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Medical Defence & Health Law

In the evolving area of medicine and health, you need expert protection. Whether it's defending your professional rights, a regulatory investigation or an attack on your reputation or product, it's essential to have someone on your side who understands the law and, crucially, understands your world.

At Gowling WLG, we're focused on protecting health professionals and health-related enterprises. Our team has over 100 years of experience in medical defence and health sciences, and over 100 professionals immersed in your sector.

We can support the complexities of your reality — whether you’re a health professional or a pharmaceutical, medical device or biotechnology company.

For health professionals, we follow you during your practice, and we protect your professional goals and reputation throughout. If you’re an innovative life sciences company, we’ll support you throughout your product’s lifecycle — from the first steps of research through regulatory approvals, commercialisation and market impact. 

With our in-depth background in medical and scientific knowledge, we speak your language. Many of our professionals have been trained in science, medicine and related technologies, making us best-placed to defend you against allegations that impact your professional life or your product.

We’ve helped shape the regulatory framework that impacts your activities, always working in your best interests, whether before self-regulating colleges or governmental regulatory bodies. Each case enhances our knowledge base. As your world evolves, so do we. 

We’re also proven leaders in the development and adoption of efficient, value-driven tools and approaches for the management of litigation files in a manner that's both transparent and in tune with your business needs. These include our customised legal project management platform, Practical LPM™; electronic file and case management; project budgeting; knowledge management; and alternative fee/alternative billing arrangements, ranging from fixed fees, capped fees and blended rates to rewards-based/performance fees and contingency fees.

Areas of focus for our team include:

  • Agricultural products
  • Biologics
  • Biotech/bioengineering
  • Cosmetics
  • Crisis and media management     
  • Data breach management and trans-border health data management 
  • Drug pricing & reimbursement
  • Food and beverages 
  • Care and treatment in the clinical setting
  • Natural health products including supplements
  • Medical device and drug approval processes 
  • Electronic health records management
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Product research & CROs
  • Product liability 
  • Professional regulation and liability 
  • Public health recalls and investigation
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Risk management


We care deeply about the contributions you and your colleagues make to improving the quality of life for all, and we'd be proud to be a part of your team. To learn more, please contact us. 

Key Contact

Donald J. Dow
Donald J. Dow

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