UK Bar: Life Sciences 2018

This year’s edition contains a new chapter, which recognises 26 leading barristers highlighted for their expertise across the life sciences sector. Those recognised are experienced in a range of matters including patent litigation and product liability defence work for some of the world’s most prominent life sciences companies.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Michael Tappin QC 8 New Square
2. Richard Meade QC 8 New Square
3. Iain Purvis QC 11 South Square
4. Daniel Alexander QC 8 New Square
1. Mark Chacksfield 8 New Square
2. James Whyte 8 New Square


8 NEW SQUARE is the largest specialised intellectual property chambers in the UK, with a world-renowned patent litigation practice. The set boasts the leading life sciences offering in our research with seven silks recognised for their expertise in the field.
Michael Tappin QC is “a top silk” who excels on the patent litigation stage. He draws effusive praise from commentators, who describe him as “very skilful, diligent and reliable”.
Richard Meade QC is “one of the most highly regarded barristers in this field” according to one respondent, thanks to his vast experience litigating in complex patent disputes.
Daniel Alexander QC is “a serious heavyweight silk” who is “right at the top of the tree” according to sources. He stands out for his “top-tier” work litigating in complex patent disputes in areas such as pharmaceuticals, medical devices and biotech.
“Brilliant advocate” Adrian Speck QC is “a pleasure to work with” according to sources who describe him as “incredibly thorough and always prepared”.
Charlotte May QC is a widely recognised figure in the UK market who stands out for her world-class patent litigation practice.

3 NEW SQUARE is another leading IP set which ranks prominently in our research, with four silks recognised for their patent disputes work in the life sciences sector.
Andrew Waugh QC is “a top advocate” who is highlighted for his “exceptional advocacy in the European Patent Court”. He particularly stands out for excellent grasp of technically complex cases in the biotechnology field.
Thomas Hinchliffe QC is widely recognised as one of the Bar’s leading experts when it comes to high-tech patent work in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors.

Members of HENDERSON CHAMBERS are renowned for their extensive experience advising and litigating in product liability cases involving pharmaceuticals and medical devices. Our research identifies three leading lights who are highlighted for their work in the field.
Prashant Popat QC is recommended for his top-tier work in the product liability arena, standing out for his expertise handling cases relating to medical devices. He impresses commentators across the board with his “calmness under fire, attention to detail and complete mastery of the subject matter”.
Oliver Campbell QC is a favourite among clients in the life sciences space who highlight him for his “expertise, eloquence and approachability”.
Toby Riley-Smith QC ranks prominently for his product liability practice, receiving wide-ranging endorsements for his vast experience litigating in group actions and mass tort claims. 

Leading IP chambers 11 SOUTH SQUARE is home to two impressive patent experts who are particularly strong in the life sciences sector.
Iain Purvis QC boasts “an excellent reputation” in the market thanks to his excellent grasp of complex technological concepts.
Piers Acland QC is “in high demand” for pharmaceutical patents work thanks to his technical background and superb style of delivery.


8 NEW SQUARE is also home to the highest number of leading juniors in the life sciences market according to our research, with four barristers receiving accolades.
Mark Chacksfield wins praise for his outstanding work in many of the leading pharmaceutical patent cases, with sources commenting that he is “a pleasure to work with”.
James Whyte is a “seriously intelligent” advocate, recognised for his “excellent” patent litigation practice. He stands out in our research as one of the leading juniors in the field of life sciences.

11 SOUTH SQUARE’s Anna Edwards-Stuart is “a serious name at the IP Bar” who receives widespread recognition for her “excellent” understanding of highly complex concepts in the life sciences-related patent disputes.
Also listed is the “exceptional” Kathryn Pickard, who is “a very skilful and charming barrister” and is held in high regard thanks to her technical know-how.

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