Firm Profile > Laude Esquier Champey > Paris, France

Laude Esquier Champey
75 008 PARIS

Intellectual property: Trade marks and designs Tier 1

At Laude Esquier Champey, practice head Sophie Havard Duclos runs one of the country's most successful litigation practices. The long client list of major French and international corporations and prestigious small and medium-sized enterprises that frequently seek the team's assistance attests to the group's strength in domestic and international disputes. The fashion, luxury goods, hospitality, cosmetics, social media and beverage sector account for a very significant part of the caseload.

Practice head(s):


‘Maître Havard Duclos’ team has a very strong expertise in IP and is an essential ally in negotiations, pre-litigation and litigation. Their analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the parties and of the case law is always excellent.’

‘Their expertise, their listening skills, their knowledge of the sector, their prices, their efficiency. Satisfactory results in the negotiations.’

‘Delivers hands-on advice and strategy without any fuss. Understands what  practical, but thorough advice looks like. ’

‘Sophie Havard Duclos – very responsive and open, clear communication. Doesn’t just simply follow instructions but proactively thinks with clients to see how goals can be achieved as good and efficient as possible. ’

‘The IP team of Cabinet Laude Esquier Champey is clearly positioned as a major and reputable player in the sector in France.’

‘Sophie Havard Duclos is distinguished by her responsiveness, her availability, the quality of her advice and her sense of strategy based both on a great knowledge of the rules of procedure and the principles of intellectual property rights and on a marked with pragmatism. Cutting-edge advice, both legal and operational. Sophie is a very great professional.’

Key clients

Christian Dior Couture


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Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 2

Laude Esquier Champey is a well-established independent litigation boutique. The firm acts for a diverse range of major SMEs and larger corporations and offers experience in strategic disputes involving public entities, shareholder conflicts, corporate and bankruptcy litigation. Finally, the firm also has solid expertise in insurance law and handles several key disputes regarding insurance coverage issues. Olivier LaudeVictor ChampeyRichard Esquier and Nathalie Karpik co-head the practice.

Practice head(s):

Olivier Laude; Richard Esquier; Victor Champey; Nathalie Karpik


‘Great seriousness and exemplary professionalism. Strategic choices are clearly exposed to the client who is advised at all stages of the procedure. The team makes itself available to explain possible options to be taken. Excellent mastery of files.’

‘Excellent listening, professionalism and availability to explain the adopted strategy. The team knows how to perfectly expose issues and risks and offers adapted solutions. We are guided at all stages. Excellent writing skills.’

‘Olivier Laude has real expertise in commercial and corporate litigation. He bears the interests of the client in mind, beyond the simple management of the litigation. He is a very loyal practitioner.’

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Intellectual property: Copyright Tier 2

French litigation powerhouse Laude Esquier Champey acts for a wide range of clients, including individuals, small and medium-sized enterprises and well-known multinationals. Practice head Sophie Havard Duclos enjoys an excellent reputation in the market and demonstrates a high degree of versatility in her varied caseload, with experience including the fashion, publishing, jewellery, hospitality and consumer goods sectors.

Practice head(s):


‘The team of Maître Sophie Havard Duclos has a very strong and unique expertise in the matter. This team has an excellent analysis of the situation, strengths and weaknesses of each party and therefore conducts optimal negotiations and obtains satisfactory results.’

‘Their expertise is remarkable, excellent knowledge of the IP sector and its players, best advice to its clients while respecting the budgetary constraints of its clients.’

‘Delivers hands-on advice and strategy without any fuss. Understands what practical, but thorough advice looks like. ’

‘Sophie Havard Duclos – very responsive and open, clear communication. Doesn‘t just simply follow instructions but proactively thinks with clients to see how goals can be achieved as best and efficiently as possible.’

Key clients

Christian Dior Couture


The firm: The firm was created in 2008 by Olivier Laude, Richard Esquier and Victor Champey. It has always specialised in business litigation.

Areas of practice: Laude Esquier Champey specialises in business litigation. The firm has 20 attorneys whose practices are dedicated to managing and resolving disputes both in France and internationally. The firm primarily acts on behalf of French and international groups, large companies, SMEs and directors and officers operating in a wide variety of economic sectors. Anticipating and managing conflicts, analysing risks, developing strategies, resolving crises, achieving settlements or implementing effective judicial proceedings are at the heart of the firm’s activity and expertise. Led by six seasoned partners with a significant track record in negotiations and litigation, the firm defends its clients’ interests efficiently and with determination, arriving at pragmatic solutions that are adapted to the financial and strategic risks at stake. The firm represents its clients before all types of jurisdictions (judicial, administrative, arbitral).

Department Name Email Telephone
Shareholder lawsuits
Banking and finance
Securities laws
White-collar crime
Collective procedures
Construction/real estate
Commercial contracts
Distribution arrangements
Consumer law
Product defects
Competition and unfair practices
Distribution networks
Trade marks
Design protection
Personal data
Press and media
Individual and collective litigation
Restructuring and redundancy plans
Works council notifications and consultations
Union representation
at this office : 20
International Bar Association (IBA)
Association Française des Praticiens du droit des Marques et des Modèles (APRAM)
International Trademark Association (INTA)
International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI)
Association Française des Praticiens du droit des Marques et des Modèles (APRAM)
Other offices : Lyon