Richard Dickinson's practice focuses on transactional matters, notably those involving intellectual property rights management, exploitation, and protection. He also focuses on technology and commercial contracts, as well as advising on related regulatory advice (including data protection, privacy, advertising, promotional, and marketing issues).

He advises clients across a range of industries, such as the media and entertainment, telecommunications, software and technology, pharmaceutical, life sciences, retail, fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG), and finance sectors.

Mr. Dickinson's experience includes advising on a range of collaboration, sale/acquisition and licensing agreements (in particular those involving intellectual property assets); commercialization arrangements; distribution, supply and manufacturing contracts; content issues; advertising clearance advice; data protection policies and data processing arrangements; outsourcing, software and hardware contracts, including Internet and new technology matters. He has particular experience of acting on transactions involving multiple jurisdictions.

Richard has a degree in biochemistry from the University of Bristol, and studied law at postgraduate level.


  • Worldwide manufacturing company on its pan-European licensing strategy.
  • Norgine, a specialty pharmaceutical company, on a collaboration and exclusive licensing agreement with Austria-based biotech company Innovacell, for personalised cell-based therapy.
  • UK free-to-air broadcaster on a data protection review and assessment of its viewer and subscriber databases.
  • Global television channel on its production agreements and wider content arrangements.
  • IP-owning company on its franchising agreements across various sectors.

  • Global pharmaceutical group on its licensing arrangements, distribution contracts, online presence, and patient data retention issues.
  • World-leading nutritional group on its wholesaler and distribution contracts.
  • Financial news provision company on its licensing structures and content ownership.


Three Recent Landmark CJEU Rulings: Virtual Territorial Boundaries and the Balance Between Privacy and Freedom of Information
Life Sciences (UK) 2019 (pdf)
Chambers Global Practice Guide
GDPR and clinical trials—more clarity?
BioSlice Blog
How To Be Prepared For A Catastrophic Data Breach
Pink Sheet
2019 Regulatory Boot Camp
Arnold & Porter's Future Pharma Forum, London, United Kingdom


Chambers UK
Intellectual Property (London) (2015-2020)
Media & Entertainment: Publishing Property – Recommended (2009)
IAM Global Leaders
United Kingdom: England (2020)
IAM Patent 1000
Recommended – Transactions (2017-2018)


  • Legal Practice Course, University of the West of England, Bristol, 1994
  • Post-Graduate Diploma in Law, University of the West of England, Bristol, 1993
  • BSc (Hons), Biochemistry, University of Bristol, 1992
  • England and Wales
  • Member, British Literary and Artistic Copyright Association

  • Member, Royal Television Society

  • French
  • German
  • Italian

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