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Recent rankings and awards

  • Life Sciences – Top tier

    Chambers and Partners UK 2017

  • Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology - Top tier
    Legal 500 2017
  • Life Sciences Chambers and Partners 2017

    Chambers and Partners Europe 2017

What others say

"A leading destination for advice with regard to digital health and medtech, and associated data privacy issues."
Chambers and Partners 2019

"They provide a great service. They have a really business-friendly style of drafting and they're very good at drafting in a way that laypeople can understand. They always have an eye on commerciality and know instinctively which issues are important."
Chambers and Partners 2019

"The 'excellent' and 'client-focused' Bristows LLP has a strong reputation in patent litigation, but also works on matters involving transactions, regulations and competition."
Legal 500 2019/2018

"According to one client, Bristows LLP is ‘the complete package’. The firms advises on the full remit of IP, with an emphasis on patent litigation, as well as transactional, regulatory, competition and contentious matters for high-profile clients across the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical devices industries. It also has particular expertise advising charities and other not-for-profit organisations on fundraising, collaborations, licensing transactions and corporate governance. Leveraging its strong expertise in the areas of IT, digital communications and data privacy, the firm is regularly called on by clients to advise on matters at the intersection between life sciences and technology; highlights included advising a number of med-tech companies on new collaborations, product launches and regulatory compliance. In another illustration of its reputation in the market, the team continues to assist Novartis with the enforcement of patents for its blockbuster medicines."
Legal 500 2017

"Bristows LLP also assisted biosimilar manufacturer Celltrion with its action to revoke three European and UK patents belonging to Biogen, F Hoffman La Roche and Genentech, relating to the use of a chimeric anti CD20 antibody for the treatment of chronic lymphocytic leukaemia and rheumatoid arthritis; and advised AstraZeneca on the sale to Avara of its pharmaceutical manufacturing business and facility in Avonmouth, Bristol. Laura Anderson is an ‘excellent negotiator and influencer and a pleasure to work with’ and jointly heads the group with patent litigator Liz Cohen... Corporate partners Mark Hawes and Marek Petecki, competition specialist Pat Treacy, Unified Patent Court (UPC) expert Edward Nodder and associate Rachel Mumby are also recommended."
Legal 500 2017

"Co-operative for keeping a consistency with other jurisdictions."
Chambers Europe 2017

"They are my first port of call for everything - they really stand out for their on-the-ground life sciences expertise."
Chambers and Partners 2017

"The service is excellent - they give practical advice and they are responsive."
Chambers and Partners 2017

"Bristows LLP has ‘quality at all levels, and partners are prepared to roll up their sleeves and get stuck in’. IP lawyer Sally Field heads the team, which includes ‘bright and conscientious’ patent litigators Brian Cordery and Robert Burrows; ‘first-class’ regulatory specialist Marie Manley; transactional lawyer Laura Anderson; and competition expert Pat Treacy. The firm is assisting Novartis with the defence of its patents for cancer drug Glivec, and represented Seattle Genetics in a dispute with the Austrian Patent Office regarding the duration of a supplementary protection certificate. AstraZeneca, Genomics England and Smith & Nephew are clients."
Legal 500 2016

"Bristows is an esteemed centre of life sciences legal expertise in London and one of the top independent firms in our research. Co-head of the firm’s patent litigation team Brian Cordery is frequently referred to as 'one of the top patent litigators in the country'. Sources are effusive about him: 'He is extremely good with clients, a joy to work with and a very, very good lawyer.' Head of the regulatory department Maria Isabel Manley is an expert in the contentious and non-contentious matters arising out of a product’s full life cycle. She is 'absolutely fantastic', according to respondents, who state that 'any matters that get sent through to her are handled faultlessly'."
Who's Who Legal 2016

"We have developed a very strong relationship with them and have never been disappointed."
Chambers and Partners 2016

"Always very impressive."
Chambers and Partners 2016

"The ‘team of dedicated professionals’ at Bristows LLP ‘really knows the industry sector, in particular the current trends and legal thinking of the EMA and EU Commission’. Recently promoted IP litigation expert Dominic Adair assisted Novartis with the international coordination of its patent litigation relating to its drug Galvus; and advised the same client on the defence of its patents for the cancer medicine Glivec. IP and patent litigator Sally Field heads the team, supported by the highly regarded Marie Manley, Edward Nodder, Laura Anderson, and Liz Cohen."
Legal 500 2015

"This is a strong niche practice specialised in patent litigation and also doing quite a lot of regulatory work."
Chambers Global 2015

"The partners are unusually hands-on."  
Chambers and Partners 2015

"Excellent knowledge of pharmaceutical regulation and comitology."  
Chambers and Partners 2015

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