Life Sciences Lawyers

Key facts: Life sciences law

  • Our multi-disciplinary life sciences legal team has specific sector experience, and our life sciences lawyers cover a range of areas such as risk assessment and management, manufacturing and supply chain issues, compliance review and advice including product liability, intellectual property issues and the development of IP strategies, data protection and GDPR advice, licensing and contractual issues, financial advice and mergers and acquisitions, as well as disputes and litigation management.
  • We have particular experience in funding and financial matters including venture capital and equity funding.
  • As a non-traditional law firm with a modern approach, our focus and specialism has always been on market disruptors and high growth companies, so we work with a number of university spin outs specialising in the clinical and life sciences sectors.
  • Our life science solicitors provide legal advice to existing businesses, as well as inventors who wish to find new opportunities to exploit their ideas and want the dedicated support of a life sciences lawyer.
  • Our offices are in Sheffield, Birmingham, Cambridge and London if you need a meeting, but we typically work remotely to keep our overheads low  which enables us to offer our innovative pricing packages.

What our life sciences lawyers do

The highly regulated field of life sciences, comprising the development of new medical and diagnostic devices, medtech, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, is as complex as it is fast-paced.

Such a rapidly-changing area requires its advisors to have a depth of current as well as historic knowledge and an understanding of the latest technology. Our life sciences lawyers come from a variety of backgrounds, with considerable experience advising on the wide range of matters that are particular to this discipline.

We understand that it’s essential to place commercial realities at the heart of their advice in the life sciences field, at the same time as having an in-depth appreciation of the science and technology that underpins the sector. Some of our life sciences solicitors have worked in-house in life sciences companies, and have extensive experience in advising clients from start-ups to publicly quoted companies, academic and research institutes like universities and other R&D organisations.

Harper James life sciences solicitors have experience in the following areas:

  • Biotech related issues such as compliance and regulatory matters
  • Medical devices, diagnostics and medtech, including IP, product compliance and product liability matters and R&D, and the regulation of medtech and devices
  • Legal issues arising in pharmacy/pharmaceuticals/pharma businesses including commercial disputes
  • Contractual relationships with regulatory bodies
  • Partnership/practice agreements for organisations in the medical and pharmaceuticals fields
  • Partnership/practice disputes
  • Fundraising and venture capital issues
  • Service-sharing agreements in the public and private sectors and collaboration agreements
  • NHS and private healthcare issues relating to life science law
  • Advising universities on their R&D, including spinning out commercial ventures
  • Advising dental practices on commercial and developmental matters
  • Public procurement
  • Manufacturing issues in the life sciences field and the implementation of new technology

Harper James has experience of working with clients who are developing a wide spectrum of technologies involving medical and biotechnology devices, throughout the developmental and manufacturing processes, including testing, clinical development and exploitation.

What our clients say

We pride ourselves on delivering an excellent service for clients, but don’t just take our word for it.

Legal advice for life sciences businesses and businesses dealing with the life sciences sector

Whether you are an inventor of a new device or product and are looking for a life sciences lawyer to advise on IP protection or the establishment of a manufacturing network, are already in production and have supply chain or contractual/licensing issues or are seeking new finance, or more generally want a life science solicitor to help you understand the maze of regulatory issues arising in the field of pharmaceuticals or biotechnology, get in touch.

You may be a scientist entrepreneur with a new idea, having issues with manufacturing your device or supply chain issues, be concerned about protecting your intellectual property or have an IP dispute, want advice on contracts and commercial issues, or involved in a transaction like a merger or acquisition.

Equally, you may work within the NHS or other public sector body and seeking to collaborate or share services with another in a similar field, or be a university looking to set up a commercial body to exploit ideas. We have individual life science lawyers and multi-disciplinary teams to assist you.

As well as providing specialist legal advice in the life sciences sector, our life sciences solicitors have experience and technical knowledge to assist in matters such as:

Examples of our work

Life science lawyers with sector expertise

As a law firm specialising in life sciences, we understand the ethical, commercial and scientific context within which legal issues arise in the sector, as well as the wider budgetary constraints it faces. Each life sciences lawyer within our practice is highly skilled and knowledgeable about these issues, and brings a practical and commercial approach, enabling you to bring new products to market and fully exploit your innovative ideas, safe in the knowledge that your valuable life sciences legal assets are protected.

Our solicitors come with a rich and varied background of life sciences sector experience. Examples of their previous work includes:

  • Acting for large universities in successfully defending a number of claims for discrimination, unfair dismissal, whistleblowing and breach of contract claims.
  • Advising on a new activity tracker specific to the healthcare market, from patent registrations, industry-specific regulations, consumer trials and putting the legal documentation in place for the operation of the company.
  • Resolving partnership disputes between healthcare professionals, often arising from clinical issues.

What our clients say

We pride ourselves on delivering an excellent service for clients, but don’t just take our word for it.

Pricing plans

Our three transparent pricing packages are designed to give you the widest possible access to high-quality legal advice, whatever the size and nature of your business:


Straightforward access to senior solicitors at a competitive rate.

An affordable solution for businesses needing one-off legal support. Receive ‘City’ partner-level expertise at a fraction of ‘City’ prices.


Have legal peace of mind for £189 per month with additional support from £125 per hour.

A monthly subscription legal support package specifically designed for start-ups and smaller businesses.


Providing you with priority access to a dedicated panel of highly experienced solicitors.

Fully account managed quarterly subscription service for businesses with more complex legal needs.

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A national law firm

We mainly work remotely, so we can work with you wherever you are. But we can arrange face-to-face meeting at our offices or a location of your choosing.

Our commercial lawyers are based in or close to major cities across the UK, providing expert legal advice to clients both locally and nationally.

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