Australia: Life Sciences 2018

In this chapter, we recognise 33 top-rated lawyers who boast a stellar reputation for their work assisting life sciences companies with a range of matters including commercial transactions, patent litigation, regulatory matters and product liability defence.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Odette Gourley Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Sydney
2. Greg Williams Clayton Utz, Sydney
3. Colin Loveday Clayton Utz, Sydney
4. Bernard O'Shea Norton Rose Fulbright Australia, Melbourne
5. Richard Hamer Allens, Melbourne
6. Andrew Morrison Clayton Utz, Melbourne

Top Australian law firm Clayton Utz is the leading firm in this area. This year, seven lawyers are highlighted for their expertise advising and acting for life sciences companies in regulatory matters and product liability claims.
Greg Williams wins praise for his “excellent” work defending life sciences companies in complex product liability cases. He also stands out for his work in the regulatory sphere, where he is praised for his “through and comprehensive advice”.
Colin Loveday is a recognised Thought Leader in the life sciences space and is internationally regarded for his vast experience defending prominent pharmaceutical and medical devices companies in class action suits.
Andrew Morrison is “a very talented and capable lawyer” according to sources, who recommend him in the product liability arena. He is described as an “excellent, smart and sophisticated” lawyer who is renowned for the depth of his expertise.
Sources call Stuart Clark AM “a great lawyer with a broad perspective”. He particularly stands out for his “extraordinarily good” work handling complex product liability litigation for life sciences companies.
The “excellent” Ross McInnes commands respect in the market for his superb skill as a litigator. He also wins praise for his work advising pharmaceutical and medical devices companies on a range of regulatory matters.

Allens is an international commercial law firm that boasts a strong life sciences practice group. This year, four standout names in the market are recognised.
Richard Hamer is internationally renowned as a leader in the field of patent litigation, and wins praise for his brilliant work representing pharmaceutical companies in a range of proceedings and advising them on commercial intellectual property transactions.
Commentators agree that Peter O'Donahoo is “absolutely deserving of inclusion,” commending his “spectacular” work defending product claims concerning pharmaceuticals. 
Philip Kerr is a stellar patent litigator who is warmly endorsed by sources across the globe who appreciate his vast expertise and experience in the field.
Sarah Matheson is a top name, recommended for her expert handling of a wide range of contentious and non-contentious intellectual property matters affecting clients in the life sciences sector.

Ashurst also stands out as a notable firm in our research securing two listings here.
Peter Chalk is endorsed by international sources for his strong expertise handling non-contentious IP matters and licensing transactions for medical devices companies.
Grant Fisher boasts more than 26 years’ experience litigating in intellectual property disputes for companies across a range of sectors, including pharmaceuticals and medical devices.

The “brilliant” Odette Gourley at Corrs Chambers Westgarth is internationally recognised as a pre-eminent name in the life sciences space, and draws wide-ranging recommendations for her leading expertise handling complex patent disputes.

The “excellent” Bernard O'Shea at Norton Rose Fulbright Australia is a Thought Leader in our life sciences research and is widely considered a standout name for handling regulatory matters and complex transactions for life sciences companies.

Katrina Howard SC of Ninth Floor Selborne Chambers comes “highly recommended” as a leading light in the life sciences space, garnering praise for her expert handling of patent disputes.

At Jones Day, Anthony Muratore gains recognition this year as a standout figure in the patent litigation arena. Sources commend his adept handling of complex IP disputes involving pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and healthcare matters.

Tony Bannon SC at Wentworth Chambers is “a standout barrister in this area” according to sources. He is widely respected for his work relating to IP disputes where he is considered “one of the best-known names”.

Madeleine Kearney at Ash Street is “a specialist” in the life sciences space according to sources, who appreciate her “deep knowledge of product regulation and liability”.

Richard Jarvis at Davies Collison Cave Law has more than 33 years’ experience in the field and boasts vast experience acting in a wide range of intellectual property disputes, including complex litigation in the biotechnology space.

Wayne McMaster at MinterEllison is a well-recognised practitioner with a wealth of experience as an intellectual property litigator. He regularly assists prominent clients in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology spaces with the drafting and negotiation of commercial technology agreements.

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