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Pinsent Masons

Life Sciences

4 ranked lawyersBand 2UK-wideUK 2021 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Sophisticated and successful patent litigation practice, particularly popular with generics manufacturers. Experienced in representing clients in parallel proceedings before the European Patent Office and the EU Intellectual Property Office. Talented corporate and commercial lawyers engaged in life sciences, advising on licensing, M&A deals and securities offerings.

Strengths

A client says: "Their depth of knowledge is amazing, their communications are fantastic and the quality of service is above and beyond."

Another adds: "For us, their particular strength is understanding how we work as a business and how our internal decision-making is done."

Work highlights

Represented Teva in a patent revocation action against Gilead's SPC for Truvada, an HIV drug treatment.

Notable practitioners

Allistair Booth is commended for negotiating IP-driven licensing, collaboration, investment and divestment transactions between major players in the industry. He also advises on strategic manufacturing and supply chain deals.
"Allistair offers both excellent legal knowledge and sound, strategic advice." "A really good commercial lawyer." "He is very knowledgeable and is a calming influence."

Charles Waddell 's transactional-focused practice involves advice to biotech and medtech companies on capital market offerings, venture capital funding, joint ventures and all manner of corporate deals.
"Charles is highly efficient, very knowledgeable and very personable." "He has been there, seen it and done it all before, so what you get is someone who can deliver, is unflappable and wraps it up with very strong technical expertise." "He offers good, pragmatic advice."

Charlotte Weekes is relied upon by generic drug makers to challenge the validity and exclusivity of branded products in pan-European patent litigation campaigns. She has put arguments before the CJEU and the UK Supreme Court.
"Very creative in terms of spotting legal strategies that other lawyers haven't thought of."

Clare Tunstall is widely respected for her successful record managing multi-jurisdictional patent litigation. She is particularly well known for her representation of generics manufacturers.,"A very experienced partner who gives very effective communications and legal analysis." "She is loved by her clients and is innovative in looking to challenge the status quo in generics law."

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UK-wide

Life Sciences: IP/Patent Litigation


Charlotte Weekes
Band 3
Clare Tunstall
Band 2

Life Sciences: Transactional


Allistair Booth
Band 2
Charles Waddell
Band 3