Ms Sophie Lawrance > Bristows LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Bristows LLP

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Competition and EU, Competition litigation


Sophie specialises in EU and UK competition law and litigation.

Sophie has a particular interest in working with businesses in the technology and pharmaceutical sectors, and in relation to the competition issues that arise in connection with standardised technology. Her practice spans all competition issues, but has a particular focus on litigation and investigations.

Sophie has significant experience of competition litigation in the UK courts. She has been involved both in pure competition law actions, acting for both claimants and defendants, and in several substantial pieces of patent litigation in which competition defences have been raised. Sophie has market-leading experience of cases involving FRAND licensing obligations, acting for both implementers and patentees. Alongside this, Sophie’s case load to date has included defending applications for interim injunctive relief, handling mixed stand-alone/follow-on damages claims, raising and defending competition issues arising from the seeking of remedies in IP cases and claims arising from IP licences.

Alongside her litigation case-load, Sophie handles competition authority investigations at both EU and national level, including in dawn raid situations. A recent focus has been on CMA investigations into the UK generics sector. Issues on which she has advised in this context include both substantive competition law and procedural issues, such as legal professional privilege, as well as dealing with competition director disqualification cases which are now a focus for the UK competition regulator.

Sophie is a member of the Competition Law Association (CLA) Committee. She regularly contributes feedback on competition policy issues, as well as speaking at conferences and writing on competition law issues in journals and blogs. Sophie is a regular contributor to Bristows’ blog on the competition/IP interface, the CLIP Board.


Qualified 2004;
Partner 2016


French and German (both good)


Competition Law Association; Law Society Competition Section


MA French and German, University of Cambridge
MA, MPhil, PhD, University of Cambridge;
Postgraduate Diploma in Competition Law, King’s College, London, 2005;

Lawyer Rankings

London > Dispute resolution > Competition litigation

Lauded by clients for its ‘experienced, thoughtful and brilliant‘ capabilities at the intersection of IP and competition litigation, Bristows LLP is particularly well regarded for its technology and life sciences acumen. The ‘fantasticSophie Lawrance draws superlative praise from various blue-chip clients, which turn to her for representation in consumer technology and pharmaceutical sector proceedings. ‘Exceptional‘ practice co-chair Stephen Smith is an experienced advocate who acts for companies in a range of settings, before a number of regulatory agencies, while senior associate Edwin Bond focuses chiefly on technology, pharmaceuticals, and consumer electronics cases. Pat Treacy is now a senior counsel and part-time deputy High Court judge.

London > Corporate and commercial > EU and competition

With longstanding expertise in the technology and life sciences sectors, Bristows LLP‘s team, which works across London and Brussels,  is regularly drafted in to advise on complex matters at the intersection between IP and competition law. The team is led jointly by the ‘simply excellentStephen Smith and technology and pharmaceutical sector expert Sophie Lawrance .  It is able to offer a full range of advice on everything from strategic transactions, to EU and UK competition investigations and disputes.