We act for a number of clients operating in the plant or agricultural industry on a wide range of matters.

Our work includes advising owners of plant variety rights on the validity, enforcement and exploitation of novel plant variety rights, including the use of customs enforcement proceedings, negotiation of licensing arrangements or evaluating the competition landscape, Bristows has a deep understanding of the legal issues affecting companies operating in this space. 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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Robert Burrows


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What others say

“Bristows has always been a first choice for life sciences clients.”

Juve UK 2023

“They are excellent, they have really good work and nice people there.”

Chambers and Partners 2023

“Their reputation is well deserved.”

Chambers and Partners 2023

“Bristows provides very strong and pragmatic advice founded on a deep understanding of the life sciences sector.”

Chambers and Partners 2023

“Bristows is known for its deep bench of high-calibre litigators with supreme expertise in contentious patent, trade mark, designs and copyright matters. The team is particularly sought after for biosimilars and telecommunications litigation, and is frequently instructed for standard-essential patent-related disputes. The Bristows IP team is also distinguished for its work on the commercialisation of IP at the vanguard of life sciences and technology, and is additionally recommended for its trade mark prosecution service.”

Chambers and Partners 2023

Recent rankings and awards

Life Sciences: Transactional - Band 2
Chambers and Partners UK 2023

Life Sciences: IP/Patent litigation  - Band 1
Chambers and Partners UK 2023

Life Sciences and Healthcare - Tier 1
Legal 500 2023

Life Sciences - Band 1
Chambers and Partners UK 2022

Life Sciences - Band 4
Chambers and Partners Europe 2022

Life Sciences - Band 4
Chambers and Partners Global 2022

Best Life Sciences Law Firm - Europe
Global Health & Pharma - Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Awards 2021

Life Sciences
Leaders League UK 2020