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Bristows LLP

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Managing Partners: Liz Cohen, Marek Petecki
Number of partners: 40
Number of lawyers: 188


Bristows is an independent full service law firm that has advised innovative clients since its inception in 1837. For over 180 years, the Bristows name has represented a rigorous intellectual approach to law, as well as a practical understanding of the ever-changing demands of business.

Today the firm brings together a diverse collection of talent to deliver high-quality advice, working with world-leading clients across its key sectors, including technology, life sciences, and consumer products. Bristows offers an unusually deep knowledge of the industries it serves – a high proportion of Bristows’ lawyers have specialist backgrounds: technical degrees, PhDs and practical experience working in industries such as IT, media, telecoms, pharmaceuticals and biotech.

Bristows is committed to maintaining its well-deserved reputation as an approachable firm dedicated to serving new entrants as well as established businesses from the UK, Europe, North America and the Far East, across the full range of legal disciplines. Much of the firms’ work is cross-border, and Bristows works alongside leading US legal practices and independent firms in European jurisdictions and the Far East, to provide an integrated international service to clients as required.

The firm has an enviable reputation for collegiality and pragmatism . It has rejected billable-hours targets for its lawyers (including partners) so as to encourage teamwork and increase the focus on the quality and value of the service it provides to its clients from its offices in London and Brussels.

Bristows recruits outstanding trainee solicitors each year and boasts a 100% retention rate. The long-term prospects are excellent and many of the firm’s present partners trained with Bristows. Applicants from all academic disciplines and backgrounds are encouraged to apply and scientific degrees are particularly relevant for certain practice areas. In-house training is comprehensive and many trainees and associates spend time on secondment at client companies, including Google, McDonald’s, Capgemini, Novartis, Sony and WPP. 


Data Protection:

3 Partners; 17 fee earners based in London
In 2018 the team has been busy acting in the background for companies in all sectors in multiple cases of cyberattacks. Recently they have advised a well-known search engine in connection with various EU-wide compliance projects including the collection of WiFi “hotspot” information, children’s privacy issues and international data transfers. 
Key Clients: Bupa, Google, Amazon Web Services, Uber, PayPal, IBM, Spotify, Facebook
Contact: Mark Watts - Tel: 0044 0207 400 8343
Email: [email protected]

Life Sciences:
22 Partners; 50 fee earners based in London
One of the wider life sciences teams in EU, in the last 12 months has been working on patent litigation- SPC revocation defence- for Searle (Pfizer) and Johnson & Johnson, on spin-outs and licensing for UCL and other academic bodies, for Fresenius in the coordination of litigation across EU, and on 60+ corporate deals. The team manages the trade mark portfolio management for medical devices company Dentsply.
Key Clients: BUPA, Teva, Genomics England, UCL, Novartis, AstraZeneca, Celltrion, Verily
Contact: Liz Cohen - Tel: 0044 0207 400 8379
Email: [email protected]

Competition & Regulatory:
4 Partners; 11 fee earners based in London and Brussels
The award –winning team is currently acting for ZTE in its defence against claims by Conversant involving Standard Essential Patents and acts for many companies in need of FRAND-related advice. Their experience on the competition aspects of licensing and R&D / IP collaborations, as well as abuse of dominance issues for IP-rich companies, is unmatched.
Key Clients: Google, AstraZeneca, Sony Europe, Chugai Pharma, Capgemini, Samsung
Contact: Pat Treacy - Tel: 0044 0207 400 8373
Email: [email protected]

Brand Management
12 Partners; 15 fee earners based in London
The team behind the seminal Interflora adword case and the long-lasting KitKat design litigation (acting for Mondelez against Nestlé). One of the most highly regarded "one stop" brand services advising on everything from trade mark infringement and unfair competition claims through to software copyright and design of electronic components. Representing companies in the consumer products, pharmaceutical, media, IT and travel, and leisure business sectors.
Key Clients: Mondelez, Louis Vuitton HM, Royal Mail, Carnival, The Guardian, FT
Contact: Ian Gruselle - Tel: 0044 0207 400 8242
Email: [email protected]

6 Partners; 10 fee earners based in London
Corporate and financing transactions in sectors such as technology, media and telecoms and the life sciences – including tax and employment aspects. The team carries out both domestic and cross-border transactional work for clients ranging from multinationals to small and medium-sized enterprises and entrepreneurs.
Key Clients: Diageo, AstraZeneca, WPP, Origin Inc, Canon Europe, Mastercard, Trafigura
Contact: Iain Redford - Tel: 0044 0207 400 8356
Email: [email protected]

■ Advertising, Marketing & Promotion
■ Brand & Design Protection
■ Charities & Not-For-Profit
■ Commercial Contracts
■ Commercial Litigation
■ Competition Litigation
■ Copyright & Digital Business
■ Corporate
■ Dispute Resolution
■ Employment
■ EU & Competition
■ Information Technology
■ International Arbitration
■ IP & Commercial Transactions
■ IP & Patent Litigation
■ IT Disputes
■ Life Sciences
■ Partnership
■ Privacy & Data Protection
■ Public Sector
■ Publishing, Defamation & Media
■ Real Estate
■ Real Estate Investment & Funds
■ Regulatory (Life Sciences and IP)
■ Tax
■ Telecommunication
■ Trade Mark Portfolio Management
■ Venture Capital


Belgium offices:
Avenue des Arts 56, 1000 Bruxelles
tel: +32 2 801 1391

UK offices London: 100 Victoria Embankment, EC4Y 0DH
tel: +44 (0)20 7400 8000

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Bristows’ life sciences regulatory practice continues to grow

Alex Denoon, Julian Hitchcok, Michaela Herron, Xisca Borrás

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