Pharmaceuticals and healthcare


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 […]

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Places up for grabs on new £200m NHS panel

The panel spots of 28 firms are up for review as the NHS commences a tender valued at £200m. NHS Shared Business Services (SBS) is putting together a national framework agreement for the provision of legal services. NHS SBS is a joint venture between the Department of Health and French IT services company Sopra Steria […]


GSK and Pfizer got their Haleon deal across the line: here’s how

What is it like working on one of the UK’s largest corporate demergers for 20 years? To find out, The Lawyer spoke to GSK’s Sarah Clements on the role played by the in-house teams involved. Clements, who is GSK’s legal head of group transformation and separation, worked alongside its group general counsel James Ford and […]

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Warburg Pincus’ new pharma purchase appoints GC

Pharmaceutical research and analytics group Pharma Intelligence has appointed a new general counsel. Vicky Harris comes from Warburg Pincus where she was a consultant. She moves into her role as general counsel for Pharma Intelligence, given that the acquisition of the business by the private house has now completed. In February this year, The Lawyer reported that […]

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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 […]