Fieldfisher boasts a life sciences team of 60 lawyers with a depth of experience in the spectrum of legal specialisms that are most important in this sector. This includes specialists in life sciences corporate transactions, intellectual property related deals and commercial contracts, patent litigation, and life sciences compliance and regulatory matters.
Our specialist life sciences lawyers provide advice in all of the countries in which we operate and beyond those countries work with other highly regarded lawyers to provide seamless regulatory, compliance and other advice that enables our clients to get on with operating their businesses worldwide whilst relying on one-stop-shop for legal advice.
We work with pharmaceutical, medical device and biotech clients, helping them to grow and operate their businesses through thoughtfully negotiated transactions and the application of commercial and practical advice on compliance with the complex laws, regulations and codes which are to be found to this particular sector.
We work as a team to provide "bigger picture" advice to help pharmaceutical, medical device and biotech clients achieve their stated strategic goal for a particular matter, drawing on the experience of specialists in a number of practice areas. These include colleagues specialising in data privacy, competition law and tax and who are knowledgeable and up-to-date on the challenges affecting the businesses in this sector.
Growing life sciences companies engaging in research to support the regulation and marketing of products require advice on clinical trial regulation. Those engaging in corporate transactions and the sale of products seek our advice on the regulatory processes for obtaining and transferring marketing authorisations, the right to apply CE marks and on pricing and reimbursement regimes. In the UK, France, Germany and Belgium we have recognised life sciences regulatory experts to help with these questions when they arise.
In the increasingly compliance-conscious pharmaceutical and medical device world our compliance experts are also able to provide a view on the issues arising in any transaction or the day-to-day business of the company. We regularly advise life sciences companies on policies, processes and procedures as well as contractual clauses that can help when companies want to be able to successfully defend any claims of bribery or corruption. We also advise on advertising of products, helping to defend claims and shaping advertising campaigns that are compliant with the laws of a number of countries.
Many members of the life sciences team teach on the Cambridge University Masters of Bioscience Entrepreneurship (MBE) course, helping students intending to enter the biotech industry to understand the potential legal issues in developing a business in this sector.