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 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

“Good team with specialist life science expertise, brings commercial/IP and corporate side together well on transactions.”

Legal 500 2021

“They always had an open ear for my needs, were open for discussions and brainstormings and are very easy to work with.”

Legal 500 2021

“Bristows stands out among the many exceptional patent law firms in the UK. The attorneys pay great attention to detail, while also observing the big picture and giving spot on advice.”

Legal 500 2021

“Bristows has a ‘first-rate life sciences team’.”

Legal 500 2021

“They are highly responsive and efficient – all while working within extremely tight deadlines.”

Legal 500 2021

“The team at Bristows is brilliant.”

Legal 500 2021

“Highly responsive and fun to work with. A big plus is the close integration with the patent and technology practices of the firm, allowing the team to command the most complex cases.”

Legal 500 2021

“By far and away, one of the best firms we have worked with.”

Legal 500 2021

“Extremely pragmatic. Looked for liberating solutions rather than looking to close doors as other lawyers might have done.”

Legal 500 2021

“Bristows LLP’s competition skills in the life sciences and TMT sectors would be difficult to match.”

Legal 500 2021

“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

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 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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