As a senior associate and qualified Solicitor Advocate in our Intellectual Property group in London, I advise on patent disputes in Pharma and Biotech.

My scientific background and focus on life sciences gives me a detailed understanding of the legal and commercial challenges facing this sector.

Having obtained a PhD in genetics before studying law, I consider myself a scientist at heart and I enjoy learning about new inventions and technologies. As Bird & Bird has a very strong reputation in the life sciences, I have had the opportunity to be involved in a broad and fascinating range of IP work for this industry over the past decade.

I have assisted in patent disputes before the High Court, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court, UK Patent Office and European Patent Office and have also been involved in coordinating multi-jurisdiction patent litigation. I've acted in a number of high profile UK and pan-European cases, including Actavis -v- Eli Lilly (pemetrexed) - the first case in which the English court exercised jurisdiction over foreign designations of a European patent - and Actavis -v- Eli Lilly (tadalafil), which is currently pending before the Supreme Court.

As well as contentious IP, I also have significant expertise in transactional IP work for the life sciences sector, including licensing, transfer and collaboration agreements.

I am an active member of the AIPPI and sit on both the Pharma & Biotech and the IP, Genetic Resources & Traditional Knowledge committees.

  • Actavis and others v ICOS & Eli Lilly (tadalafil) [2016] EWHC 1955 (Pat) and [2017] EWCA Civ 1671 (UKSC pending)
  • Actavis -v- Eli Lilly (pemetrexed) and [2014] EWHC 1511 (Pat), [2015] EWCA Civ 555 and [2017] UKSC 48
  • NGPOD Global -v- Aspirate N Go UKIPO decision dated 9.9.2016 and [2016] EWHC 3124 (Pat)
  • Regeneron & Bayer -v- Genentech (VEGF Trap Eye) [2012] EWHC 657 and [2013] EWCA Civ 93
  • Ratiopharm & Teifenbacher -v- Lundbeck Brussels Commercial Court A.R. 7.271/08 and A.R. 8.245/08
Education
  • PGDip in Intellectual Propety Law & Practice - University of Oxford
  • GDL and LPC - BPP Law School
  • PhD in Molecular Genetics - University of Cambridge
  • BSc(Hons) 1st class in Molecular Genetics - University of Edinburgh
Admissions
  • Solicitors Regulation Authority in 2009