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Laura Anderson


Laura Anderson

+44 (0)20 7400 8377

Laura is Joint Head of Life Sciences. Laura specialises in non-contentious IP matters and has considerable experience of commercial arrangements relating to the development and exploitation of all kinds of intellectual property rights. She also advises on downstream deals, helping clients to bring innovative products to market.

Laura acts for clients across a range of sectors including life sciences, consumer products and TMT. She focuses on transactions which have IP rights at their core, as well as advising on the intellectual property aspects of corporate and funding transactions. Additionally, Laura has expertise in relation to advertising and marketing matters.

Laura is an established speaker at conferences, particularly in relation to licensing and collaborations. She has acted as an expert in US patent infringement proceedings advising on English law licensing issues.


  • BA Law, University of Durham
  • Diploma in EC Competition Law, University of Leuven, Belgium
  • Diploma in Intellectual Property Law and Practice, University of Bristol
  • Qualified 1993
  • Partner 2000

Recommended for

  • Life Sciences: Transactional - Chambers and Partners (2019/2018/2017/2016/2015)
  • Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom for Intellectual Property Law (2019/2018/2017/2016/2015)
  • Commercial Contracts - Legal 500 (2019/2018/2017/2016)
  • Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology - Legal 500 (2019/2018/2017/2016/2015)
  • IP transactions - Managing Intellectual Property, IP Stars (2019/2018/2017/2016)
  • Transactions (Outstanding Individual) - World Trademark Review (2019/2018/2017/2016)
  • Life Sciences: Transactional - Who's Who Legal (2019/2017)
  • Life Sciences: Transactions - Global Elite Thought Leaders Who's Who Legal 2019
  • Life Sciences - Expert Guides: Women in Business Law (2018)
  • Transactions: Highly recommended - IAM Patent 1000 (2018/2017/2016/2015)
  • Patents, Litigation and Life Sciences, Patent Litigation – Who’s Who Legal (2018)
  • WIPR Leader (2018)
  • Intellectual property - Legal 500 (2017)
  • Leading UK licensing lawyer - IP Draughts (2017)
  • Trademarks - Who's Who Legal (2017)
  • M&A: smaller deals up to £50m - Legal 500 (2016)

Laura Anderson " is very calm and knowledgeable and she gets things done. She really has an extra gear for this kind of work." - Chambers and Partners 2019

"Laura Anderson is joint head of life sciences at the firm and focuses on advising clients on the development and commercialisation of new life sciences technologies and innovative products. She is frequently relied on by international pharmaceutical companies, growth companies and academic organisations" - Chambers and Partners 2019

"Bringing a superb licensing and transactional skill set to the practice, Laura Anderson helps clients to get the most out of their intangible assets."- WTR, 2019

Laura Anderson has “a very deep understanding of the University Technology Transfer space”, report interviewees. Clients laud her “expert negotiation skills and style”, stating that she is “an expert in all aspects of what she does and is a delight to work with” - Who's Who Legal 2019

"Many multinational pharmaceutical giants count themselves lucky to have a hotline to the whip-smart Laura Anderson." - IAM Patent 1000 2018

Laura Anderson advises universities, multinationals and growth-stage companies on commercial IP transactions of all stripes. Sources say: "She is an excellent negotiator and a pleasure to work with."- Chambers and Partners 2018

"Laura Anderson is an ‘excellent negotiator and influencer and a pleasure to work with’." - Legal 500 2017 

"Laura Anderson advised Diageo on a joint venture with entrepreneur Piers Adam to develop a new whisky brand, Copper Dog, among other matters." - Legal 500 2017 

"Laura Anderson is a well-known transactional lawyer highlighted for her experience assisting with collaboration and licensing agreements. She also advises on M&A within the life sciences sector." - Chambers and Partners 2017 

"Laura Anderson 'takes a very commercial and client-friendly approach, and it’s very enjoyable working with her. She shows an excellent understanding of the pharmaceutical sector and the issues it faces'." - IAM Patent 1000 2017

"Transactions guru Laura Anderson, 'an extremely proficient licensing practitioner with an excellent understanding of brand commercialisation'." - World Trademark Review 2017 

"Laura Anderson is 'superb in IP transactions'." - Managing Intellectual Property, IP Stars 2016

"Another strategic marvel with business nous, Laura Anderson is a ‘really adept professional with an excellent understanding of the pharmaceutical sector and issues it faces’.” - IAM Patent 1000 2016

"Laura Anderson is well known in the sector for her advice on the drafting and negotiation of collaboration and licensing agreements. She is also recommended for IP-driven corporate deals." - Chambers and Partners 2016 

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