Patricia Barclay


Patricia Barclay started her career in-house. She held a number of senior positions with Pfizer in the UK and US before becoming General Counsel of Vernalis, a position she subsequently held at the privately held multinational Ferring Group based in Denmark and then at Solvay Pharmaceuticals in Belgium.  She has extensive experience in the negotiation of complex international licensing and cooperation agreements, mergers and acquisitions, investment arrangements, the management of intellectual property, public affairs and the establishment and development of internal services and departments.  She is one of only a handful of UK lawyers to have been honoured with a Fellowship of the American Bar Association Foundation and is currently Chair of the International Bar Association Healthcare and Life Science committee.

In 2007 she established Bonaccord, a law firm solely focussed on the commercialisation of scientific innovation. The firm has won multiple awards including several as UK Life Science Law Firm of the Year. Patricia has hands on experience of the pharma, biotech, genetic, medical device, animal health, cosmetic, food & drink, specialty chemical, specialty engineering, electronics, space and software sectors.

The firm supports clients all over the world and provides consultancy services to a number of law firms in life science and intellectual property matters and to universities in technology transfer.  Additionally, Patricia has developed various courses, primarily in intellectual property, entrepreneurship, mediation and negotiation skills at both practical and academic levels which she teaches regularly for academic and professional institutions.  She is an active business mentor.

Published Works

Contact details / 0131 202 6527

Areas of Practice

Life Sciences

Year Qualified



University of Edinburgh LLB ( Hons) DipLP
University of Oxford BCL


Law Society of Scotland
International Bar Association
American Bar Association