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Pharmaceutical Law and Life Sciences Lawyers

Bringing Excellence to Life, Together

We are passionate about working in the pharmaceuticals and life sciences sector and delivering a first class legal service. We actively take part in thought leadership and building communities and provide a full range of legal services. We will work with you to bring excellence to life.

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Our Approach to Pharmaceutical Law and Life Sciences

As dedicated pharmaceuticals and life sciences lawyers, we use our legal insight to provide commercially astute legal advice. Our ethos is to fully understand your business, the challenges you face and the opportunities that exist in order to help you succeed.

How Can We Help?

We focus our legal advice and support on three core areas:

  1. Acting for pharma - clients who are involved in the supply of medicines.

  2. Medtech and the convergence of IT and telecoms with pharma, life sciences and healthcare, including the world of digital health.

  3. Pharmacy services - the provision of assistance to pharmacy in relation to the services they provide.

Our Pharmaceuticals & Life Sciences team works closely with our Healthcare team, particularly in the fields of social care; including care homes, care in the community and primary care including GP surgeries, dentists and opticians.

Supporting the Pharmaceuticals Sector

The Pharmaceutical Industry Network Group (PING) has been set up in partnership with Watford Council, the Watford Chamber of Commerce and is also supported by the Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership.

PING has been instrumental in strengthening the pharmaceutical sector, particularly within Watford and the surrounding areas, and has been recognised by the Legal 360 group with an award for ‘Most Innovative Marketing Idea’.

Examples of Legal Services We Have Provided

  • M&A Transactions
    Advising and drafting documentation for a wide variety of corporate M&A transactions, including the acquisition of several high street healthcare products (baby and oral hygiene) for a leading over-the-counter pharmaceutical company, the disposal of a pharmaceuticals business that involved complex issues across four time zones and the sale of a large shareholding in a UK and Indian pharmaceutical company dealing with Nicotine replacement therapy products.

  • Investment Agreements
    Drafting and advising on an investment agreement regarding a £20 million investment in a pharmaceutical company by way of a subscription and loan.

  • Parallel Trade
    Acting for a large multinational company on parallel trade strategy, parallel trade disputes with brand owners and two threatened judicial proceedings against the MHRA.

  • Patents
    Providing advice to a well-known big pharma company regarding various patent issues.

  • Data Protection
    Assisting a leading global contract development and drug manufacturing organisation with providing IT and Data Protection policies to its employees.

  • Employment Law
    Providing employment advice on a wide range of issues, including redundancy guidance, assisting a generics company with various employment challenges and negotiating the settlement of employment disputes between large pharmaceutical companies and employees, including attending the Employment Tribunal when required.

  • Commercial Property
    Helping a specialist pharmaceutical wholesaler to move to new fit-for-purpose premises.

  • Licensing
    Providing cutting edge advice for a pharmacy owner with an application for a pharmacy licence based on unforeseen benefits.

  • Agreements for Provision
    Reviewing and amending an agreement for provision by a developer of an app for measuring delivery of medicines.

  • Documentation
    Advising on and drafting a suite of documentation to create an innovative provider product company structure with a view to enabling Clinical Commissioning Groups to commission services in its local area and contract with pharmacies in the same area.

  • Terms & Conditions
    Drafting terms and conditions for supply to businesses and online to consumers of dressing, mobility and clinical care products.

  • Product Development Agreements
    Drafting and negotiating product development agreements and licence arrangements for generic products.

  • Providing an array of advice and documentation for a specialist OTC pharma company dealing with branded products in secondary healthcare markets regarding agency and distribution arrangements, warehousing, manufacturing agreements including assembly and packaging of pharmaceutical products and general commercial advice in relation to exiting commercial contracts and dispute resolution.

Added Value

We add value through our network of good contacts in the industry.

Whether you are looking for leading recruiters to acquire new staff, an expert to help get you through clinical trials, research labs, or someone with pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities, we can work together to put you in touch with the right people. 

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For specialist legal advice on pharmaceutical law or life sciences law, please contact Paul Gershlick on 01923 919 320.

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It is always a delight to be instructed by VWV. The brief is thorough and immaculately prepared. Attention to detail is first class. Their experienced family finance team can be relied upon to give solid, comprehensive advice with an unwavering focus on the needs and expectations of the lay client.

  • Di Martin
  • St John's Chambers

Meet the Team

Our pharmaceuticals & life sciences lawyers have a broad variety of legal expertise and offer a full legal service to the pharmaceuticals & life sciences sector

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Tom Cahill - Commercial Law Associate at VWV
Senior Associate

Commercial Contracts
Pharma & Life Sciences

Laura Barrell - Commercial Law Solicitor at VWV

Pharma & Life Sciences

Commercial IP & IT


John Zucker - Corporate Law Consultant at VWV

Corporate Law

Pharma & Life Sciences

News & Events

'Partner Pandemonium' - VWV Hosts Unique Fundraising Event for Bristol Charity
We had so much fun last night hosting 'Partner Pandemonium - A Jungle Challenge', a unique evening of entertainment and fundraising in aid of local charity, Ronald McDonald House Bristol.
23 Feb 2018
VWV Lawyers Appointed to Women in Property South West Branch Committee
Joining the Association of Women in Property in the South West committee are Commercial Property Solicitor Harriet Benson as events co-ordinator, and Residential Conveyancing Solicitor Katy Kernahan as a general committee member.
23 Feb 2018
VWV's 'Partner Pandemonium' to Raise Money for Charity
On 22 February, we will be putting six of our partners through a gruelling set of trials.
16 Feb 2018

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