Pharmaceuticals and healthcare


Emma Levin

Mental healthcare provider OneBright hires first GC

UK mental healthcare provider OneBright has hired it first general counsel to support the expanding organisation. Emma Levin has been hired to take on the inaugural role, making the move from her current position as head of legal EV Europe at payment company Fleetcor on 8 January 2024. Levin began her career as a trainee […]


Latham and Skadden lead on £4.6bn Abcam acquisition

Advisers from Latham & Watkins and Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom have led on US conglomerate Danaher Corporation’s recent acquisition of Cambridge-based life science innovator Abcam in a $5.7bn transaction. Since Abcam’s AIM delisting in December 2022, Latham is understood to have been working closely with the company’s executive board as it faced calls […]

Corporate partner rejoins Stephenson Harwood after two years

A corporate partner who left Stephenson Harwood as part of a three-partner team in 2021 is moving back to her former firm. Karima Hudson, a corporate specialist, is leaving Taylor Wessing to rejoin Stephenson Harwood. She made the move alongside Andrew Edge and Andrew McClean in March 2021. All three partners have broad corporate practices, with […]


NHS cuts five firms from commercial panel

NHS Commercial Solutions is continuing to streamline its legal services framework, appointing 18 firms to its latest roster. Bevan Brittan, Clyde & Co, DAC Beachcroft, Hill Dickinson and Trowers & Hamlins have all been reappointed to the procurement organisation’s panel, while Ashfords, TLT, Weightmans and Womble Bond Dickinson have been newly appointed. Elsewhere, Addleshaw Goddard, […]


Arnold & Porter launches Amsterdam office with two-strong hire

US firm Arnold & Porter has launched an office in the Dutch capital of Amsterdam as it bids to take advantage of the city’s life sciences market. The firm has hired Hoyng Rokh Monegier (HRM) partner Carla Schoonderbeek to lead the office, with HRM counsel Bart Jong also joining as a partner. It is understood […]


Salmon fish

Simmons takes on salmon producers in £382m class action

Some of the world’s largest salmon producers are being hit with a new class action, alleging unlawful collusion to increase salmon prices for consumers. Simmons & Simmons is representing class representative Waterside, a special purpose vehicle represented by Anne Heal, former OpenReach managing director of strategy and regulatory affairs group director at BT. The claim […]

HS2 route

Judge slams Environment Agency and HS2 over litigation

Mrs Justice Joanna Smith has rebuked the Environment Agency (EA) and High Speed Two (HS2) for their taxpayer-funded litigation in judgment handed down today (21 June) at the Technology and Construction Court. In the conclusion to her judgment, she said: “By way of postscript, I observe that it is extremely unfortunate that these two bodies, […]

Sainsbury's Bank

Linklaters and A&O Shearman lead on Sainsbury’s Bank sale

Linklaters and A&O Shearman have capitalised on longstanding client relationships, acting on a deal in which Sainsbury’s banking business is sold to NatWest Group. Linklaters is acting for Sainsbury’s Bank with the team led by corporate partner Charles Turner, TMT partner Richard Cumbley and corporate managing associate Matthew Halliday. A&O Shearman is acting for NatWest, […]


Post Office scandal: Regulator probes over 20 solicitors and firms

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has over 20 live investigations ongoing into solicitors and firms who worked on behalf of the Post Office or Royal Mail Group. In a statement released yesterday, the regulator said it is looking into a number of issues raised in debates about the Horizon scandal. Between 2000 and 2015, Post Office […]

Milbank London

Milbank makes space for an extra 85 City lawyers

As part of a long-term plan for the City, Milbank is taking additional floor space in its office to make room for growth. The firm is adding an extra 15,000 sq ft in its 100 Liverpool Street home. This means that over the course of the next 10 years, the firm will be able to […]

Mitsubishi MUFG

Nine firms win roles on MUFG’s new panel

Japanese-headquartered Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group has appointed nine firms to its EMEA legal panel. Magic circle firms A&O Shearman, Linklaters and Clifford Chance have been reappointed to the panel, alongside Herbert Smith Freehills and Baker McKenzie. New firms to make the cut include Addleshaw Goddard, The Lawyer’s Law Firm of the Year, Latham & Watkins […]


One-fifth struck off Merricks/Mastercard class action, says Freshfields

The Competition Appeal Tribunal has handed down a judgment that time bars almost a third of the infringement period in the Merricks/Mastercard class action, as well as a fifth of the total claim, according to the defendant’s lawyers at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Class representative Walter Merricks’ claim had been brought to cover the period between […]

Bowden Philip index

A&O Shearman banking stalwart set to join Proskauer

A&O Shearman’s private capital sector co-lead — and also the former co-head of the magic circle firm’s banking group — is lining up a move to Proskauer Rose. The Lawyer understands that Philip Bowden is moving over to Proskauer after 25 years at legacy Allen & Overy (A&O). During that time he was promoted to […]

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 […]