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Lisa Peets - Partner

I chair the technology and media team and am part of our trade, data protection/cybersecurity, and public policy practices. While at law school, I spent a summer interning at Covington’s Washington, DC office. I had the opportunity to work with some inspirational and creative lawyers who clearly loved the law and the firm, so I applied when an opportunity opened in Covington’s London office.

Now I spend my days advising major innovators on the policy and regulatory issues surrounding their business. I draw from a range of disciplines, including trade, IP, data protection, procurement, and consumer protection. What I love most about my practice is that it isn’t static. Our team—trainees included—is constantly being stretched to tackle new areas. We’re also fortunate enough to have many terrific clients who treat us as members of their teams rather than as their “outside” counsels and who trust us to regularly advise on some of their most sensitive and strategic issues.

Our team is leanly staffed and our trainees are central to our work. As such trainees work directly with partners, are closely integrated into major matters and interact with our clients regularly. They aren’t collating documents or standing by the printer—instead, they’re in the middle of everything we do, every day.

Robin Blaney - Partner

I started as a trainee here at Covington and became a partner in the life sciences regulatory practice three years ago. I specialise in advising pharmaceutical companies on regulatory and compliance matters, corporate transactions and commercial agreements.

Fundamentally, what I enjoy most about my work is that the medicines we help our clients develop can actually make a real difference to people’s lives. Life sciences is also a lively area of law with constantly evolving legislation, regulation and case law which results in every day being different. In a typical week, I could be assisting a major pharmaceutical company, such as AstraZeneca, on headline corporate transactions, drafting a response to an inspection by a regulatory authority and advising a start-up U.S. biotech on the requirements for sponsoring a European clinical trial which involves travel to our Brussels office. I spent several years there as an associate which was a great opportunity and was a key part of my own career progression at Covington.

Our London office has grown considerably since I joined, though what is great is that we have retained the culture that attracted me so much to the firm in the first place. We still work in close-knit teams, with trainees and junior associates working directly for partners and gaining responsibility for and exposure to clients at an early stage. Now, as a trainee supervisor myself, I am keenly aware that trainees represent the firm’s future and that through our immersive and comprehensive training programme we are giving them the skills they need to progress as I did.

Morag Peberdy - Of Counsel

I am a senior intellectual property lawyer with a broad-ranging practice in a wide array of IP rights, including trade mark and copyright, patents, and contentious and non-contentious matters.

I studied biological sciences before converting to law, and then trained and spent a number of years at a top 10 City firm, where I became a solicitor advocate. I was attracted to move to Covington by its great reputation for life sciences, the opportunity to work with a diverse range of clients and assignments, its entrepreneurial nature and the enthusiasm of its lawyers. I haven’t been disappointed. My background is also typical of a number of the lawyers in the firm—a lot of us have an edge—be that by working in industry before qualifying or simply being able to indulge our academic interests through the law.

Another aspect of working here that I really enjoy is my role as chair of pro bono activities in the London office. Lawyers across the firm at every level work with a range of charities and individuals on legal matters. It is very rewarding to use our professional skills to support a variety of good causes which typically would not otherwise have access to legal advice.

I interact with colleagues across practice areas and offices on a regular basis. It’s a cliché, but no day is the same—there is no typical week and working life is never boring. I love the fact that we work with clients of all different shapes and sizes, from start-up domestic biotech companies, to the world’s largest household names—the common theme being that it is Covington they turn to for their most critical business issues.