We work with globally acclaimed medical technology companies as well as multinational pharmaceutical companies, and are proud of our work with start-up and early stage companies too.
We have worked in the Irish healthcare sector for many years, for healthcare managers and other stakeholders. As a result, we have a very detailed, practical knowledge of how this sector operates – both on the public and private side.
For example, we regularly advise on the statutory powers and duties of healthcare providers and regulators under Irish healthcare legislation, standards and guidelines. We have been involved in drafting and negotiating agreements for healthcare provision and have advised on drafting healthcare legislation and on healthcare procurement for both contracting authorities and for bidders. Our healthcare lawyers have expertise not only in the regulatory of healthcare provision, but also in pricing and reimbursement, private health insurance regulation, procurement and in nursing home regulation. As a result of our work, we have developed invaluable relationships with key stakeholders in the Irish healthcare system.
We also apply our expertise in data protection, privacy, freedom of information, technology and competition matters to our work for our healthcare clients.
We advise many of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies on all aspects of their operations in Ireland, including in relation to clinical research, clinical trial arrangements, licensing and other pharmaceutical-regulatory issues, dealings with the Healthcare Products Regulatory Authority, distribution arrangements, market access, competition law issues, outsourced service arrangements, sponsorship and funding issues, pricing and reimbursement, public sector procurement of medicines, and in relation to advertising and marketing activities.
Our intellectual property team also frequently advises our pharmaceutical clients on issues such as patent infringement, patent life cycles, data and marketing exclusivity issues, trade mark infringement via parallel importation and copyright issues.
Our team members are also experts in data protection and privacy, which are important issues for our pharmaceutical sector clients.
As with our other core areas, we work to ensure that we have the expertise and market knowledge to exceed our clients’ expectations.
Life Sciences (including medical devices and medical technologies)
We advise a large number of leading international medical device companies as well as many early stage and developing companies in this sector. Again, our work is wide-ranging, and includes advising our clients on their research arrangements, clinical investigations, licensing and regulatory requirements (including in relation to obtaining CE marking), technology licensing issues, data protection and privacy issues (including in relation to patient consent), distribution arrangements, market access and in relation to advertising and marketing.