Pharmaceuticals and healthcare


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Dechert partner exits for Sidley Austin

Sidley Austin is adding a new partner to its corporate and life sciences group from Dechert. Robert Darwin is leaving Dechert after just over three years, which he joined in late 2018 from Hogan Lovells. After training at Slaughter and May in 2004, Darwin went on to work for Faegre & Benson and Withers. He joined Hogan Lovells […]


Eleven firms secure places on NHS roster

NHS Resolution, which helps to resolve disputes for the UK Government organisation, has cut the number of firms on its roster from to 13 to 11. Alongside the reduction in firm numbers, the value of the panel has also been cut from £523m to just under £200m. Three lots had previously been announced in 2017, […]


Raft of firms pick up roles on Clinigen-Triton buy-out

Ashurst, Addleshaw Goddard and White & Case have inked a takeover for Burton-on-Trent-based pharmaceutical company Clinigen to be netted up in an all-cash deal by Triton Investment Management for £1.2bn. Ashurst acted as the legal advisers to Clinigen. The team was spearheaded by Ashurst chair Karen Davies, and assisted by senior corporate associates, Aimee Carroll-Hewitt […]

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Goodwin strikes Dechert again to boost Paris ranks

Goodwin has hired a new partner from Dechert to bolster its life sciences and tech practice in France. Intellectual property partner Marie Fillon will work with Paris-based technology and life sciences partners Anne-Charlotte Rivière, Thomas Dupont-Sentilles and Benjamin Garçon. Rivière was also hired last April from Dechert to kickstart the practice. An expert on IP […]

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UK Health and Safety Executive kicks off £3m panel review

The UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is seeking five firms for its new £3m panel. The Merseyside-headquartered body is responsible for ensuring that risks to people’s health and safety from work activities are properly controlled. The panel will primarily provide support in its regulatory work in England and Wales. The previous panel ran from […]


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Judge takes aim at “noticeably high” costs in Russian bank stand-off

A High Court judge has warned against “judicial amnesia” over soaring costs generated by major litigation, as interim fees incurred by oligarchs in the long-running PJSC National Bank Trust case exceed £2m. In the latest update to the oligarch court battle brought against PJSC National Bank Trust, Mr Justice Foxton awarded deducted costs to three […]

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Lawyers rebuked over £1m costs schedule

A High Court judge has issued a retort to law firms and their costs, describing fees submitted on a case as “wasteful of the parties’ and the court’s resources.” In a case brought by Invest Bank against a Lebanese businessman and his family, Justice Andrew Baker noted that costs schedules filed by Stewarts Law, Fladgate, […]

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Travers unveils 11-strong promotions round

Eleven lawyers have made the grade in this year’s promotions at Travers Smith, the largest round to be announced by the firm. Out of the eleven, four of the lawyers trained at Travers Smith. Two lawyers are made up in private equity; Victoria Bramall and Alex Dixon, who trained at Allen & Overy and Clifford […]


Linklaters lands IP hire from Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright has lost a third partner this year to the magic circle, this time in intellectual property. Paul Joseph joins Linklaters’ global IP practice where he will be based in London. He joined Norton Rose Fulbright in 2020 as partner and before that he was at RPC for over 10 years. He started […]

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ENRC decision: Former Dechert partner “in breach of duties”, judge rules

Dechert has said it is evaluating today’s ENRC judgment against the firm and its former white-collar co-head to “see what we should learn from it”. In a judgment released today, former Dechert partner Neil Gerrard has been found to be “the instigator of all three leaks to the press”, which led to the mammoth dispute […]

Seddons-Lawrence Stephens merger collapses late on

The proposed merger between London firms Seddons and Lawrence Stephens will not take place after talks fell through. The tie-up looked to be a done deal after the pair announced in April they were in advanced discussions to combine in October 2022. The deal would have created a firm of over 180 people with turnover […]

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BCLP construction duo exit for Mishcon

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner is set to lose two partners from its non-contentious construction team to Mishcon de Reya. Duo Marc Hanson and Adriano Amorese are moving to Mishcon de Reya, after both spending over a decade with the firm. Veteran Hanson joined legacy firm Berwin Leighton Paisner in 2011, before which he led Ashurst’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 […]