Alexandra Brodie

IAM Research

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Silver - Individuals: litigation

The UK contingent of global force Gowling WLG continues to forge ahead on both sides of the contentious/non-contentious divide, with competitors singling out its “strong and remarkably business-friendly team”. Many precedent-setting decisions across the industry spectrum bear its fingerprints, particularly in relation to FRAND licensing. Alexandra Brodie is “an impressive and efficient professional and a worthy courtroom opponent who is doing a lot of strong work, especially in the FRAND space”. Similarly active in this sphere is Huw Evans, who joined the firm two years ago together with the commercially minded, no-nonsense Jonathan Ball; the versatile pair have the high-technology and life sciences sectors locked down. Collaborative and pragmatic, Evans has built up a thick address book of international contacts; while forensic biochemist Ball is cultivating a growing fintech specialism. Another technical renaissance man is Jamie Rowlands; he previously headed the firm’s China office and today puts in polished performances in cross-border disputes for players from as far afield as the United States, Japan and Africa. Molecular biologist Paul Inman also has an international outlook from the many high-profile pharmaceutical disputes he has handled globally. A “leading light” and “senior statesman of the profession”, Gordon Harris is hailed by one European colleague as “the best patent litigator in the world”; he is known for his ground-breaking methods, which have inspired major changes to the law throughout his 30-year career. Transactional whizz Patrick Duxbury captains the life sciences practice group and regularly negotiates transformative global deals: he recently advised AstraZeneca on its landmark collaboration agreement for the development and distribution of the Oxford covid-19 vaccine.

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