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Herbert Smith Freehills' Milan Managing Partner Laura Orlando has taken home her second award in the last week, winning 'Food Lawyer of the Year' at the 2019 TopLegal Industry Awards.

Laura was presented with the award for regulatory advice she had recently given a client in relation to a life sciences matter  centred around the classification of a borderline product as a food supplement.

The TopLegal Industry Awards showcase firms who advise clients based on the specific needs of the sector in which they operate.  The selection criteria includes: evaluating the use of resources for the benefit of the customer; service innovation; specific knowledge of the sector;  and the activity and solutions provided to the customer.

Laura was also recently awarded the IP Lawyer of the Year Award at the LegalCommunity IP & TMT Awards.

Laura specialises in contentious and non-contentious intellectual property and focuses on patent and regulatory law in the life sciences sector. In this field she has acted in some of the highest profile multi-jurisdictional patent cases, including in the context of the SPC Regulation, and has assisted major pharmaceutical companies in connection with patent expiry of top selling drugs. She also advises on regulatory matters, particularly at the interface with patent law.

The firm's Milan office is supported by patent litigation partners who are recognised as leading advisers to innovative pharmaceutical, biotechnology and life sciences companies. With a strong focus in life sciences patent litigation, but also covering the full spread of IP rights across a variety of sectors, Herbert Smith Freehills' presence in Italy further strengthens its market-leading pan-European patent litigation and strategy offering for its global clients.