Michelle Victor is a partner in the product safety & consumer law team and specialises in food safety, faulty products, inquests, corporate accountability and multi-party actions.
Michelle joined Leigh Day as a solicitor in June 2011 and made partner in 2013. Michelle heads the food safety department that represents individuals who have sustained serious injuries as a result of food poisoning and allergic reactions and leads a large team of lawyers dealing with a multi- party action of over 600 clients with failed ASR Metal on Metal (MoM) hip components.
Michelle has appeared on radio and TV and has been quoted in national and regional press on specific cases or general product and food related issues.
In 2017 Michelle earnt glowing reviews in Chambers and Partners and described as
“Hyperefficient" and "incredibly hard-working and in Legal 500 as having ‘excellent commercial instincts', and that she ‘leaves no stone unturned in pursuing the client’s interests’.
Michelle’s client, Charlotte Bird describes Michelle and her team as
“Supportive, sympathetic and assiduous in their pursuit of my claim. They have been marvellous. Your service has been exemplary”.
“I can’t thank you enough for all your kindness and patience with me over the last few years. …. You are a complete star - and I’ve met a few: you are up there with the greatest.”
Michelle represented the family of Natasha Ednan-Laperouse at the inquest into her death after eating a Pret a Manger sandwich on a BA flight from London to Nice in July 2016 and works closely with the Anaphylaxis campaign, to raise awareness with the #expectitssafe campaign for allergy sufferers in the UK.
Her team is pursuing legal action against a catering company where a number of attendees attending the Digital Impact Awards ceremony suffered food poisoning at the event.
She successfully pursued legal action against tour operators Thomson Holidays, where over 1,000 holiday makers staying at the 4* Bahia Prince Hotel in the Dominion Republic, suffered food poisoning brought on by salmonella, campylobacter, cryptosporidium, shigella and giardia.
Michelle also represented over 120 people in what is believed to be one of the UKs largest outbreaks of food poisoning and pursued legal action against A1 Kebabish.
She has extensive experience dealing with multi party actions and complex cases and has represented clients with the utmost severity including those with brain and spinal injuries, amputees, severe orthopaedic and psychiatric injuries and secured damages, in a number of those cases, in excess of £1m, and has handled all types of personal injury work including road traffic accidents, employers’ liability, public liability, Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority and professional negligence claims.
Michelle leads the team of lawyers that act on behalf of around 600 clients, who had the, now recalled, DePuy ASR Metal on Metal hip components implanted and had to undergo early revision operations. She manages the ASR team who are responsible for pursuing claims against Depuy International Ltd, the manufacturers of the ASR hip component.
Michelle has expertise in running hair dye and consumer product compensation claims. She obtained significant compensation for a client who suffered a severe reaction to a hair dye which contained PPD, despite having done a skin test. Her client suffered anaphylactic shock, swelling to her face, and her mouth and tongue and became intolerant to certain fabrics. Her client required urgent hospital treatment.
She trained with Antony Hodari and upon qualifying, remained with the firm as an assistant. She subsequently worked for Russell Jones & Walker in London for approximately 10 years as a senior solicitor in the maximum severity department.
Michelle is the co-ordinator for the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers' product liability Special Interest Group and is an accredited Association of Personal Injury Lawyers' Senior Litigator.
What people say about Michelle
Legal 500 has described Michelle as having ‘excellent commercial instincts', and that she ‘leaves no stone unturned in pursuing the client’s interests’.
“Michelle Victor and her team have been supportive, sympathetic and assiduous in their pursuit of my claim. They have been marvellous. Your service has been exemplary”.
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