Life Sciences

Sector Focus

Our dedicated team, together with sector analysts and external industry consultants, means we can support leading life sciences companies worldwide:

  • by working for many of the largest global pharmaceutical companies, we offer an unrivalled, in depth understanding of this specialist market
  • by advising some of the fastest growing biotechs we move as fast as our clients' needs, staying ahead of the trends
  • by supporting household names in consumer healthcare we have specialist knowledge of the marketing challenges our clients face
  • by assisting many of the leading medical devices companies we understand the short and long term business drivers in this field
  • by acting for many major healthcare services companies, we have gained valuable insights into the opportunities and risks for operators in a highly sensitive regulatory environment.

Our active participation in industry associations around the world, combined with our sector focus, ensures we deliver a top tier level of service to our clients. 

Simmons & Simmons has a commanding position in the life sciences market, and its capability in the UK is further complemented by an extensive worldwide practice which ensures no matter is too complex or multi-jurisdictional for the group to handle.” Chambers UK 2013

This international firm offers a comprehensive life sciences service, covering commercial transactions, IP, regulatory advice and product liability.” Chambers Global 2013

Simmons & Simmons has an exceptionally strong presence in the life sciences field, possessing the breadth and depth to handle work ranging from high-value transactions to complex patent litigation.” Chambers UK 2012

Sources say: “Their support is very important - they're extremely proactive

"They have been keen to understand our business and have done over and above what we expected from them. They put in very high-quality people, totally reliable and extremely flexible." Chambers Global 2012  

Specialist Expertise

The dedicated life sciences team at Simmons & Simmons brings you specialist expertise in the following areas:

  • patent expiry strategy
  • product liability
  • anti-trust
  • regulatory
  • corporate finance
  • technology licensing
  • commercial support.

Patent expiry strategy

  • since 2000 we have advised in connection with patent expiry of more than ten major drugs, including three of the top five worldwide
  • we are experienced in major multi-jurisdictional patent litigation and strategy matters.

Product liability

  • we advised a major pharmaceutical company in relation to one of the world’s largest ever product liability casesour French litigation practice has unrivalled experience. We have litigated pharmaceutical product liability claims in over 100 French courts and have invaluable insight into the views of judges and court-appointed medical experts
  • our assistance covers relationships with regulatory authorities, crisis management and communication and product recall, as well as multiplelitigation throughout numerous jurisdictions.


  • our dedicated life sciences competition experts advise on landmark cases
  • we represented The European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA) in the Bayer v Adalat parallel imports case in the European Court of Justice and before the Court of First Instance.


  • clients call on our regulatory team for complex multi-jurisdictional advice
  • our leading regulatory practice advises on the full range of regulatory issues affecting medicines, medical devices, tissues/cells, foods and cosmetics
  • we assisted Procter & Gamble Pharmaceuticals in setting up and negotiating clinical trial agreements for a large multi-centre clinical study involving over 100 centres in 13 European countries.

Corporate finance

  • our top ranked life sciences corporate team acts on some of the highest profile transactions in the sector.
  • we have advised Procter & Gamble on the restructuring of Gillette, Schering on the integration of Bayer / Schering in China, and on the employment issues relating to the acquisition of Pfizer's OTC business in Hong Kong.

Technology licensing

  • we have advised on some of the highest profile licensing agreements in the life sciences sector across the US, Europe and Asia.

Commercial support

In addition to advising on headline matters, we are also there for the day-to-day issues. Across Europe, the Middle East and Asia we offer assistance with:

  • clinical trial agreements
  • distribution and marketing agreements
  • medical advertising
  • pharmaceutical trade marks
  • pricing and re-imbursement
  • employment law matters
  • IT and outsourcing
  • environmental
  • tax.