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University of Bath

Clarissa Bell Legal Advisor

Providing high-level legal advice for research and commercialisation contracts, with particular emphasis on strategic initiatives.


Clarissa is responsible for:

  • providing high-level legal advice on research and commercialisation matters to University researchers, RIS colleagues and University senior management
  • leading on legal matters relating to strategic initiatives of RIS
  • advising on arrangements for commercialisation of University IP, such as commercial licences with third parties and spin-outs

Clarissa works closely with the Head of Pre-Award and Contracts, the Senior Contracts Manager, and the Research Impact and Commercialisation team.


After completing her degree, Clarissa worked in an advertising agency in London’s West-End, before deciding to become a solicitor. She attended the College of Law, London, completed her solicitor’s training contract at a law firm in Bristol and qualified as a solicitor in 2002. She continued at the Bristol firm, specialising in Corporate and Commercial work, before joining the University in 2005.


Clarissa qualified as a solicitor in 2002. She also has a degree in Music from Durham University.