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Job Title Commercial (Life Sciences) Associate Director
Closing Date 14-Oct-2022
Department Commercial
Job Location Bristol; London; Reading
Role Lawyers

"I have worked with them in a major life sciences case and they are simply top notch" - Legal 500

"They have in-depth knowledge and offer commercially aware advice" - Chambers & Partners

We have an exciting new opportunity for an Associate Director to join our Commercial team with a particular focus on Life Science matters.

This is an exciting opportunity to join a growing team and advise on high value, strategically important and often international projects within a supportive and collegiate environment.

The practice

Our Commercial group provides leading-edge legal and business solutions to clients, ranging from high growth start-ups to multinationals and covering the entire spectrum of commercial activity. Our Commercial team has a strong reputation with large local and global clients requiring sophisticated cross-jurisdictional advice.

Our Life Sciences and Healthcare sector has been one of the fastest growing within Osborne Clarke over the last 5 years. Life sciences, health and social care are vitally important in the development of modern society, with a diverse range of stakeholders, from the general public and clinical practitioners to regulators, insurers and governments. We understand the unique challenges of the industry and deliver results-focused advice for a diverse range of clients, from drug developers and healthcare providers to digital health businesses, and the entities that finance and support them.

In our life sciences and healthcare sector we advise a number of leading life sciences, digital health and healthcare companies on contractual agreements relating to licensing, strategic partnering, co-operative research and development and drug supply, regulatory issues, digital transformation projects, as well a public/private agreements and major outsourcings.

To find out more about the practice, please see the link below:

The work

Some examples of our recent experience include:

  • Supporting Gama Healthcare, a UK based company that specialises in manufacturing and supplying specialist anti-microbial and disinfectant products, throughout the Covid pandemic on a wide range of urgent, high value contracts relating to the manufacture, supply and onward sale of their products (including specialist isolation units) to the NHS and other major customers both in the UK and worldwide.
  • Advising Thriva Limited, the UK's leading platform for serology (blood testing), throughout the Covid pandemic with four of its largest counterparties, including HM Government.
  • Supporting leading veterinary product wholesaler Centaur with various strategically significant projects, including advising on a number of key IT procurements, contracts with major customers and suppliers for the supply and purchase of veterinary and animal care products.
  • Advising a large pharma company on the development and implementation of an internet platform that trains patients who use a specific medical product.
  • Advising several health insurers and providers of electrical platforms for medical products. This included tendering and negotiation processes in connection with the procurement of eHealth systems.
  • Working closely with Koa Health on all aspects of its operations in the UK, including its digital wellbeing and therapeutic solutions and in relation to clinical research and breakthrough technology to deliver mental health support.
  • Advising Heartbeat Solutions on the development of an online platform for doctor-patient communication / educational documentation.

The team

"As lawyers I find them straightforward, pragmatic and enjoyable to work with" - Chambers & Partners

Spanning all three of our UK based offices and working closely together, the Commercial department is made up of over 60 lawyers in total. This role would involve working on a very regular basis with our Commercial lawyers in all three offices, as well as our international offices.

Technical skills and experience

The role requires someone with strong analytical skills and the ability to provide concise, commercial advice to clients whilst really getting to know their business and sector(s) as well as the relevant law. Due to the nature of the work and the structure of the team, we are looking for an Associate Director with previous experience advising on commercial law and Life Sciences matters, although we will consider candidates with more or less experience.

Technical skills are important, but we also want you to be yourself - we're a very inclusive team who welcome diversity, enjoy each other's company and focus on our people.

Your career development

Like all our lawyers, you will benefit from our multi-award winning career development programme. At each stage of your career this provides you with:

  • clear expectations of your role and what it takes to progress;
  • high quality clients and work, with early responsibility and client exposure;
  • thorough assessment and individual feedback from a range of experienced colleagues;
  • robust technical training with early skills based development, increasingly tailored to you; and
  • reward for your contribution, progression and potential, rather than PQE or tenure.

Salary and benefits

We offer competitive salaries and generous benefits .

For more information or to apply

At Osborne Clarke we welcome direct applications - if you would like any further information about the role, or the firm, we would be delighted to hear from you. Please contact, in complete confidence, Rachael Hardwick in the recruitment team on

At Osborne Clarke we value difference and encourage applicants from all social backgrounds, ethnicities, disabilities, gender identities, and sexual or romantic orientations. We want everyone to feel that OC is a place where you can be yourself and where you belong, and our range of interest groups and diversity networks - not to mention our great teams - are a part of making that a reality.

We support working families via a range of family and caring friendly policies and will accommodate flexible working where we can. We value the health and wellbeing of our people: for example, we're signatories to the Mindful Business Charter, have an active network of mental health champions and offer free initiatives and flexible benefits to all our people.

Being an inclusive employer is important to us. We have made a number of external commitments such as the Race Fairness Commitment and Women in Law Pledge, and are working with organisations like Stonewall to become a more inclusive employer.

Osborne Clarke is a Living Wage Employer, so we're committed to paying everybody in our business enough to live on and to enable them to save for the future.

We want you to be able to show us your best during the recruitment process. If you require any adjustments to be made during the application, interview process or when working with us, please let us know.