Life sciences

As life sciences legal specialists with backgrounds in chemistry, biochemistry, biotechnology, physics and engineering, we understand what matters more than most.

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Bristows has one of the most highly-regarded life sciences practices in the world.

We have a true cross-disciplinary team of over 80 lawyers in this space encompassing our renowned IP practice, regulatory, competition, transactional, dispute resolution, IT and data protection teams.  The strength of each individual practice complements the others to provide a fully integrated and comprehensive service.

Our life sciences specialists - many with backgrounds in biology, chemistry, biochemistry, genetics and neuroscience - work with leading clients across the private, public and academic sectors.

We pride ourselves on the breadth of our client base in the sector and actively seek to advise clients from the different key participants making up the life sciences eco-system.  As such we act for global pharma, specialist investors, growing biotech and medtech companies, universities and research institutes, specialist service providers and government funded bodies.  Our clients also include tech companies now entering the sector as convergence takes hold.

We believe that these different perspectives help us to best advise our clients and give us true expertise in relation to the sector and where it is heading.

Pharma

Pharma

Consistently ranked in the top tier of legal directories, we remain at the forefront of legal developments in the pharma industry.

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Biotech

Biotech

We have been involved in the biotech sector since the earliest days of its emergence and have stayed close to the industry throughout the years, advising on a wide range of legal issues.

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Devices & Medtech

Devices & Medtech

With one of the most highly regarded life sciences practices in the world, and a market-leading technology practice, convergence is an exciting area for us - and we are always at the forefront of developments where digital technology and healthcare come together.

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Food & agriculture

Food & agriculture

We act for a number of clients operating in the plant or agricultural industry on a wide range of matters. We also have a deep understanding of the science involved as many of our lawyers have science degrees including biology and biochemistry.

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What others say

"Bristows has brilliant IP lawyers that understand the intricacies of patent disputes and transactions, particularly in the TMT and life sciences sectors."

MIP IP Stars, 2020

"Bristows has met and exceeded our standards and expectations."

Chambers and Partners Global 2020

"My overall impression of the firm is excellent"

Chambers and Partners Global 2020

"Bristows has a particular strength in advising on issues related to biotech and digital health platforms, as well as dealing with a range of data protection issues for health companies."

Chambers and Partners Global 2020

"The firm's dynamic range of expertise on legal and regulatory issues related to science-heavy industries has positioned it as an important international adviser for many companies involved at the intersection of health and technology."

Chambers and Partners Global 2020

Recent ranking and awards

Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology - Tier 1
Legal 500 2020

Life Sciences - Band 1
Chambers and Partners UK 2020

Life Sciences: IP/Patent Litigation - Band 1
Chambers and Partners UK 2020

Life Sciences & Pharmaceutical Sector (International & Cross-border) - Band 2
Chambers and Partners Global 2020

Life Sciences: Transactional - Band 2
Chambers and Partners UK 2020

Life Sciences - Band 4
Chambers and Partners Global 2020

Life Sciences - Band 4
Chambers and Partners Europe 2020

Life Sciences 
Leaders League UK 2020

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