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Laura Anderson

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Bristows LLP

Work Department

Intellectual property


Partner specialising in commercial intellectual property, including licensing, research and development collaborations, joint ventures, hi-tech start-ups, merchandising, advertising and marketing and other intellectual property transactional work for a variety of industry sectors.

In the life sciences sector, Laura acts for a broad range of clients from universities and research institutions, biotech companies to established pharmaceutical companies and specialist healthcare investors. Laura's work includes advice on product development deals including research and development collaborations, strategic alliances, in-licensing and out-licensing, university and pharma spin-outs, the performance of clinical trials and clinical services as well as the acquisition of rights, data and product lines.

Laura also advises on commercial arrangements relating to products including manufacturing, marketing, supply and distribution.

Laura has acted as an expert in US patent infringement proceedings, advising on English law IP licensing issues.


Trained Bristows; qualified 1993; partner 2000.




Law Society
Licensing Executives Society


Bromley High School; Durham University (1989 BA Hons Law); University of Leuven, Belgium (1994 Diploma in EC Competition Law); University of Bristol (1996 Diploma in Intellectual Property Law and Practice).

London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts

Within: Commercial contracts

Bristows LLP has a strong client following in the commercial contracts space, owing to its 'high degree of partner-level engagement'; its longstanding clients include Diageo, AstraZeneca and Honda. Matthew Warren heads up the team, which handles commercial matters that overlap with technology, brands, digital content and intellectual property. Laura Anderson was the lead adviser to Ferroglobe Plc on two recent long-term strategic commercial arrangements with Glencore, which were related to the client's acquisition of two manganese plants from Glencore. In 2017, Toby Crick and senior associate Sacha Wilson assisted Guardian News and Media with negotiating two commercial deals with adtech vendors OpenX and Improve Digital. IT specialist Adrian Sim , whose expertise includes e-commerce and digital media transactions, has 'an excellent client manner' and is 'very responsive'. Anna Cook, of counsel David Horner and senior associate Claire Smith are also recommended.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology

Within: Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology

The 'excellent' and 'client-focused' Bristows LLP has a strong reputation in patent litigation, but also works on matters involving transactions, regulations and competition. The practice is headed by patent litigator Liz Cohen and transactions specialist Laura Anderson. Brian Cordery is head of patent litigation and very active in this space. He was instructed by Teva in patent revocation proceedings brought by Eli Lilly relating to humanised antibodies, which may be used for a landmark treatment of migraines. Other important  contentious IP specialists include Edward Nodder, Robert Burrows and Dominic Adair. Burrows defended Janssen Sciences and G.D. Searle against a revocation brought by Sandoz and Hexal relating to darunavir, which is a key ingredient in Janssen's anti-HIV drug Prezista. Also recommended are corporate specialist Marek Petecki, who assisted AstraZeneca with its $300m sale of the European commercial rights to its Seloken heart medication to Recordati, and senior associate Rachel Mumby, who focuses on patent litigation.

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