcement of Foreign Judgments in 28 Jurisdictions Worldwide (Law Business Research Ltd. 2013); Getting the Deal Through: Product Recall in 22 Jurisdictions Worldwide (Law Business Research Ltd. 2011-2016); and authored the Product Safety and Occupational Liability Chapter of Tolley’s Health and Safety at Work.


Alison regularly speaks at conferences and training seminars. By way of example, she spoke on "Crisis Management for In-House Lawyers" at the annual C&I Health and Safety Conference in September 2010. In October 2010, she served as chair for DRI Europe’s Corporate Conduct: Emerging Sources of Civil and Criminal Liability across Europe for Corporations and their Directors and Officers, and she presented on "Risk Management Concerns" at Shook, Hardy & Bacon’s Product Recall seminar in December 2010. Alison has also presented a paper at the “Sécurité et rappel des produits” product liability conference in Paris. She was a panel speaker at “Liability: Balanced Distribution of Risk, Virtual Autolex Automotive Legal Forum,” September 3, 2020.