Regulatory & advisory

Navigating complex regulatory frameworks and unlocking critical advisory challenges to help clients achieve their strategic objectives.

Competition advice & investigations

Competition advice & investigations

Our competition team provide support to clients across the board, from devising bespoke compliance systems that are appropriate to each client, to advising on the competition law risks arising from commercial strategies or agreements.

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Data protection & privacy

Data protection & privacy

With one of the biggest and most well-known teams in Europe, Bristows is the go-to firm for pragmatic, expert-informed data protection advice. 

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Life sciences regulatory

Life sciences regulatory

Our regulatory team have a variety of backgrounds within the fields of bioscience, genetics and neuroscience. We advise clients across the sector including pharma and biotech, cell and gene therapies, veterinary medicine, medical devices, in vitro-diagnostics and digital health. 

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TM & design portfolio management

TM & design portfolio management

We have a long established portfolio management practice, fully integrated with the firm’s leading IP litigation practice, in order to provide a “one-stop shop” on all aspects of brand development, protection, exploitation and enforcement.

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Freedom to operate

Freedom to operate

With our fingers firmly on the pulse of how the Courts assess infringement and validity of rights, our contentious IP teams are ideally placed to assist in assessing the risks involved in any new project, no matter what the sector or technology.

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Advertising & marketing

Advertising & marketing

We regularly advise major brands on the legality of advertising campaigns and sales promotions as well as comparative advertising and dispute resolution.

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What others say

“The ‘highly responsive, commercial’ Marek Petecki is a ‘standout partner’ who ‘finds and communicates practicable solutions to issues, and tailors his work carefully’; he is noted for his strength in M&A involving IP and technology. Petecki’s highlights included advising AstraZeneca on the £135m sale of its pharmaceutical manufacturing facility in Avonmouth to Avara, and assisted Diageo with its acquisition of a stake in a joint venture established by Piers Adam to develop a new whisky brand.”

Legal 500 2017

“The ‘partner-led’ practice group at Bristows LLP has ‘good expertise in the area of partnership’, acting for investment partnerships and professional partnerships. Joint department head Iain Redford specialises in investment partnerships and also has particular expertise in refinancing partnerships. In 2016, he acted for multiple individual members in relation to the sale of their LLP.”

Legal 500 2017

“Commended for its ‘excellent service’ and ‘good value for money’, Bristows LLP’s department is strong in the TMT and life sciences sectors; it also has notable experience in the consumer goods space.”

Legal 500 2017

“Life sciences expert Mark Hawes, who heads the group, acted for Albireo on its NASDAQ listing and its $200m reverse merger with Biodel.”

Legal 500 2017

“Corporate partners Mark Hawes and Marek Petecki…are recommended” in the Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology sector.”

Legal 500 2017

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