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Andrew Austin

Partner, Global Co-Head of Consumer & Healthcare

Disputes, litigation and arbitration

Very talented... receives praise from clients for his 'pragmatic advice and great understanding of the law'

Chambers 2020

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About Andrew Austin

Andrew handles commercial disputes, consumer law issues, and product liability litigation within the tech, healthcare, FMCG, retail and transportation sectors. He also helps clients manage regulatory risks and engage with (and sometimes challenge) regulators.

He has acted on some of the most complex product liability litigation of the last decade and is particularly focused on the defence of cross-border claims, including group litigation. He advises clients on the application of product liability rules to emerging tech, and in May 2018 was appointed to the European Commission’s Expert Group on Liability and New Technologies. In December 2019, he joined the Commission's subgroup on AI and product safety. Another area of focus, in recent years, has been the growing importance of consumer law and governments’ increasing scrutiny of consumer-facing business practices.

Andrew helps lead Halo, the firm’s global LGBT+ network group. He is partner sponsor for the Freshfields Hub, which brings together lawyers, technologists, legal support staff and process improvement specialists, who together design more agile and efficient ways to deliver our legal services.

He speaks English, French and German.

Recent work

  • Helping a healthcare company co-ordinate the defence of product liability claims and related regulatory enquiries in a large number of markets outside North America.
  • Assisting a number of clients with investigations by the UK Competition and Markets Authority into alleged unfair sales, pricing and promotional practices.
  • Advising a global pharma company on litigation and investigations management issues arising from a series of interlinked M&A transactions.
  • Acting for a diagnostics products manufacturer in relation to false positive results produced by a hospital’s laboratory in the context of cancer screening, and defence against threatened legal action.
  • Coordinating multi-j advice on the regulation of tech products and FMCG, including on the regulation of electronic cigarettes in 150+ markets and the regulatory classification of healthcare apps.

Qualifications

Education

  • University of Oxford, UK (modern languages)
  • College of Law, Guildford, UK (CPE & LPC)

Professional memberships

  • British Institute for International and Comparative Law’s product liability forum
  • European Commission Expert Group on Liability and New Technologies