Having retrained as a solicitor following a 12-year career in the Royal Air Force, I try to bring the same practical and outcome-focused approach to legal advice that I used in the cockpit.
As an associate in the London Intellectual Property team, I work on a wide variety of contentious, regulatory and commercial IP matters, with a particular focus on life sciences agreements and IP licensing transactions.
I have gained experience on a range of transactional and contentious work across a range of sectors. In particular, I've been involved in a wide variety of IP licensing and transactional matters, international pharmaceutical supply agreements and brand management work (including trade mark, copyright and domain name protection). I've also assisted in providing regulatory advice - often coordinating the provision of advice from Bird & Bird's international offices - across several sectors, including pharmaceuticals, labelling, advertising, packaging and WEEE.
In 2016, I spent three months on secondment at a large international bank, gaining experience of contentious and non-contentious IP matters in the financial sector. Currently, I'm on a virtual secondment to a UK pharmaceutical company, providing a range of legal assistance to their commercial and scientific teams one day a week.
Prior to training as a solicitor, I spent 12 years as a pilot in the Royal Air Force, flying the L-1011 TriStar air transport aircraft and completing over 100 operational missions. I graduated from the University of Sheffield with a BSc in Microbiology in 2002, and completed a master's degree in Philosophy with the Open University in 2011.