Consistently ranked in the top tier of legal directories, we are recognised experts at the forefront of legal developments in the pharma and biotech industry. Bristows is a trusted advisor to the world’s leading pharmaceutical and biotech companies, with one of the most highly-regarded life sciences practices in the world.

Bristows’ market-leading Patent Litigation team enforces and defends patents globally for blockbuster pharmaceutical products belonging to the largest and most successful life sciences companies. We have extensive experience of coordinating cross-border litigation and developing successful litigation strategies in complex cases, supported by regulatory and competition specialists. We also provide launch-critical due diligence and FTO advice on the intellectual property associated with drug products.

Our regulatory team specialises in all aspects of EU and UK regulatory law in the bio-pharmaceutical and medical devices sectors. With extensive knowledge and experience of the industry, the team advises on product life cycle management, regulatory exclusivities, clinical trials and studies, orphan medicinal products, paediatric medicines and parallel trade. We also advise clients on technologies that are changing the sector and experiencing regulatory evolution, such as genomics, companion diagnostics, cell and gene therapies and healthcare apps. 

Our transactional lawyers advise on strategically important corporate deals and commercial collaborations for some of the world’s most innovative pharmaceutical and biotech businesses. We are immersed in the life sciences sector at every level. The issues we advise on include anything from high value research and development agreements and strategic collaborations, acquisitions and disposals of assets and facilities, financing transactions, licensing and clinical trials through to manufacturing, supply and distribution arrangements, together with associated competition law issues. Our Commercial IP team has particular expertise in working on cell and gene therapy matters, as well as advising on digital health, AI and data science projects.

Key contacts

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Richard Dickinson


What others say

“Bristows is a very good firm, particularly in coordinating multi-jurisdictional litigation. They have a good network of colleagues across Europe.”

Chambers and Partners Europe 2024

“They are really great, client-centric, and very knowledgeable about the industry. The Bristows team comes up with pragmatic solutions, and adds a personal touch to advice. They have a solid team across the board. I do not see them as just there to make a profit. They are efficient and true partners.”

Chambers and Partners Europe 2024

“They are very strong in the life sciences area with deep understanding of the regulations and requirements. They deliver as promised, are friendly to work with and communicate clearly and openly.”

Chambers and Partners 2024

“One of the UK’s leading life sciences practices. Across the firm, there is tremendous strength in depth. Great understanding of the market through acting for a wide range of clients.”

Legal 500 2024

“A ‘truly exceptional’ [Life sciences] practice which assists clients with the full gamut of commercial, regulatory and IP-related issues.”

Legal 500 2024

Recent rankings and awards

Life Sciences & Pharmaceutical Sector (International & Cross-Border) - Band 3

Life Sciences (Europe wide) - Band 4

Life Sciences: Transactional - Band 2

Life Sciences: IP/Patent litigation - Band 1

Life Sciences and Healthcare - Tier 1

Life Sciences - Band 1

Life Sciences - Band 4

Life Sciences - Band 4

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

Best Life Sciences Law Firm - Europe

Life Sciences