Catherine advises on the design, implementation and operation of employee share incentive arrangements including tax efficient share plans and bespoke share and cash incentive arrangements for a wide range of companies. She has vast experience advising start-up companies on how best to incentivise their founders and employees and also assists international clients wishing to extend their employee share incentive arrangements to the UK and Europe. Catherine was a medical physicist and worked in a number of London hospitals prior to qualifying as a solicitor.
Niall has over twenty-five years' experience as a corporate lawyer and has a wide experience of mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and private equity and venture capital transactions, acting for start-ups, SMEs, large corporates and institutional investors. He has particular experience representing life sciences clients, having advised both commercial entities and medical research charities on a range of transactions in the sector. He is recognised in directories for his expertise as a corporate and venture capital lawyer in the life sciences sector.
Dr Robert Stephen, Partner and co-chair of Patent Prosecution, co-chair Life Sciences. Robert's focus is on helping his clients develop and exploit their IP to maximise company value. He has worked with a number of successful start-ups, including Kymab in Cambridge UK and Insmed in the US. Robert has experience in drafting, filing and prosecuting patent applications before the UK and EPO, patent licensing, global patent strategy, patent term extensions and portfolio management. He has been involved in over 50 EPO oppositions and appeals. Robert has a particular interest and expertise in inventions made in the fields of medical devices, pharmaceuticals, biochemistry, biotechnology, cell biology, genetics and immunology, including protein and peptide based medicines, vaccines, antibodies, nucleic acid based medicines, diagnostic methods and diagnostic apparatus.