Home / People / Sarah Hanson
Picture of Hanson Sarah

Sarah Hanson

Co-Chair Life Sciences & Healthcare Sector

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Cannon Place
78 Cannon Street
United Kingdom
Languages English

Sarah Hanson is a Partner in the Technology team and is the UK representative for the management committee of the CMS Commercial Group. She works across a number of sectors but has a particular focus on life sciences & healthcare and consumer products.  She is Co-chair of the UK Life Sciences & Healthcare Sector Group.

She has specialised in high value, cross-border commercial, intellectual property and outsourcing transactions for more than 20 years having advised on a broad range of commercial agreements relating to in and out licensing, sales and distributor arrangements, research and development, manufacturing and supply, strategic alliances and joint ventures.  During her time with the firm she has been on secondment with Warner Lambert (now part of Pfizer). 

more less

"Sarah Hanson has acted as our relationship partner and has always responded quickly and helped to select appropriate advisors within the CMS network for each instruction."

Client Feedback, Legal 500

Sarah Hanson is ranked in Tier 2 as a Leading Practitioner in the lifesciences - Transactional category with client feedback including: "We get fast and clear responses from her and good engagement at all stages. We have had a very positive overall experience."

Chambers and Partners, 2020

Ranked as a Leading Individual for Commercial Contracts.

Legal 500, 2019

Sarah is ranked in Band 2 as a leading practitioner in the Lifesciences – Transactional category where clients say “She never misses a thing” and “could not be more responsive”

Chambers 2018

Sarah was also the exclusive winner of the Healthcare and Lifescience category for the UK of the International Law Office (ILO) Client Choice Awards.

Client Choice Awards

Sarah is ranked in Band 2 as a leading practitioner in the Lifesciences – Transactional category in Chambers where sources say she is “rock solid and praise her for her commercial approach” (2016 edition).

"Sarah is ranked as a leading practitioner for licensing work on the basis that she “has forged a strong name in transactions for patent-rich practitioners”."

IAM 1000 top patent practitioners.

Sarah has been recommended in a number of directories including PLC which Lawyer? Lifesciences the PLC Lifesciences Handbook and Legal 500 that described her as “delightful, very responsive and helpful”.

Sarah is ranked as a leading individual in Who’s Who Legal: Lifesciences – Transactional (2016 edition).

Relevant experience

  • Almirall SA on the transfer of its respiratory franchise to AstraZeneca for an initial consideration of USD 875m on completion and up to USD 1.22bn in development, launch and sales related milestone payments.
  • PGT Healthcare LLP in relation to a collaboration with Swisse Wellness Group Party Limited in relation to vitamin, mineral and food supplement products across certain territories.
  • Sinclair IS Pharma plc on an exclusive 100 year distribution arrangement with an affiliate of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc, for injectable aesthetic dermal filler products in Western Europe.
  • Takeda Pharmaceutical on its EUR 9.6bn (debt-free cash free) acquisition of Swiss drug company, Nycomed.
  • A retail company in relation to a comprehensive IT transformation project with a value of between GBP 1-2bn.  The new IT operating model involves the appointment of a ‘service integrator’ supplier who will manage and integrate all IT services.  The project also involves appointment of multiple IT “service tower” providers.  This includes the following IT services: (i) End User Computing services; (ii) Network services (telecoms networks across company’s entire estate); (iii) Front Office services (front office IT applications including cash and stock management, retail and stock sales, branch accounting); and (iv) Back Office services (back office IT applications including HR, accounting and finance systems).
  • Futura Medical, an AIM listed company, in relation to the licensing of its CSD500 product to major pharmaceutical and healthcare group, including Church & Dwight and Ansell.  We have advised on the commercial agreements with contract manufacturers and own brand labellers as well as the associated technical and quality agreements.
  • Camelot in respect of the establishment of the Euro Millions lottery and related matters.
  • On the establishment of the Francis Crick Institute, a consortium of Cancer Research UK, the MRC, UCL and the Wellcome Trust, as a world leading establishment for medical research and innovation at Kings Cross, London, together with ongoing operational advice.
  • Nestlé Health Science on its licence agreement with Lipid Therapeutics for exclusive rights to develop and commercialise a new therapeutic for treating mild to moderate ulcerative colitis.
  • hVIVO plc, an AIM listed company, on its interests in PrEP Biopharm and also on PrEP Biopharm’s licensing arrangements with Janssen Pharmaceuticals with respect to technologies to be developed and commercialised for the treatment of a variety of respiratory viruses.
more less


  • 2004 – Intellectual Property Diploma, Bristol University, Bristol
  • 1994 – Distinction, The College of Law, LPC, Chester
  • 1993 – BA (Hons) Cantab Law 2:1, St John’s College, Cambridge
more less


  • ABHI
  • ABPI
  • Biotech Industry Association
  • Society for Computers & Law
  • TechUK
more less


  • European Biopharmaceutical Review – eHealth opportunities for the biopharmaceutical industry
more less

Lectures list

  • EU Pharma Law Conference – May 2015
more less


Show only
CMS Ex­pert Guide to Dis­tri­bu­tion
17 Jan 20
New guid­ance on cy­ber­se­cur­ity for med­ic­al devices pub­lished
In Decem­ber 2019, the Med­ic­al Device Co­ordin­a­tion Group (“MD­CG”) is­sued a new guid­ance to help med­ic­al device man­u­fac­tur­ers meet the cy­ber­se­cur­ity re­quire­ments in the Med­ic­al Devices Reg­u­la­tion (“MDR”)...
11 January 2017
Food and bever­age
23 Dec 19
So­cial Me­dia and mHealth Data EMA / HMA Re­port
New and in­nov­at­ive tech­no­lo­gies have led to a huge in­crease in data com­ing from sources that haven’t pre­vi­ously been used with­in the reg­u­lated medi­cines in­dustry. In re­cog­ni­tion of this ex­plo­sion of...
Our ehealth cap­ab­il­it­ies
03 Sep 19
NICE draft re­com­mend­a­tions on medi­cin­al can­nabis
On 8 Au­gust 2019, the Na­tion­al In­sti­tute for Health & Care Ex­cel­lence (NICE) pub­lished draft guid­ance on pre­scrib­ing can­nabis-based medi­cin­al products for con­sulta­tion (Guid­ance). The Guid­ance will re­place...
CMS Glob­al Lifes­ci­ences For­um 2015
Shap­ing the fu­ture through in­nov­a­tion and col­lab­or­a­tion
12 Jul 19
Al­exa will see you now
In a push to­wards ac­cess­ib­il­ity, the NHS and Amazon have partnered to stream NHS-veri­fied in­form­a­tion to UK homes.  Al­exa, Amazon’s voice-as­sisted tech­no­logy, is now cap­able of auto­mat­ic­ally search­ing...
CMS Glob­al Lifes­ci­ences For­um Re­port 2015
11 Mar 19
Pro­gress on the Life Sci­ences Sec­tor Deal 2
The Of­fice for Life Sci­ences has pub­lished its Feb­ru­ary edi­tion of the Life Sci­ences In­dus­tri­al Strategy & Sec­tor Deal News­let­ter (the “News­let­ter”). The News­let­ter provides an up­date on how the strategy...
The An­ti­dote - Winter 2015
10 Jan 19
Fur­ther guid­ance for life sci­ence com­pan­ies if there is no Brexit...
Up­dated guid­ance has been is­sued by the UK Medi­cines and Health­care products Reg­u­lat­ory Agency (MHRA) on how the UK would reg­u­late medi­cines, med­ic­al devices and clin­ic­al tri­als in the event that the...