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 […]

Taylor Wessing eyes big pharma investment as Dublin hub launches

While many firms have placed competition and regulatory at the heart of their Dublin strategy, Taylor Wessing has said its new office will focus on picking up new tech and life sciences business as private equity interest grows. The firm recently hired Adam Griffiths to lead the new operations, who was previously a member of […]

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Test & Trace GC exits for new role

Test & Trace general counsel Dan Toner has left the national programme’s legal function, a year after joining to help get it off the ground in the battle against Covid-19. Toner was brought in as GC of Test & Trace last summer. It was launched on 28 May as part of the Government’s Covid recovery […]

What3Words GC moves to Seedcamp-backed healthtech Thriva

What3Words’ general counsel is set to join healthtech Thriva after scaling up the app’s legal function. Rachael Carolan joined geocoding app What3Words as its first lawyer in 2018 from GoCardless. She qualified at Herbert Smith Freehills in 2014 and then moved in-house to Accenture. Carolan will join UK health tracking platform Thriva as chief legal […]

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Network Rail legal head moves to mental health provider

Network Rail’s head of legal has joined private mental health services provider Elysium. John Rowland served as head of legal at Network Rail for two years, during which time he spent a secondment in the railway manager’s finance department as a financial controller. He joins Elysium as a legal director where he will head up […]

Simplyhealth GC departs after seven years

Simplyhealth’s general counsel has moved to healthcare communications company Lucid Group. Jon Jansen-Alder leaves Simplyhealth after seven years, including five as its first GC. He trained at legacy Morgan Cole before moving to Reading firm Boyes Turner in 2008. Before joining Simplyhealth in 2014, Jansen-Alder was a commercial lawyer in Siemens UK healthcare sector and […]

Amazon senior counsel joins Health Data Research UK

An Amazon senior corporate counsel has been appointed head of legal at Health Data Research (HDR) UK to set up its legal function. Cassandra Smith joins HDR UK, the national institute for health data science, as head of legal and member of the executive committee. In the role, she will lead the development of HDR […]