Life Sciences Solicitor

  • Field Fisher
  • london
  • Aug 23, 2017
Full time Intellectual Property Life Sciences

Job Description

Term: Permanent Department: Commercial IP Location: London The Firm

Fieldfisher is a European law firm with market leading practices in many of the world's most dynamic sectors. We are an exciting, forward-thinking organisation with a particular focus on technology, finance & financial services and energy & natural resources.

Our growing European network of offices supports an international client base alongside our Silicon Valley and Shanghai teams. Among our clients, we count social media sites and high street coffee chains through to pharmaceutical, life sciences and medical devices companies, energy suppliers, banks and government departments.

Clients choose to work with us because we deliver commercial, pragmatic and innovative solutions through our exceptional legal expertise and experience, on time and on budget.

We have more than 400 lawyers spread over nine locations, all providing highly commercial advice based on an in-depth understanding of our clients' needs.

We operate across our offices in Belgium, China, France, Germany, Italy, UK and US - Silicon Valley.

The Team

Our life sciences and healthcare team, with members across our European offices provides a broad range of legal assistance to medical device, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies as well as to regulators and to telehealth, e-/ m-health and care providers. 

Our life sciences team is represented in all of the countries in which we operate.  We work with our network of specialist lawyers in other EU countries and provide a commercial, solutions based service helping medical device, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies to compliantly get their products onto markets across Europe.

Many members of the life sciences team teach on the Cambridge University Masters of Bioscience Entrepreneurship (MBE) course, helping students intending to enter the biotech industry to understand the potential legal issues in developing a business in this sector.

We are seeking a talented lawyer to join this growing and forward thinking team.


You will be advising clients in the life sciences sector on regulatory, compliance and commercial matters, including complex IP licensing transactions.

The transactional element of the life sciences practice involves licences of intellectual property rights (patents and know-how), other commercial agreements such as distribution, manufacturing, clinical trial and a whole host of other specialist agreements so you will be expected to have strong drafting skills and the ability to work autonomously.

The regulatory part of this role involves work on advertising and promotion of devices and drugs (including anti-corruption elements), as well as the regulation of their authorisations and of clinical trials.  This work will involve advising the clients on issues and solutions to achieve their commercial goals and also dealing with regulators where there is disagreement so strong client management skills are essential.

Key Skills & Experience
  • Qualified lawyer with strong relevant experience
  • A highly motivated individual who enjoys working in a dynamic environment for high profile clients
  • The ability to work with a high degree of autonomy and initiative is required
  • A strong focus on team work and collaboration
  • Ability to supervise work of less experienced team members
  • Excellent academic record

Fieldfisher aims to ensure equality of opportunity and we are actively working towards improving the diversity of our staff.  All applications will only be considered on merit and the applicant's suitability to meet the requirements of the role.