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Charlotte Tillett

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Stevens & Bolton LLP

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Intellectual Property and Life Sciences


Partner in the IP practice and head of Life Sciences. Charlotte advises clients on the protection and exploitation of the full range of IP rights. She regularly handles IP licensing, joint development agreements, IP restructuring and transactional work. Her experience on contentious matters includes pharmaceutical patent litigation, trade mark and passing off disputes, copyright and designs litigation as well as actions involving breach of confidence and defamation. Charlotte has a particular interest in life sciences, and her technical background has assisted her with work in this sector over the past 10 years.


Studied Physiological Sciences at Oxford University before joining Herbert Smith, where she trained and then qualified in 2005 and subsequently awarded a Post-Graduate Diploma in Intellectual Property Law and Practice. Joined Stevens & Bolton LLP in 2008 and became partner in 2016.


Member of the AIPPI, INTA, TIPLO, BIA and ABPI.


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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management

Within: Brand management

Guildford- based Stevens & Bolton LLP¬† is praised by clients for ‚Äėoffering outstanding legal expertise and value-for-money‚Äô, the team has wide-ranging capabilities in strategic brand advice, protection and enforcement matters, licensing, sponsorship deals and reputation management, helping to attract¬†SME‚Äôs and established international clients. Tom Lingard¬† leads the group which includes Charlotte Tillett¬†, a specialist on protection and commercial exploitation of IP rights who has previously worked with clients such as Antonio Puig, FGX Europe and TEAZ Cosmetics Company. Lingard advises on all IP matters with a focus in litigation; he has assisted Brighton & Hove Football Club and Tough Mudder on trade mark enforcement matters and opposition proceedings in the UKIPO. In franchising Nicola Broadhurst¬† has worked with TM Lewin to secure an endorsement agreement with Gary Linekar. Senior associate Elaine O‚ÄôHare is regularly called to advice fashion and retail sector clients on IP matters; key highlights are assisting a leading French fashion house in relation to a comparative advertising dispute and acting Casino de Monte Carlo in a UK trade mark infringement case.

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Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

Stevens & Bolton LLP 's Guildford-based intellectual property team is highlighted as 'excellent', particularly for contentious matters. The department successfully defended Future Publishing in claims of breach of contract, misrepresentation and trade mark revocation brought by Edge Interactive and Edge Games. In another work highlight practice head Tom Lingard led the successful representation of Snapbook Photo Printing Studio in trade mark infringement proceedings in both the UK and Poland. The group is also instructed by Kia Motors (UK), Accord Healthcare and new clients Samsung and Nintendo. Charlotte Tillett is another key name to note, Tillet and Lingard both attract praise for being 'responsive and pragmatic in their advice'. Gary Parnell and Nicola Broadhurst are singled out for technology sector matters and licensing of brands through franchising respectively.

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Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology

Within: Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology

Stevens & Bolton LLP's multi-disciplined practice covers IP, commercial, competition and disputes matters. Charlotte Tillett leads the team and has extensive experience in both contentious and non-contentious intellectual property matters. Tom Lingard heads the IP team and is also heavily involved in this sector. Michael Frisby is an expert in life sciences-related disputes, both litigation and arbitration. Commercial lawyer Beverley Flynn advised SecurMed UK on its arrangement with Arvato Systems to establish a medicines verification system for the prescription and supply of medicines in the UK. Construction specialist Stephen Rockhill assisted Institute for Cancer Research with the documentation behind the construction of a new laboratory. Also recommended is competition expert Gustaf Duhs, who worked with the British Generic Manufacturers Association on its application to intervene in the case where the Competition Market Authority fined Pfizer and Flynn for hiking prices of drugs supplied to the NHS.

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South East: TMT

Intellectual property

Within: Next generation lawyers

Charlotte Tillett - Stevens & Bolton LLP

Within: Intellectual property

With ‚Äėall the firepower of a heavyweight London firm‚Äô,¬†Stevens & Bolton LLP¬†possesses an ‚Äėexcellent‚Äô IP department who ‚Äėknow their stuff and are extremely efficient and pragmatic‚Äô. Practice head¬†Tom Lingard¬†and¬†Charlotte Tillett¬†are the key figures and are ‚Äėfirst-class lawyers‚Äô who are ‚Äėa joy to work with‚Äô. Solicitor-advocate Lingard‚Äôs primary focus is on litigation but he also advises clients on complex IP licensing and transactional matters. Lingard is representing endurance event company Tough Mudder in a variety of brand and trademark enforcement matters, as well as in opposition proceedings in the UKIPO. Tillett heads the life sciences sector offering and has experience of contentious matters including pharmaceutical patent litigation, trade mark and passing off disputes, copyright and designs litigation, and actions involving breach of confidence and defamation. Tillett is advising CI Plus on a complex claim in the High Court against Impex-Sat for breach of licence terms and circumvention of technical devices applied to copyright works, among other claims. Senior associate¬†Elaine O'Hare¬†has a particular expertise in the fashion and retail sectors, with recent projects including advising a leading French fashion house on a comparative advertising dispute. Communications practice head¬†Gary Parnell¬†is noted for his advice on IP-related matters concerning software solutions.

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Media and entertainment

Within: Media and entertainment

Stevens & Bolton LLP advises both on contentious matters (including copyright and trade mark infringement issues, defamation and contractual disputes) and advisory and licensing work. Solicitor advocate Tom Lingard heads the sector offering and is primarily involved with litigation matters; Charlotte Tillett and senior associate Elaine O'Hare are other key figures on the contentious side. Lingard and Tillett advised digital content marketing agency Mediablaze on its investment from iCrossing, while Lingard and O’Hare represented Future Publishing in a claim for declaratory relief, breach of contract, misrepresentation and trade mark revocation brought by Edge Interactive and Edge Games. On the advisory side, commercial partners Gary Parnell and Nicola Broadhurst are key figures; project highlights include Broadhurst and associate Tom Collins handling the drafting and negotiation of an endorsement and image rights licence between client T.M Lewin & Sons and BBC Sport presenter Gary Lineker.

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