Sidley was named winner of the “Impact Case of the Year Award” at the LMG Life Sciences Awards 2022 EMEA, for its representation of Servier Laboratories in Secretary of State for Health and another v Servier Laboratories Ltd and others  UKSC 24. The annual awards recognize the in-house teams, firms, individual private practitioners, and corporations handling “the most innovative and challenging legal work across life sciences industries from the past year, as well as those driving the international market.”
On 2 July 2021, an extended panel of seven UK Supreme Court Justices handed down a unanimous judgment in favour of Servier Laboratories, in a landmark case which saw the panel reject the Secretary of State’s attempt to reformulate and broaden the scope of the unlawful means tort. This industry-significant judgment is a major win for patentees in the UK; it both leaves the patent system undisturbed and serves as a crucial clarification for patentees and stakeholders in the UK and beyond. Marie Manley, Chris Boyle, and Victoria Kerr represented Servier Laboratories, together with Marie Demetriou, QC and Daniel Piccinin from Brick Court Chamber.
Spanning three continents, Sidley’s integrated Life Sciences industry team works cohesively to provide pioneering legal advice to the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and medical device industries, and represents clients before national and international courts. The team advises clients’ multi-faceted, multinational business concerns across borders, cultures, and complex legal terrain. A number of its lawyers have years of experience serving in senior roles at key regulatory agencies. The team’s substantial government credentials include successfully representing clients before government agencies including the European Commission, the MHRA, EMA, Swissmedic, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the National Medical Products Administration.