Richard Taylor

Richard Taylor is analytical, detailed and has a razor-sharp focus on legal arguments. He is determined to get the most successful outcome for his clients.
Chambers UK 2021

Richard Taylor is one of the UK’s leading commercial and intellectual property (IP) lawyers, with a particular focus on advice and transactions in the life science sector.

For over 25 years Richard has advised multinationals, SMEs and public bodies on IP-heavy deals and disputes. Richard’s clients benefit from the range and depth of Richard’s experience across IP, regulation, competition, data, software, supply-chain, pharmaceuticals and medical devices.

In 2021 Richard lead a team that was shortlisted for ‘Life Science Team of the Year’, supporting Unilever in its global response to the Covid pandemic across 40+ jurisdictions (British Legal Awards 2021).

Richard is a well-known speaker and writer on IP, commercial and life science law and a visiting lecturer at the Universities of Sheffield and Edinburgh.

Outside the law, Richard is a successful author, television and radio broadcaster, known in particular for his histories of churches. He has saved the life of at least one client (

Professional QualificationsSolicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales


Richard has negotiated deals at the highest level in Manufacturing, Supply and Distribution, R&D, Joint Ventures, IP licensing, arrangements with CMOs and CROs, grant funding and procurement. Highly experienced in these areas in the life science sector, Richard also advises on market entry, Clinical Trials, and HCP marketing.

His disputes work includes contract terms, patents, designs, copyright, know-how and trade secrets. In 2021 Richard successfully resolved a dispute worth GBP200m+ around royalties under a patent licence.

  • London University, LLM Law
  • Oxford University, MA English

Prior Experience

2003 to date, Partner, DLA Piper
1998 to 2003, Partner, Canadian based business law firm
1994 to 1998, Assistant Solicitor, Canadian based business law firm
1992 to 1994, Trainee Solicitor, London based international law firm