London and south Wales firm Morgan Bruce is cashing in on its health service connections by launching a specialist service for the drugs industry.
The service is based at the practice's Fleet Street office and is headed by its new partner and pharmaceutical law specialist Anthony Warnock-Smith.
Warnock-Smith has joined the practice from Sanofi Winthrop, the UK arm of French healthcare and beauty firm Sanofi. Morgan Bruce has been retained by Sanofis to provide it with legal advice.
He said: "The UK drugs industry has an exciting future. It accounts for 33 per cent of the sales of the world's top 20 drugs. Lawyers have more than their fair share of excitement in pharmaceutical law which centres on liability issues and highly regulated intellectual property procedures.
"There will be no learning curve. I will be drawing on my experiences as an in-house lawyer to provide services for pharmaceutical clients and the firm's existing clients in the health sector."