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Mills & Reeve LLP

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James Fry

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Mills & Reeve LLP

Work Department

Life Sciences


James is head of Mills & Reeve's fast growing multi-disciplinary life sciences team.


James advises businesses and organisations in the life sciences sector on intellectual property issues and commercial contracting, with longstanding and deep knowledge of research and technology collaborations, intellectual property licensing and the distribution of medical and medicinal products.

He also advises on regulatory issues relevant to the sector, such as product classification and advertising. His clients include pharmaceutical and biotech businesses, medical device and technology businesses, universities, charities, research institutes and government organisations.

East Anglia: Public sector


Within: Health

The health and care practice at Mills & Reeve LLP provides 'an excellent overall level of service with excellent sector knowledge and commercial experience, a fast response rate, strong healthcare team depth, and good value for money'. Project finance specialist Bridget Archibald leads the practice from Cambridge and is the relationship partner for key clients such as as NHS Property Services. Corporate partner Natalie Wade has 'fantastic knowledge and network in the healthcare sector, and deep commercial understanding of competitors and corporates'. She handles high-value M&A projects for clients including Virgin Care and Elysium Healthcare. She recently advised a private equity house on the acquisition of a regional dental chain. Her team is noted for including 'incredibly responsive and proactive market experts'. Also recommended are procurement specialist Kevin Calder, who handles major projects for the Department of Health; regulatory specialist Duncan Astill; IT contracts expert Peter Wainman; and new arrival James Fry , who was previously head of life sciences at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP.

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East Anglia: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)


Within: Biotechnology

Mills & Reeve LLP provides ‘an excellent level of service and response times are very fast‘. One client remarks that the practice provides ‘first-class, pragmatic and timely advice'. The firm handles corporate and commercial transactions, patents and IP, privacy, regulation and compliance, HR, product liability, litigation, tax and real estate matters for biotechnology companies. It is highly regarded for research collaborations and licensing agreements across a range of therapeutic areas. New arrival James Fry, who joined from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP in late 2017, leads the multi-disciplinary life sciences practice and is praised for his ‘excellent sector knowledge'. He acted for speciality pharmaceuticals business Diurnal Group in setting up its supply chain for the production of two drug candidates. Finance specialist Zickie Lim, who handled a syndicated financing for PredictImmune Limited, and capital markets expert Stephen Hamilton are also recommended. IP partner Alasdair Poore, corporate partner Anthony McGurk, disputes specialist Graeme Menzies and head of technology Kevin Calder also play central roles in the firm's work for biotechnology clients.

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Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

At Mills & Reeve LLP 'the overall level of service is fantastic with rapid response times and well-communicated dates for deliverables; the firm goes above and beyond to ensure the appropriate advice is given'. The practice is known for 'providing practical advice and making complex issues understandable'. The firm acts for start-ups and spin-outs, small to mid-cap biotechnology and technology companies, and high-value brand businesses. Among its healthcare sector clients are Atlantic Healthcare, Virgin Care and Royal Marsden Hospital. Practice head Alasdair Poore is a leading light in the market. He manages the international trade mark portfolio of Queen Mary University of London, which includes filing and prosecution work. New arrival James Fry, who joined from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP to lead the life sciences group, has extensive experience in IP, particularly in the areas of technology and brand transfer, product development, R&D agreements and IP strategy. Also recommended are principal associates Richard Plaistowe and Nicola Hanglin, who handle IP protection and enforcement.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology

Within: Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology

Mills & Reeve LLP's team is led by James Fry, who joined in 2017 from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP . Fry's 'pharmaceutical and biotech sector expertise is first class' and he 'consistently provides sound, pragmatic advice'. He recently advised The Diurnal Group on its primary and secondary agreements for the supply chain it will be using for the production of two drug candidates. Another recent arrival is IP specialist Mark Pearce, who joined from Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP. Other key members of the team include employment expert Melanie James; IP expert Alasdair Poore; and Zickie Lim, who is an expert in corporate finance. Lim advised PredictImmune on its syndicated financing from Cambridge Enterprise and the University of Cambridge.

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