Pinsents takes four-partner life sciences team from Fasken

Pinsent Masons has taken the heart of Fasken Martineau’s London life sciences practice, hiring group leader Paul Ranson and a team of partners.

Ranson, who joined Fasken Martineau as a partner in 2004 and led its life sciences practice, is expected to join Pinsents as a partner in the coming months. He will join with three other Fasken Martineau partners – Allistair Booth, Stuart Richards and Charles Waddell. It is not yet known whether any associates will follow. Before joining Fasken Martineau Ranson headed the healthcare group at Simmons & Simmons.

Ranson and his team will add licensing, commercial and regulatory capabilities to Pinsent Mason’s life sciences team in London, which has so far focused on patent litigation. Pinsent Masons was also keen to expand its numbers in life sciences, to allow department head Clare Tunstall to open up her client base to other partners.

Tunstall joined as part of a six-strong team from Roiter Zucker, which dissolved soon after his departure (24 May 2010). Tunstall focuses on generics in relation to patent litigation. She is the relationship partner for pharmaceuticals giant Teva, which is reportedly Israel’s largest company.

Pinsents TMT and sourcing head Clive Seddon said that the hires would be “transformational” for the practice. Clients are expected to follow Ranson and his team to Pinsents, but the firm would not give any detail. Ranson is known to act for 15 Healthcare, Nordic and Nycomed, among others.

In January, Pinsents hired litigators in Paris and London from Fenwick Elliott and BP, respectively (14 January 2013). Pinsents also announced last week that it was launching an office in Turkey after striking a deal with a local lawyer in the country (14 February 2013).

Fasken Martineau London managing partner Gary Howes said: “Several of Fasken Martineau’s London-based life sciences lawyers have made a decision to leave the firm. Movement by lawyers amongst firms is a regular occurrence, and indeed we’ve been a beneficiary of many such moves, and we wish them well. Our life sciences practice is a robust and important part of our business with a number of talented lawyers who offer great service to clients.”