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We are pleased to present you with the latest update of Product Risk Radar (linked to https://www.globalcompliancenews.com/product-risk-radar/), our online content hub that covers the latest important legal developments in product regulatory and liability risk. The diverse range of articles helps you navigate the increasingly challenging landscape of the newest legal updates in the UK, the EU and now in Germany!

December 2023 was a remarkable month for product regulatory developments in the EU. Not only did the new General Product Safety Regulation come into force but the EU institutions reached political agreement on the new Product Liability Directive, the AI Act, the AI Liability Directive and the Ecodesign for Sustainable Products Regulation.

We also now include an overview of the ban of plastic bags in Germany and the implementation of Germany’s Single-Use Plastic Levy.

Find out all the details in the latest update of the Product Risk Radar by clicking on the button below.

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Kate Corby is a partner in Baker McKenzie’s Dispute Resolution team in London. Kate has over two decades' experience of representing clients in complex litigation and arbitration, with a focus on arbitration of construction, engineering and infrastructure related disputes. She has handled arbitrations under the rules of all of the major arbitral institutions and ad hoc, seated in London and around the world and under a wide range of governing laws. Kate also has significant experience in advising on product liability, safety and regulatory compliance. Kate co-leads the firm's Industrials, Manufacturing and Transportation Industry Group in EMEA.
Kate is also well-known for her inclusion, diversity & equity work, particularly for organising the London chapter of #Arbitration Lunch Match, sitting on the Global Executive Committee of the Equal Representation of Experts Pledge, and she is co-chair of the London office's BakerWomen Affinity Group.
Kate is ranked as a Leading Individual in Legal 500 UK in both her practice areas in which she is described as “hugely impressive, extremely bright and on-the-ball, and has a deep understanding of the client’s needs and what really matters on the case. She is simply brilliant.” Kate is also individually ranked by Chambers, which notes she has “excellent commercial awareness and vision” and “provides excellent industry insight and customer service.” Kate is also recognised in Who’s Who Legal.

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Graham Stuart is a partner in Baker McKenzie's London office specialising in product regulation and environmental, health and safety law.

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Prof. Dr. Ulrich Ellinghaus joined Baker McKenzie in Frankfurt in 1996. He has extensive experience in regulatory law, with a focus on environmental, health & safety and product safety law. Ulrich is Head of the International Commercial & Trade Global Steering Committee Focus Group, Product Liability, Anti-Corruption and Compliance Liaison.

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Dr. Andreas Neumann is admitted as an attorney-at-law in the jurisdictions of Austria, Germany and New York. He is a member of Baker McKenzie’s Public Law Practice Group in Frankfurt. Prior to joining the Firm in October 2015, he gained four years of professional experience as an associate in one of Austria's leading business law firms. In this function, Andreas counseled major international enterprises in the pharmaceutical and telecommunication industries in trade law and regulatory matters. Andreas also spent nine months as a judicial clerk at various sections of the Salzburg District and Regional Court.

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Jo is a senior associate in Baker McKenzie's Dispute Resolution team in London. Jo advises clients in a wide range of industries on complex commercial disputes and investigations. She also regularly provides specialist product safety and regulatory compliance advice and acts for clients in product liability disputes. One of Jo's other areas of specialism is advising clients on a wide range of regulatory, public and administrative law issues, including judicial review, consultations, freedom of information and public procurement. Jo's practice often involves drawing on crisis management experience to help clients protect their reputations and shareholder value when dealing with urgent, time pressured issues and/or intense public scrutiny. Jo was ranked as a Next Generation Lawyer in the Legal 500 Product liability: defendant category in 2017. Jo has participated in the UK Government's Working Group on product safety and recalls and has assisted with the development of the Government's training programme for Trading Standards Officers on the new UK Code of Practice for Product Recalls.

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Rachel MacLeod is a senior associate in Baker McKenzie's London office. She advises companies on the "cradle-to-grave" regulation of a broad range of products sold on the EU and UK markets. She also advise companies on how to comply with their operational environmental and health & safety obligations.

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Phoebe is an associate in the Baker McKenzie Dispute Resolution team in London. Phoebe practises in general commercial litigation, regulatory actions and class actions. Phoebe has recently joined the London team, having transferred from the Firm's Dispute Resolution team in Sydney. Phoebe's experience includes acting in claims arising in tort, contract and statute across a range of sectors, including healthcare, product liability, technology and telecommunications. Phoebe is admitted in the Supreme Court of New South Wales, Australia. During her training, Phoebe was seconded to an international medical manufacturing company for six months as in house legal counsel. Phoebe has previously worked at the District Court of New South Wales as a Judge's associate to the Honourable Justice Beckett.