James Fry > Mills & Reeve LLP > Cambridge, England > Lawyer Profile

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.

Lawyer Rankings

East Anglia > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Biotechnology

(Leading individuals)

James Fry Mills & Reeve LLP

The Cambridge office of Mills & Reeve LLP is ‘pragmatic and provides good all round advice on agreements, fund-raising and due diligence‘. The firm has a large multidisciplinary team that acts for global companies, among them GlaxoSmithKline, as well as universities and early-stage biotechnology companies. It is also a leading adviser to research institutes and medical research charities. Its work spans corporate transactions, IP, regulatory advice, HR issues and disputes. Practice head James Fry (who has ‘excellent oversight of what is need to support a growing biotech company‘) advises life sciences companies on intellectual property matters and complex commercial contracting. Fund creation specialist Dona Ardeman , corporate partner Jonathan Greenwood , employment adviser Melanie James and corporate finance expert Zickie Lim  are among the partners who play central roles in the biotechnology practice.

East Anglia > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property

(Leading individuals)

James FryMills & Reeve LLP

One client remarks that Mills & Reeve LLP has ‘a great and diverse team that works with our lawyers so smoothly‘, and another ‘appreciates the way that they keep us informed of all progress and the way forward in full guidance‘. The firm focuses on the technology, life sciences, automotive, food and agriculture, and education sectors, and it counts GlaxoSmithKline, The British Council and the University of Cambridge among its high-profile clients. Practice head Mark Pearce works from both the Leeds and Cambridge offices,  co-ordinating a five-partner commercial, IP and IT group. In Cambridge, head of life sciences James Fry and consultant Alasdair Poore, who specialises in IP protection, exploitation and enforcement, are the key practitioners. Principal associates Richard Plaistowe and Nicola Hanglin are highly recommended by clients.

London > Industry focus > Life sciences and healthcare

Mills & Reeve LLP is praised by clients for its ability to ‘apply its expertise in a concise and pragmatic manner’ with practice head James Fry providing ‘agile and reliable advice’ to the firm’s client roster of global pharmaceutical businesses, start-ups, universities, research institutes and government organisations. While the firm handles a varied mix of work, it is particularly noted for its experience in research collaborations and in and out licensing transactions.