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Sophie Lawrance

Sophie Lawrance

Bristows LLP

Sophie specialises in competition law. She has a particular interest in working with businesses in technology and pharmaceutical sectors, and in relation to the competition issues that arise in connection with standardised technology. Sophie regularly advises on the competition issues which arise from licensing, distribution and agency arrangements. She has significant experience of advising on the behavioural issues that affect companies with larger market shares.

Sophie has significant experience of competition litigation in the UK courts. She has been involved both in stand-alone competition law actions and in several substantial pieces of patent litigation in which competition defences have been raised (acting both for claimants and defendants). Sophie has acted as lead associate in a number of such cases, including where interim injunctive relief has been sought and in cases involving standard essential patents and FRAND.

Sophie has also advised in the context of numerous cases before competition regulators at EU and national level. Issues on which she has advised in this context include both substantive competition law and procedural issues, such as legal professional privilege.

Sophie is a contributing author (with Pat Treacy) to Intellectual Property and Competition Law (New Frontiers) (OUP) with a chapter on Intellectual Property Rights and Out of Court Settlements. She has been a member of a number of working groups involved in both commenting and developing UK and EU law/guidance. She is a regular contributor to Bristows' blog on the competition/IP interface, the CLIP Board, and to competition and IP journals.

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