Pharmaceuticals and healthcare

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Mills & Reeve triumphs for NHS in scrap over pharma drug

In a decision that could potentially save the NHS up to £500m a year, Mills & Reeve and Landmark Chambers yesterday secured a monumental Court of Appeal victory over Arnold & Porter and Covington & Burling, duly defeating two big pharma companies in the process. The contentious rematch saw both Bayer and Novartis fail to […]

Coronovirus in the workplace

US and European firms lead on $11.5bn purchase of disease test kit maker

Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, Linklaters and Hengeler Mueller all picked up roles on the $11.5bn acquisition of a German pharmaceutical testing company by a US scientific instruments maker. Wachtell, Hengeler and Dutch firm NautaDutilh acted for Thermo Fisher, which yesterday bought the testing company Qiagen, advised by De Brauw, Linklaters […]

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Fieldfisher loses third life sciences partner in four months

Fieldfisher has lost a London partner to US firm Arnold & Porter, in a move that marks yet another blow to Fieldfisher’s IP and life sciences practice following a string of departures. Partner Beatriz San Martin has joined the US firm having spent over a decade at Fieldfisher. She joined in 2004 and ascended to […]

DLA Piper roundtable: Dealing with the rise of digital therapeutics

The Lawyer, in association with DLA Piper, recently hosted a roundtable focusing on the growing number of obstacles and opportunities faced by law firms and businesses alike when working with digital therapeutics Co-moderators Roger Wagland – Research and digital product director, The LawyerTom Heylen – partner, DLA Piper Gareth Stokes – partner, DLA Piper Round […]

Novartis keeps firms waiting for results of global panel review

Swiss pharmaceutical powerhouse Novartis is nearing the end of its global legal panel review, which is understood to have been launched earlier this year. The panel is underway following the appointment of GC Shannon Thyme Klinger, who took on the role in June 2018, replacing Felix Ehrat. Her appointment came four months after Novartis also […]

Analysis

Hogan Lovells adds 170 more laptops to cover remote working shortages

Hogan Lovells purchased hundreds of laptops globally, as it emerged not enough equipment would be available when the firm carried out a remote working test last month. The hastened procurement effort was sparked by the realisation, during a firmwide remote working test, that a number of staff members in business services and secretarial functions were […]

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BCLP grabs two more partners from Paris boutique

The ever-expanding Paris office of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BCLP) has hired yet more lawyers from a boutique French firm, this time adding in employment and antitrust. The lawyers all join from Franklin; they are antitrust partner Julie Catala Marty, employment partner Claire Fougea and employment of counsel Marion Brière Ségala, who joins BCLP as […]

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King & Spalding loses QC to Wilberforce

Wilberforce Chambers has secured the services of a high-profile silk from private practice, with Stuart Isaacs QC joining the set from King & Spalding. After a five-year stint as a partner in the global disputes team at King & Spalding, the commercial specialist will now resume his practice at the Bar. Isaacs is the second […]

Speed read

The speed read: junior concerns; restructuring booms; and NRF rolls back the years

This week saw Norton Rose Fulbright revive its Flex scheme of 2009/10, while junior barristers voiced concerns over their livelihoods. Here are the key takeaways. Norton Rose Fulbright rolls back the years As we’ll no doubt be reminding people a lot in the coming weeks, the firm that probably came out best reputation-wise from the […]

Ely Place

Ely Place Chambers to close its doors for good after two decades

Ely Place Chambers is to cease operations from the end of July, as the Bar as a whole faces economic upheaval during the coronavirus pandemic. The set will not continue “in its present form” from the summer, at which point some members are expected to move to new homes. Others are “investigating creating a new […]

Forsters real estate

Forsters lures 10-lawyer real estate team from Orrick

A ten-lawyer real estate team, led by partner Anne O’Neill, is to leave Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe’s London office for West End firm Forsters. O’Neill joined Orrick in 2005 from the now-dissolved Coudert Brothers, and was one of eight of its London partners to move in one go. She led Orrick’s UK real estate practice […]

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Balfour Beatty GC resurfaces at Aldermore Bank

Former Balfour Beatty general counsel Jonathan Lagan has landed in the top legal role at Aldermore Bank. Lagan joins the FTSE 250 bank after a short spell at the construction giant. At Aldermore, Lagan will be responsible for all legal issues and risk including leading the legal and company secretarial teams, and will work with […]

Stephenson Harwood signs up for more space in London HQ

While firms such as Linklaters and Cooley have spent the last few years scouring the City for new homes, Stephenson Harwood has decided to stay put, instead taking additional space in its HQ. Stephenson Harwood has expanded its Finsbury Circus home and extended the lease, so will now remain there until 2030. The firm has […]

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Cuts expected as Sainsbury’s panel process gets underway

Sainsbury’s is kickstarting a review of its £10m-a-year legal panel and is likely to axe  the number of external firms it uses. “We’ve got an insanely competitive retail market at the moment and a lot of retailers are under a lot of pressure – and we’re no different,” said legal services director Nick Grant. “It’s […]

Featured Briefings

Registration of medicines in the Eurasian Economic Union

At the Pharmaceutical Forum of the EAEU and CIS countries held in Moscow in late February 2018, the Director of the Department of Technical Regulation and Accreditation of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEС) said that the full-scale work on registration of medicines using the unified information system of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) will start […]

Revolutionising Africa’s healthcare system

By Robert Breedon, Tom Gray, Elwin Morgan Africa’s healthcare is in the midst of an innovation revolution that, as PwC say, “…is transforming Africa’s economic potential, creating new target markets and unprecedented consumer choice”. This innovation revolution is powered in part by traditional methods of funding human capital development in areas such as development and […]

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