Partnership announcement: Kilburn & Strode appoints new partner to expand Chemistry offering

Partnership announcement: Kilburn & Strode appoints new partner to expand Chemistry offering

We’re delighted to announce that Jo Bradley has joined Kilburn & Strode’s Life Sciences & Chemistry group in the firm’s latest external hire into the partnership. The appointment is part of the firm’s continuing growth strategy, with the expansion of an already stellar chemistry offering. Notably, this is the firm’s fourth consecutive hire of a woman into the partnership.

Jo brings a wealth of experience, having built a practice in the speciality (performance) chemicals sector, known for its particular complexity and competitiveness, over the past two decades. Jo will be able to continue her outstanding work for her existing client base, who are familiar with her thorough and strategic approach to obtaining IP protection worldwide and, in particular, in dealing with contentious inter partes proceedings at the European Patent Office. 

Jo’s offering includes a strong physical chemistry background which has yielded success for client’s portfolios in areas such as

  • Fuel cell technology, batteries, gas sensors, solar cells, and

  • ​LED technology

Jo has also experience in the medical sector, including wound care technology and pharmaceuticals.

Commenting on the appointment, partner Elizabeth Crooks says: “Jo is an excellent fit for us. She is direct, dynamic and dedicated to her clients. She brings the right mix of chemistry expertise that complements the firm’s existing offering.”

The firm’s growth strategy has continued to rise on an upward trajectory. The firm’s last four external hires at partner level have all been women, a major accomplishment and tribute to the firm’s progressive, diverse and inclusive culture. The trade marks team welcomed Dutch-native Claudia Festen and her team in 2019, as well as Rowena Tolley at the start of 2020. In the same year, Rike Dekker joined the LSC group. Also a Dutch-native, Rike heads up the firm’s Rotterdam office.

I am really delighted to have joined Kilburn & Strode. They are a firm of enthusiastic, highly skilled, top-of-their game attorneys with a strong focus on their clients. I am looking forward to working in their Life Sciences & Chemistry group.“ Jo Bradley

Kilburn & Strode’s offering in the life sciences and chemistry sectors:

Our Life Sciences & Chemistry group is a strategic advisor for our clients, wherever they are. We work with a diverse range of clients, from spin-outs to multinationals, and manage portfolios covering nearly 100 countries.
We work with some of the exciting biotech companies in the world, handle cases involving some of the most valuable drugs, and integrate with multinational chemical giants, whose innovative technologies are contributing to saving the environment. 
Whether obtaining protection, clearing the path or defending key technologies, we offer a unique combination of experience, technical expertise and, most importantly, an approach that makes us a true extension of our clients’ teams. We have technical, legal and commercial nous second to none and we combine this with an attitude that makes working together easy. Many firms will have competent patent attorneys, but we distinguish ourselves by our complete focus on building deep relationships.
In contentious proceedings, our strategic relationships with our clients mean we create teams with one common goal: to win. Knowing our clients and their technologies really well is what allows us to be so effective and agile.
Whether working as strategic partners or extensions of in-house teams, our technical expertise and dedicated focus on client relationships ensures we offer an exceptional service.

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