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Allen & Overy LLP

Life Sciences

4 ranked lawyersBand 1UK-wideUK 2022 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Magic circle corporate resources with a deep commitment to the life sciences sector. One of the most formidable patent litigation practices in the UK and Europe, which has recently taken cases before the Supreme Court. Advises on many of the most significant transactions of the day. Draws on its international footprint to handle work in multiple jurisdictions including emerging markets.

Strengths

A client says: "Allen & Overy has a good, well-rounded team that does a thorough job. They are responsive and get back after hours, and are also strategically very good."

Work highlights

Acted for Regeneron in patent litigation against Kymab, regarding Regeneron’s ground-breaking VelocImmune technology for transgenic mice.

Notable practitioners

Jim Ford is a highly respected contracts and rights assignment specialist with a focus on science and technology-based companies. He works for a range of clients in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors on complex licensing transactions and IP-driven corporate deals.
"Jim Ford is excellent. He knows the medical and pharmaceuticals technology and comes highly recommended."

Marjan Noor is recognised as a highly skilled intellectual property litigator in the field of life sciences, receiving frequent instructions from market-leading clients. She also advises on the regulatory aspects of transactions in the sector.
"A market leader in life sciences." "Marjan Noor is hands-on and certainly strong on strategic and expert issues. She is very experienced and has great technical knowledge."

Mark Ridgway is respected for his practice handling contentious matters for life sciences companies. He is particularly well known for issues relating to freedom to operate and all manner of patent-based disputes.
"Mark Ridgway is incredibly dynamic, cutting across various areas of intellectual property. He is becoming a titan for IP litigation."

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UK-wide

Life Sciences: IP/Patent Litigation


Marjan Noor
Band 1
Mark Ridgway
Band 3

Life Sciences: Regulatory


Marjan Noor
Band 2

Life Sciences: Transactional


Jim Ford
Band 3