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’ compact competition team has established itself as one of the market leaders in the pharmaceutical sector and for cases involving a crossover between antitrust and intellectual property.”

Global Competition Review 2021

“Strong UK-based practice offering expertise in pan-European IP matters, with a solid reputation in cross-border matters of both a transactional and contentious nature.”

Chambers and Partners Europe 2021

“Excellent advice on UK and European regulatory frameworks.”

Chambers and Partners Global 2021

“Excellent advice on UK and European commercial and corporate transactions for emerging innovators as well as giants of the life sciences industry.”

Chambers and Partners Global 2021

“A leading destination for advice with regard to digital health and medtech.”

Chambers and Partners Global 2021

“Bristows has a team of excellent professionals who deliver outcomes on time and have a great, client-friendly approach that makes cooperation very easy.”

Chambers and Partners Global 2021

“They are a great team to work with; it is easy and seamless.”

Chambers and Partners Global 2021

“There is a lot of expertise in the firm and the lawyers collaborate to provide the best service to their clients.”

Chambers and Partners Global 2021

“You are confident you will get really sound advice from them.”

Chambers and Partners Global 2021

“Strong UK-based practice offering expertise in pan-European IP matters.”

Chambers and Partners Global 2021

“Advises leading life science clients on patent litigation, with notable strength in revocation and enforcement proceedings.”

Chambers and Partners Global 2021

“Highly renowned boutique firm with an excellent reputation for its high level of technical expertise and industry focus on life sciences, new technology and online business.”

Chambers and Partners Global 2021

Bristows is “an important international adviser for many companies involved at the intersection of health and technology.”

Chambers and Partners Global 2021

“Bristows has great knowledge and skill in coordinating pan-European patent litigation, especially in the area of pharmaceuticals.”

Chambers and Partners Global 2021

“Superb patent litigation and IP practice.”

Chambers and Partners Global 2021

“Bristows remains very visible in litigation concerning SPCs.”

Juve UK 2021

“A great team to work with.”

Chambers and Partners 2021

“Their legal strategy and client management skills are phenomenal.”

Chambers and Partners 2021

“Bristows has a team of excellent professionals who deliver outcomes on time and have a great, client-friendly approach that makes cooperation very easy.”

Chambers and Partners 2021

“A leading destination for advice with regard to digital health and medtech, and associated data privacy issues.”

Chambers and Partners 2021

“Excellent advice on UK and European regulatory frameworks and also commercial and corporate transactions for emerging innovators as well as giants of the life sciences industry.”

Chambers and Partners 2021

“Superb patent litigation and IP practice.”

Chambers and Partners 2021

“Distinguished for its work on the commercialisation of IP at the vanguard of life sciences and technology.”

Chambers and Partners 2021

“Particularly sought after for biosimilars and telecommunications litigation.”

Chambers and Partners 2021

“They have deep professional relationships with a wide swath of organisations in every industry as well as with regulators.”

Legal 500 2021

“They are extremely experienced, thoughtful, pragmatic and measured.”

Legal 500 2021

“It has a particular specialism in advising charities in the fields of science, technology and engineering.”

Legal 500 2021

“They bring a strong risk management perspective to the advice that they provide.”

Legal 500 2021

“In a regulatory and commercial environment fraught with uncertainty, the Bristows team help their clients navigate through issues in a practical way with a clear road map towards a solution which is in line with the client objective.”

Legal 500 2021

Recent ranking and awards

Life Sciences and Healthcare - Tier 1
Legal 500 2021

Life Sciences - Band 1
Chambers and Partners UK 2021

Life Sciences: IP/Patent Litigation - Band 1
Chambers and Partners UK 2021

Life Sciences: Transactional - Band 2
Chambers and Partners UK 2021

Life Sciences & Pharmaceutical Sector (International & Cross-border) - Band 2
Chambers and Partners Global 2021

Life Sciences - Band 4
Chambers and Partners Global 2021

Life Sciences - Band 4
Chambers and Partners Europe 2021

Life Sciences 
Leaders League UK 2020

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