Dr Craig Turner > AA Thornton > London, England > Lawyer Profile

AA Thornton
Octagon Point
5 Cheapside
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Work Department

Chemistry, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals.


Dr Craig Turner is a partner within the chemistry, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals patent team and has been in the profession for over 17 years. Craig’s patent practice covers both contentious and non-contentious matters in the fields of chemistry, chemical engineering, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology.

Craig’s clients include large corporations in the oil and gas, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology industry sectors. Craig heads up the patent team for one of the firm’s biggest clients, an American multinational corporation and one of the world’s largest oil field service companies. Other clients include SMEs, start out companies and academic institutions.

Craig is a member of the firm’s finance management group and is involved in the implementation of the financial strategy and plans for the firm.


Joined Northampton office A.A. Thornton & Co. 1998; partner 2005. During this time, he gained the Certificate in Intellectual Property Law from Queen Mary, University of London, qualifying as a European patent attorney in 2001 and a chartered patent attorney in 2003.


Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA); International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys (FICPI); European Patent Institute (EPI).


Trinity College, Cambridge University (BA Hons Natural Sciences); Department of Physiology, Cambridge University (PhD in Neurophysiology).

Lawyer Rankings

London > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > PATMA: Patent attorneys

AA Thornton impresses with its versatility. Between the engineering, physics and mechanical devices patent team, led by Adrian Bennett, the chemistry, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals group led by Craig Turner, and Mike Jennings‘ electrical engineering, electronics telecoms and IT team, the firm covers a wide range of sectors, with the medical device, oil, gas and petrochemical, automotive and aerospace, financial services and agriculture sectors as core focuses. The wider firm also includes a dedicated litigation team that assists with the development of IP strategies, due diligence matters and commercialisation questions. The majority of clients come from Europe, North America, the Far East and India, including multinationals, small and medium-sized companies, academic institutions and individuals. In March 2021 the firm added Simon Davies, formerly at D Young & Co LLP, as a consultant with computer technology expertise to its team. Lawrence King joined Simmons & Simmons in spring 2021.