Barristers – UK 2021

James Abrahams 8 New Square

Strengths: “Really enthusiastic, gets stuck into any case”. Pharma and biotechnology, digital communication, mechanics.

Clients: HTC (defendant) against IPCom over mobile communications patent; Evalve and Abbott (claimants) against Edwards Lifesciences over heart valve technology; Knauf (defendant) against Rockwool over wool insulation binders.

Piers Acland 11 South Square

Strengths: “Great for difficult biotech or pharma cases”, “Superb in court.” Biotechnology and life sciences. Mechanical patents.

Clients: Astronics, Safran and Panasonic (defendants) against Lufthansa over energy supply in airseats; Edwards Lifesciences against Meril over transcatheter heart valves; Akebia and Otsuka against Astellas over enzyme inhibitor for anaemia.

Daniel Alexander 8 New Square

Strengths: “Very thorough and a great strategist”. Digital communication, life sciences.

Clients: Huawei against Unwired Planet and Conversant over SEPs and FRAND; Teva and Accord against Gilead over SPCs for HIV treatments.

Thomas Hinchliffe 3 New Square

Strengths: “Easy to work with, very bright and excellent judgment”. Pharma and biotechnology, digital communication.

Clients: HTC and IPCom over mobile communication; MSD against Wyeth over pneumococcal vaccines.

Lindsay Lane 8 New Square

Strengths: “Pragmatic and commercial; a real team player”. Pharma and biotechnology, SPC cases, digital communication.

Clients: Apple against Conversant over SEPs and FRAND; Teva against Gilead over SPCs for HIV treatment.

Charlotte May 8 New Square

Strengths: “Easy manner and formidable intellect”. Pharma and biotechnology.

Clients: ViiV Healthcare and Shionogi against Gilead over anti-HIV treatment; Chiesi against Teva over treatment for asthma.

Tom Mitcheson 3 New Square

Strengths: “Superb, creative advocate”. Pharma and biotechnology, digital communication.

Clients: Facebook against Voxer over telecommunications apparatus; Latvia and MGI against Illumina over rapid DNA sequencing; Fibrogen against Akebia over anemia treatment.

Brian Nicholson 11 South Square

Strengths: “Excellent for highly technical TMT patent trials; does not need to be led”. Digital communication, electronics.

Clients: IPCom against HTC over mobile communication; Apple against PanOptis over SEPs and FRAND.

Iain Purvis 11 South Square

Strengths: “Outstanding advocate in TMT patent litigation”. Digital communication, mechanics.

Clients: ZTE against Conversant over FRAND; AB InBev against Heineken over beer kegs; Kymab against Regeneron over transgenic mouse technology.

Adrian Speck 8 New Square

Strengths: “Very good strategist”. Pharma and biotechnology, medical devices, digital communication.

Clients: Unwired Planet and Conversant against Huawei over SEPs and FRAND; PanOptis against Apple over SEPs and FRAND; Regeneron against Kymab over transgenic mouse technology.

Michael Tappin 8 New Square

Strengths: “Intellectual powerhouse, fantastic on his feet”. Pharma and biotechnology.

Clients: Kymab against Regeneron over transgenic mouse technology; Gilead against ViiV and Shionogi over anti-HIV treatment; Amgen against Sanofi over cholesterol treatment.