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Jonathan Askin

Jonathan Askin

Life Sciences

Tel. 01304 892360 / 01622 690691

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Specialisms and expertise

  • UK, EU and International public procurement law, project management and policy
  • Complex commercial agreements and negotiations
  • Collaboration agreements
  • Supply and Distribution agreements
  • Research and Development agreements
  • Licensing, Intellectual Property and Data Protection


Jonathan provides expert legal advice to public and private sector clients on a broad range of commercial, contractual and public procurement law matters. He has extensive experience in both the health sector and life sciences sector and is the lead partner at Brachers’ Discovery Park office.

Jonathan has a particular interest and significant experience advising on all aspects of UK, EU and International public procurement law with a strong focus on pragmatic and commercial advice to find practical solutions for clients. This includes the structuring and running of complex procurements such as outsourcing, infrastructure, energy and development projects, drafting the various procurement documentation and contracts, evaluation criteria, managing change during the lifetime of a contract, the scope of the Teckal exemption and designing procurement policy and assessing risk.

Previously Jonathan held the position of Senior Commercial Lawyer for the UK Government advising on major contracts, public procurement projects and commercial issues. He was also involved in the consultation with the European Commission regarding the new EU Procurement Directives that have been adopted as UK law in 2015.

Prior to this he was Senior Legal Counsel at the Health Protection Agency (now Public Health England) advising on a broad range of commercial matters. This included areas such as research and development, biosafety, genomic research, proficiency testing, microbiology and biopharmaceutical manufacturing and product development. Jonathan has also spent five years at a leading national firm providing advice on commercial and public procurement law to clients in the health and life sciences sectors before joining Brachers from a leading boutique commercial firm in London.

Jonathan has advised many successful bidders on responding to public sector tendering exercises. He also has experience of both defending and bringing procurement challenges.

Jonathan also delivers bespoke training workshops on key commercial and procurement issues.

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