The global increase in life expectancy, changes in lifestyle and the demand for quality care have stimulated innovations in medical technology particularly in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases, as well as the management and delivery of healthcare.

The continuing transformation of the healthcare sector requires lawyers who have an in-depth understanding of not only the law but also the challenges and needs of the sector. Our specialisation is rooted in the experience and interest of our team, who, among them, have worked on the full range of transactions and mandates that healthcare clients are likely to encounter. Our unique experience and strengths allow us to deliver innovate legal solutions from a commercial and practical perspective.

We act for a variety of clients, including healthcare companies, Royal Colleges and NHS organisations.We combine expertise from across the firm to deliver a complete legal service across the range of matters our clients may encounter, this includes:

Health/Technology

  • Advice on clinical trials for both new drugs and new medical devices
  • Advising on the use of technology to provide medical information; we are at the forefront of advising on telecare, telehealth and telemedicine
  • Advising manufacturers and purchasers of medical devices
  • Advising on software matters

Commercial law

  • Agency and distribution arrangements
  • Healthcare professional consultancy agreements
  • Collaboration agreements
  • Outsourcing
  • Technology and data licensing and procurement
  • Licensing of all forms of intellectual property
  • Patent searching, drafting, filing and prosecution
  • Patent opposition
  • Supply, servicing & manufacturing agreements
  • Inter-group agreements
  • Regulatory advice such as compliance with the Bribery Act
  • Data privacy compliance advice, with specialist knowledge of data protection in the healthcare/patient context

Corporate law

  • Mergers & acquisitions
  • Venture capital and private equity
  • Group reorganisations
  • Joint ventures
  • Banking and finance, reorganisation and insolvencies
  • Equity Capital Markets
  • International and cross-border transactions across Europe, Americas, Asia, Middle East and Africa

Dispute resolution

  • Alternative dispute resolution
  • Asset-freezing orders, injunctions
  • Commercial contract and banking disputes
  • Litigation and arbitration under different arbitral rules
  • Cross-border disputes including termination of agents and distributors

Employment

  • Hiring staff (as employees, consultants or agency workers)
  • Restrictive covenants
  • Employment policies and procedures
  • TUPE, particularly in the context of Outsourcing

Immigration

  • Sponsor licences
  • Visa applications
  • Advice on immigration solutions outside the points-based system

Intellectual Property

Our in-house team of trade mark and patent attorneys advise on all aspects of IP protection, including:

  • Licensing, registration & disputes
  • Registration of patents for medical devices including surgical tools and dental implant tools

International

Through our trusted global network of law firms, we are able to provide a seamless multi-jurisdictional service, using only known and trusted lawyers.

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