Elisabethann Wright

Elisabethann Wright

Partner
Brussels

Email ea.wright@​hoganlovells.com

Phone +32 2 505 09 11

Fax +32 2 505 0996

LanguagesEnglish, Dutch, French

Practice groupGlobal Regulatory

Listed as an expert in regulatory issues on EU Life Sciences law.

Who's Who Legal: Life Sciences 2017

Elisabethann has been practising in the Life Sciences sector for over 30 years in both private practice and international institutions. She is among a handful of lawyers specialized in EU law and regulation of pharmaceuticals and medical devices who have consistently drawn praise from market sources for her knowledge of the legislation, technical competence, and commercial acumen. She helps clients place and keep their products on the European Union market through strategic advice, advocacy before institutions and agencies, and litigation before EU courts. 

Her experience covers the full regulatory life cycle of products: classification of their products, establishment of a pathway to authorisation and marketing of their products in the EU (including related regulatory obligations), pharmacovigilance obligations, conformity assessment of medical devices, promotion and marketing of products, sales agreements, clinical trial agreements, adverse event reporting, product withdrawals, data privacy obligations, and conduct of compliance and anti-bribery investigations. In recent years she has advised clients and published extensively on digital health issues, such as their implications for CE marking obligations for medical devices, and obligations for life sciences companies related to collecting and processing personal health data under the GDPR. 

Elisabethann has substantial experience in litigation before the European Court of Justice, the European Court of First Instance, and the European Free Trade Agreement (EFTA) Court, including challenges, on behalf of industry clients, to decisions of EU institutions and the validity of EU legislation. Elisabethann was a Référendaire (Law Clerk) at the Court of Justice of the European Communities for several years.

Elisabethann is recognized as a leading practitioner in the field by Chambers Europe, Legal 500, Best Lawyers in Belgium, Who’s Who Legal, and Acritas Stars.

Awards and recognitions

2020

Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice
Best Lawyers in Belgium

2018-2019

Acritas Star
Acritas Stars Independently Rated Lawyers

2018-2019

EU Regulatory: Pharma, Medical Devices and Biotech, Leading Individual
Legal 500 EMEA

2018-2019

EU Regulatory: Food
Legal 500 EMEA

2017

Elisabethann Wright is ranked Band 1 by Chambers Belgium 2017 for Life Sciences and Band 2 by Chambers Europe 2017 for Life Sciences

2017

Listed as expert in regulatory issues on EU Life Sciences law
Who's Who Legal: Life Sciences 2017

2015

Brussels Life Sciences practices awarded Finance Monthly – Law Award 2015 in the category of Life Sciences Law Firm of the Year – Belgium

2015

Listed as 'leading authority' on EU Life Sciences law
Who's Who Legal: Life Sciences

2014

Recognised as one of the five "most highly regarded individuals" worldwide
Who's Who Legal: Life Sciences 2014 edition

2014

Brussels office's Life Sciences Practice is ranked in Tier 1 by Legal 500 and Chambers 2014

2012

Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology - Belgium
Legal 500, EU Regulatory

2011-2012

Regulatory
PLC Life Sciences Cross-border Handbook

Education and admissions

Education

Postgraduate Diploma in EC Competition Law, King's College London, 2004

B.L., The Institute of Professional Legal Studies, Belfast, 1985

LL.B., The Queen's University of Belfast, 1984

Bar admissions and qualifications

Brussels

Barrister, Republic of Ireland

Barrister, England and Wales

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