UK Bar: Life Sciences 2019

We recognise 35 barristers in the life sciences sector this year, 24 silks and 11 juniors, for their work in complex patent litigation, regulatory and product liability matters.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Michael Tappin QC  8 New Square
2. Richard Meade QC  8 New Square
3. Tom Hinchliffe QC  3 New Square 
4. Daniel Alexander QC  8 New Square
1. Miles Copeland  3 New Square
2. James Whyte  8 New Square 


8 New Square is a leading set specialising in intellectual property issues and sees 11 barristers listed here.
Michael Tappin QC is an expert in high-profile patent cases, with experience across a range of sectors involving pharma, telecoms and biotechnology. Peers say “he is a strong member of the patents Bar, he is very intellectual and knows all the details”.
Richard Meade QC is “very good and always busy” in the life sciences sector, and stands out for his excellent work representing clients in high-value contentious patents proceedings.
Daniel Alexander QC has notable experience in highly technical and complex patent cases that span a wide range of sectors, demonstrating impressive knowledge of sector-specific issues. Peers report that he is “great to work with and very considered”.
Charlotte May QC is “commercial, strategic, client friendly and a pleasure to work with” say peers who note that her “understanding and attention to detail shines through when it comes to advocacy”.
Andrew Lykiardopoulos QC is well known for his impressive work representing clients in the highest domestic courts in high-profile patent litigation proceedings.
Adrian Speck QC is an expert in intellectual property and patent disputes, focusing his first-rate practice on pharma and biotechnology matters. Sources note he is “sensible and practical, no-nonsense and really believes in the case he presents”.

Three New Square is another prominent set in the area and has four silks highlighted here.
Thomas Hinchliffe QC is a standout advocate who draws praise from sources who note that he is “commercial and great to work with”. They add he is an “excellent patent silk who really knows his stuff”.
Andrew Waugh QC acts for clients in a broad range of intellectual property disputes with a focus on and strong expertise in the life sciences sector.
Tom Mitcheson QC is described as “very strong and strategic” by sources who consider him “an excellent advocate” for complex patent litigation cases.
Justin Turner QC is well respected in the UK market for his excellent work on sophisticated IP disputes, most notably in relation to biotechnology.

Brick Court Chambers has a significant presence in the market with four individuals recognised.
Jemima Stratford QC is a highly experienced and impressive barrister who regularly represents clients in highly technical pharma and chemical cases. She has expertise representing clients both domestically and internationally.
Kelyn Bacon QC impresses peers and clients alike with her standout work in regulatory matters relating to pharmaceuticals. She is “incredibly intelligent, thorough, hard-working and easy to work with”, and “picks up complicated matters quickly” say sources.

11 South Square sees two leading silks listed.
Iain Purvis QC has extensive experience in intellectual property disputes and is well versed in advising and representing clients on contentious pharmaceutical matters.
Piers Acland QC gains recognition for his superb work on complex patent disputes relating to pharmaceuticals and biotechnology. Sources commend his “great technical knowledge and ability to get to grips with the detail of the case”.

At Henderson Chambers, Toby Riley-Smith QC draws widespread praise as an expert in product liability and consumer matters in the pharmaceutical, medical and cosmetics industries.


3 New Square sees three juniors listed this year.
Miles Copeland is one of the foremost life sciences juniors at the Bar, and is highlighted as a specialist in complex intellectual property and patent litigation proceedings.
Joe Delaney is a “very intellectual” advocate who focuses his practice on sophisticated patent work in the pharma and biotech areas. Interviewees note that “he will always add points to a case which are relevant and important”.
Stuart Baran focuses his practice on life science patent matters, representing clients in courts including the Supreme Court for a wide variety parties in complex pharmaceutical and biotech patent disputes.

8 New Square sees three barristers highlighted in this chapter.
James Whyte is a go-to junior for issues focusing on intellectual property disputes in biotechnology and pharmaceutical matters and is recognised for his notable experience advising on high-value cases in the sector.
William Duncan has varied experience in patent disputes relating to life sciences sectors as sources note that “he is very clever and has a lot to bring to cases”.
Tom Jones “comes highly recommended” by peers who note he is “practical and easy to work with”. One source effuses: “He has a great career ahead of him.”

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