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Cécile Burgess

Senior Associate

Cécile Burgess
English, French
Practice Group

As a dual qualified lawyer in our Litigation Group, Cécile Burgess focuses her practice at Hogan Lovells on product liability, compliance and mass torts. Cécile has experience of acting for clients around the world with respect to a wide range of products, including pharmaceuticals and medical devices, cosmetics, electrical and electronic products. 

Cécile also advises clients on the implications of the European product regulations, and has assisted a number of global manufacturers and suppliers of products in implementing and managing product recalls, and coordinating necessary authority notifications across Europe and worldwide. Cécile is a dual qualified Solicitor of England and Wales and French lawyer, with first-hand knowledge of the interaction of French and English civil litigation systems.

Representative experience

Assisting in coordinating defense of global manufacturing company in series of claims across international jurisdictions regarding supply of allegedly defective products in life sciences sector.

Acting for a medical device distributor in product liability claims relating to hip prostheses.

Assisting a European notified body in defending claims in the UK resulting from the allegedly inappropriate assessment of product conformity under medical devices regulations.

Acting for major international consumer electronics manufacturers in defending product liability claims for personal injury and/or property damage allegedly caused by defective products.

Education and admissions


  • Master of Laws, Université Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne, 2008
  • LL.B., King's College London, 2007
  • Maîtrise en Droit, Université Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne, 2007

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • Paris

Court admissions

  • England and Wales

Latest thinking and events

Published Works

Consideration of what constitutes a “defective” product under the Consumer Protection Act 1987, 2015 . Vol 26 No 1

Australian Product Liability Report
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