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The Cumberlege Review
Published on 8 July 2020, the panel: Harry Steinberg QC, Gemma Scott, Aliyah Akram and Craig Murray, will consider the findings of the Review into:
- hormone pregnancy tests, such as Primidos,
- sodium valproate, an anti-epileptic drug,
- pelvic mesh implants
The panel will discuss the recommendations made by the Review, which include an independent “Redress Agency” and schemes to meet the cost of providing care and support to those who have been harmed by each intervention.
Harry Steinberg KC
Harry Steinberg is a “widely acclaimed practitioner”, “brilliantly knowledgeable”, with a “standout practice”. His practice spans serious injury, sports law and environmental damage. His work often involves an international dimension and he specialises in large-scale group actions for claimants and defendants. He is renowned for innovative thinking, challenging legal orthodoxy, and winning difficult cases. Accordingly, he is regularly instructed in test litigation. The directories recognise him as a leading silk in personal injury, industrial disease, product liability, group litigation and international litigation.View full profile
Gemma specialises in serious personal injury cases, industrial disease claims, and in large group actions.
She regularly appears against silks and senior juniors in High Court cases. She is also frequently instructed as junior counsel in multi-million pound claims, often working alongside silks from other chambers.
She is ranked in the fields of Personal Injury and Industrial Disease in the Legal 500 and in Chambers & Partners.
Gemma is a contributor to Sweet and Maxwell’s Asbestos: Law and Litigation.View full profile
Aliyah Akram is acknowledged as a leading junior in personal injury and industrial disease litigation. She is renowned for her expertise and experience in group litigation in all of the core areas in which she practices. Many of her cases have an international aspect and give rise to both jurisdictional issues and conflicts of laws.
Aliyah is a robust and persuasive trial advocate. She prides herself on working closely as a team with instructing solicitors, not just in group litigation, but in every case in which she is involved. Her focus is always on maximising the client’s prospects of success. She is able to cut through the background noise and gets straight to the issues.
She is a contributing author of Asbestos: Law & Litigation (Sweet & Maxwell, 2nd edition, 2022).
She is ranked by the legal directories as a leading junior in Personal Injury, Industrial Disease and Travel: International Personal Injury.View full profile
Call: 2017 - Bar of England and Wales
2008 - Scottish Bar
Craig joined 12 King’s Bench Walk as a tenant in December 2018, having successfully completed a practising pupillage at these Chambers.
Craig has been an Advocate at the Scottish Bar for over 10 years, where he has considerable experience in a full range of personal injury and clinical negligence work. He has appeared in the Supreme Court (Campbell v. Peter Gordon Joiners Ltd  UKSC 38) and has conducted a civil jury trial without a leader (Bridges v. Alpha Insurance 2016 SLT 859). He has appeared in an 8-day trial against experienced senior and junior counsel (Pocock v. Highland Council  CSOH 40 (aff’d  CSIH 76). He has appeared in numerous appeals to the Inner House of the Court of Session, with and without a leader. He has prosecuted serious crime (including attempted murder) in the High Court of Justiciary.
Craig is primarily instructed by UK-wide insurers and local authorities, but accepts instructions to act for claimants, particularly in clinical and professional negligence cases. He is regularly instructed in high-value RTA claims involving fatalities or brain injury. He has considerable experience in defending stress at work, harassment and assault claims, in particular those arising in schools and care establishments. Craig has an interest in local authority liability and issues of justiciability.
During his pupillage, Craig had experience of motor insurance law.
Craig is available to accept instructions throughout the jurisdiction. He maintains a practice at Compass Chambers in Edinburgh.View full profile