Professor Nils Hoppe, a leading life sciences lawyer, and Eleanor Coets, a specialist in clinical trials and embryo research, have joined Hill Dickinson.
Professor Hoppe brings a wealth of experience to his appointment as a consultant to Hill Dickinson. He is the professor of life sciences law and ethics and director of the Centre for Ethics and Law in the Life Sciences at the University of Hannover; and dean of research at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.
His extensive experience includes acting as external ethics expert for the European Commission, a post he has held since 2008, and membership of the UK Biobank Ethics and Governance Council.
Eleanor Coets studied law in Brussels, Ghent and Washington DC, specialising in health law. After graduating in September 2016, she became in-house counsel at Erasme University Hospital of Brussels. Working for the Clinical Trial Centre, she advised researchers and pharmaceutical companies on the setting up of their clinical research projects and compliance. Since 2017, Eleanor has been legal counsel to the Belgian Federal Commission for medical and scientific research on in vitro human embryos.
Professor Hoppe said: ‘Hill Dickinson is establishing a reputation as a law firm with in-house expertise that not only keeps pace with, but anticipates, future developments in the law relating to life sciences. It’s a wide ranging and highly complex field and I am delighted to be joining the team at this exciting time in its development.’
Andrew Craggs, Hill Dickinson’s head of health, said: ‘Nils’ appointment is the next step in our strategy to build top flight capability within our life sciences and health tech team. Nils’ vast experience in the ethics and regulation of life sciences adds an important new dimension to our service offer that we believe few other law firms can match. I’m delighted to welcome Nils to the Hill Dickinson team.’