Life sciences

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

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

“We appreciate the technical knowledge and skills the Bristows partners have when it comes to the patent.”

Chambers and Partners 2022

“They are all accomplished litigators with a particular strength in life sciences cases.”

Legal 500 2022

“The individuals live and breathe their subject matter, know the industry inside out and are supported by their excellent regulatory and competition colleagues, which helps them stand out in global pharma litigation.”

Legal 500 2022

“Probably the best UK-focused IP and TMT firm around.”

Legal 500 2022

“[The regulatory team] are committed to not only giving high quality advice but also supporting education and upskilling within the client team to support continuous learning and improvement.”

Legal 500 2022

“Partners are very hands-on, always available and a pleasure to work with.”

Legal 500 2022

“The quality that Bristows provides is exceptionally high.”

Legal 500 2022

“They have a perfect understanding of the client’s needs and a diverse team of experts to fulfil these.”

Legal 500 2022

“Apart from their outstanding professional skills, all team members are very approachable and always open for a quick discussion.”

Legal 500 2022

“Exceptionally high quality life sciences practice.”

Legal 500 2022

“Keen young team that is happy to go the extra mile. Easy to use. I try other teams but keep returning to them. Part of a market leading life sciences practice. They understand what we do.”

Legal 500 2022

“Bristows is strong in building up an efficient team which consists of specialists in different fields so that a client can receive exactly what they want.”

Legal 500 2022

Bristows “have a well organised database and network of specialists in other countries to deal with multinational issues.”

Legal 500 2022

“Bristows remains top tier, resulting from the depth of strength throughout the partners (and indeed across the whole group).”

Legal 500 2022

“The individuals live and breathe their subject matter, know the industry inside out and are supported by their excellent regulatory and competition colleagues.”

Legal 500 2022

“The Bristows regulatory team are solution-oriented, practical lawyers which is a differentiator when looking for regulatory counsel.”

Legal 500 2022

“As well as its core EU and competition expertise, Bristows brings a deep sectoral knowledge to bear on all issues it advises on.”

Legal 500 2022

“Very attuned to market developments, the team is able to provide highly tailored and insightful advice.”

Legal 500 2022

“Bristows are always there when we need them, no matter the challenges.”

Legal 500 2022

“There is a huge wealth of talent in the team, as well as a deep understanding of the sector and current trends. This ability to contextualise the legal advice given is immeasurably beneficial to clients.”

Legal 500 2022

“Experienced, knowledgeable and well-connected, good at the practical application of competition law.”

Legal 500 2022

“Bristows was a valued partner in the success of making our vision become a reality.”

Stephanie Morris, Director of Industry Partnerships and Commercialisation at Imperial College London

“They enabled a very positive conclusion to the overall deal.”

Richard Fagan, Director of BioPharma at UCL Business

“Their expertise made them the perfect partner to work with on the highly complex Apollo transaction.”

Richard Fagan, Director of BioPharma at UCL Business

“UCLB has worked with Bristows for over 25 years, in relation to intellectual property licensing transactions as well as corporate transactions such as spinout formation.”

Richard Fagan, Director of BioPharma at UCL Business

“Bristows’ knowledge of the life sciences market and players, as well as their licensing expertise, was invaluable as we navigated this complex transaction.”

Iain Thomas, Cambridge Enterprise’s Head of Life Sciences

“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

Recent ranking and awards

Life Sciences and Healthcare - Tier 1

Life Sciences - Band 1

Life Sciences: IP/Patent Litigation - Band 1

Life Sciences: Transactional - Band 2

Best Life Sciences Law Firm - Europe

Life Sciences & Pharmaceutical Sector (International & Cross-border) - Band 2

Life Sciences - Band 4

Life Sciences - Band 4

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