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Taking university projects from concept to commercial success

The innovation lifecycle

UK universities are recognised for their exceptional research and innovation, yet often fall short of leveraging this to best effect.

It can seem like a complex process taking your project out into the world as a new business venture, fraught with risk and red tape.

That’s where we can help. We do things differently bringing a fresh perspective while making the complex, simple.

Consider us your sounding board and critical friend throughout the innovation lifecycle.

We offer a wide range of specialist legal expertise and higher education experience, so we’re well placed to provide you with the practical advice you need to develop your project and achieve success.

We share your passion for innovation so not only will we share our knowledge and pragmatic advice; we’ll share our connections and cross-sector insights too.

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Sam McGinty, Director of Legal Services Loughborough University
“What I really value most about working with the firm is the opportunity to build close working relationships so the firm can feel like an extension of the in-house team”

Why Browne Jacobson? 

  • We have extensive experience supporting complex projects, establishing governance of university trading subsidiaries and involving multi-disciplinary strategic guidance from our corporate, tax, IP, charities and subsidy control specialists. 
  • We tailor our approach to your needs and in-house resources: from leading negotiations on your behalf with investors to providing guidance or training behind the scenes to your teams. 
  • We practise what we preach! We're actively collaborating with the University of Nottingham in a UKRI funded research project to improve equality, diversity and inclusion.
  • While having access to a broad range of legal expertise, our team will bring that together to advise you in a holistic manner, making the complex, simple. 
  • Our award-winning team is ranked as “a go to firm for heavyweight IP matters”, working closely with a wide range of universities throughout the innovation lifecycle. 
  • We can be as hands-on or as light touch as you require, with bespoke retainer to support future spinouts allowing us to take more of a supervisory/assurance role to support your in-house team as required. 
  • As part of our commitment to assisting start-ups, universities, spinouts and SMEs, we offer the Grow programme, a legal assistance programme designed specifically for budding businesses. It is carefully tailored for companies at any stage of their start-up journey. 
  • We also have our Co-Sec team to support you with cost-effective, high-quality company secretarial services. Supporting over 1,000 UK registered companies for UK and international clients you'll be in safe hands.

Our expertise

Structuring enterprise subsidiary

We advised on the incorporation of its main trading subsidiary, governance, changes to the corporate structure and makeup of the subsidiary’s board. We also advise on their direct IP licensing to commercialise new green technology.

Securing ERDF funding

We advised Keele University with their European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) application to secure funding. This included state aid compliance advice, looking at valuing contributions and exemptions.

Research collaboration to improve ED&I

We’re collaborating with the University of Nottingham in a UKRI funded research project to improve equality, diversity and inclusion on behalf of our clients. An initial strand focused on improving accessibility of policy documents in partnership with their linguistics team.

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