life sciences

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Recognised by Who’s Who Legal as the leading international law firm for Life Sciences since 2007, our International Life Sciences Group works with over 50 % of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies and has the largest patent litigation group in Europe.

Our practice is built on the belief that it is important to understand the scientific, ethical and business challenges facing companies in the sector to provide practical and commercially viable advice for our clients.

Our lawyers can advise on every aspect of the business cycle of a life science product or service. They can help you with corporate, regulatory, licensing and commercial transactions, competition & EU law and intellectual property advice. Specifically including technology transfers, IP licensing and transactions, regulatory and privacy issues, competition law, R&D collaborations, clinical trials, marketing arrangements, trade mark and patent disputes and product liability.

We work with a vast array of companies from pharmaceutical, bioinformatics, medical devices, biotech companies, universities and university spin outs, to investors and venture capital companies, manufacturers, distributors and clinical research organisations. We take a multi-disciplinary approach, delivering more than just the core legal and litigation services.

Heads of Group: Marc Martens in Brussels and Mark Hilton in London.

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"Unquestionably one of the most comprehensive and sophisticated life sciences practices in the market, with expertise in patent litigation, healthcare regulation and also commercial transactions within the sector."

Chambers UK 2015

"Stands out for its specialism in IP matters, with a strong record of advising on contentious and non-contentious issues. Acts for international pharmaceutical and medical devices companies from its offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Singapore."

Chambers Asia Pacific, 2015

"Well recognised throughout Europe and Asia for IP matters, including multi-jurisdictional litigation and M&A strategies. Offers particular strength in patent work, including regulation and enforcement of patent rights. Active in the pharmaceutical and medical device sectors."

Chambers Global 2014

"Highly regarded in both Europe and Asia. Excels in the patent arena and possesses considerable expertise in regulatory and transactional matters. Features several practitioners with a significant science or regulatory background."

Chambers Global 2016

"Global reputation as leaders in IP and, in particular, patent litigation. Steeped in life sciences, with excellent specialist knowledge on hand for regulatory matters and commercial transactions in the sector"

Chambers UK 2016

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Relevant Downloads

Chambers 2020 Life Sciences Global Practice Guide
Apr 06 2020
Life Sciences and Healthcare brochure v2
Mar 05 2020
Bird Bird StartUps in Life Sciences
Jul 25 2014
Public Procurement of Medicinal Products
Nov 05 2014
Update on revision of EU regulation of clinical trials with investigational medicinal products
Mar 28 2014
Getting the deal through Licensing United Kingdom
Mar 07 2014
Bird BirdWhite Paper on Medical Devices In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices Reform Feb 2017
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