Bristows is delighted to announce the promotion of three new partners

The new partner promotions reflect Bristows’ commitment to the unique Life Sciences and Technology expertise that underpins the firm’s full service offering to clients.


Representing transactional and contentious areas of specialism including IP, Data & Privacy, Licensing, Tax, Real Estate, Technology and Life Sciences, the new partners are:

Julia Cockroft

Julia is a corporate and real estate tax specialist. Ground-breaking science and technology often underpin her clients’ businesses and the breadth of her tax expertise supports throughout their journey: from early stage companies accessing University spin-out relief and raising SEIS, EIS or VCT finance to large listed household names structuring their financing, M&A and licensing transactions. Real estate tax forms a significant part of Julia’s practice thanks to her SDLT, VAT and construction industry scheme expertise. Julia also frequently advises on tax efficient employee share incentive arrangements. Julia has a keen interest in the international tax developments linked to the digital economy and the intersection between tax and technology, having spoken on topics ranging from the taxation of cryptocurrency to tax in the metaverse. Julia holds a committee role at the Chartered Institute of Taxation and has a particular passion for increasing the diversity of, and access to, the tax profession.

Hannah Crowther

A data protection and privacy law expert, Hannah works with multinational and UK organisations, helping them to navigate the changing landscape of EU and UK data protection law. She brings deep expertise and commerciality to a wide range of EU and UK data protection and privacy issues (transactional and litigation), including ‘accountability’, data transfers, Binding Corporate Rules, adtech, data subjects rights, Artificial Intelligence and direct marketing. Her practice also includes a significant amount of contentious work, advising clients on managing personal data breaches and enforcement by the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) and other EU data protection authorities, including the CNIL and Irish Data Protection Commission.

Ellen Lambrix

Ellen is a member of the firm’s commercial and IP transactions practice and specialises in advising clients on matters involving the development and exploitation of IP rights. She advises clients across a range of sectors including life sciences and consumer products and her clients range from large multinational companies, start-ups and growing companies to specialist investors, spin outs and academic research organisations. Ellen frequently advises on high value licensing and collaboration deals and other arrangements to assist her clients with the development and commercialisation of their technologies, brands and other valuable IP. She is also a key member of our cross-disciplinary team, supporting our IP litigation practice by advising on settlement agreements, and our corporate and financing teams on IP issues arising in the context of corporate transactions. With a background in chemistry, Ellen has a particular interest in the life science sector and in recent years has advised on a number of complex transactions relating to cutting edge technologies, including cell and gene therapies and vaccines.

Joint Managing Partners:

Steve Smith: “On behalf of everyone at the firm I warmly congratulate Ellen, Julia and Hannah on their promotion. They have demonstrated exceptional commitment to the long-term success of our clients and the wonderful culture that we have at Bristows.
We bring a unique combination of expertise to the work we do with and for our clients, across all parts of the life sciences and technology space. I am delighted that these promotions represent our ongoing commitment to all our clients, across all sectors, to continue to support them in achieving their business objectives. ”

Liz Cohen: “At the same time as congratulating Miranda Cass, our newly elected Senior Partner, it’s really pleasing that we have again increased the gender diversity amongst our partners with these promotions. I am thrilled to welcome such talented individuals to the partnership and look forward to continuing to grow our world class service to clients. ”

The promotions (effective 1 May 2023) bring the total number of partners at Bristows to 46 across its offices in London and Brussels. For more information about Bristows LLP, our expertise, values and client service offering, please see

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