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Life Sciences Department

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Recognised across the major global directories as a top tier life sciences firm, our International Life Sciences & Healthcare group works with over 50% of the world’s largest pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical devices companies and has the largest patent litigation group in Europe.

Our multidisciplinary team can advise you on every aspect of the business cycle of a life science and healthcare product or service. We guide you through incorporation, development, financing and partnering, mergers & acquisitions, protection and exploitation of intellectual property, and the regulatory framework. We have extensive experience in technology transfers, IP licensing and corporate transactions, data protection, regulatory and privacy issues, competition law, R&D collaborations, clinical trials, marketing arrangements, trade mark and patent disputes, public procurement and product liability.

Our practice is built on the belief that it is important to understand the scientific, ethical and business challenges facing companies in the sector and take these into account in a practical and commercial way when advising our clients. We look closely at your commercial objectives and provide tailored strategic advice to help you achieve them.


Hilton, Mark (Head of Department)

Allport, Simon

Baillieu, James

Boardman, Ruth

Eyre, Sophie

Faircliffe, Sarah

Harris, Tim

Hunter, Ian

Jenkins, Neil

Jones, Jennifer

Kelleher, Patrick

Macdonald, Morag

Root, Eleanor

Shorthose, Sally


B Braun Melsungen


Edwards Lifesciences

Fisher & Paykel

Merck KGaA