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Sophie Lawrance

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Bristows (Services) Limited

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Competition and EU, Competition litigation


Sophie has specialised in competition law for over 15 years. She has particular experience in working with businesses in technology and pharmaceutical sectors, and in relation to the competition issues that arise in connection with standardised technology. Sophie has represented companies in these sectors and beyond in investigations (including dawn raids) and litigation before the UK and EU competition authorities. She also has significant experience of private competition litigation. Recent or ongoing cases include Conversant v. ZTE; Unwired Planet v. Samsung and Google; Infederation v. Google as well as proceedings in the EU General Court for Servier.

Sophie is a contributor to Intellectual Property and Competition law, Oxford University Press, eds. Anderman & Ezrachi, 2011; and contributes regularly to publications including the Journal of IP Law and Practice, Journal of EC Law and Practice, Competition Law Journal, Competition Law Insight and to Bristows’ ‘CLIP Board’ blog on the IP/Competition law interface.


Bristows 2002 to date; partner since 2016


Competition Law Association; Law Society Competition Section


MA, MPhil, PhD, University of Cambridge;
Postgraduate Diploma in Competition Law, Kings College, London

London: Corporate and commercial

EU and competition

Within: EU and competition

Bristows LLP is ‘excellent in all fields in competition law’ and is particularly well regarded for its expertise in the IP and TMT sectors, where it provides an ‘inventive’ and ‘highly tailored’ approach to clients including Google, Samsung, International Copyright Enterprise Services, Sony, and ZTE. Practice head Pat Treacy is recommended as ‘the go-to competition counsel in Europe for IP/innovation related matters, delivering outstanding work’. Treacy and Stephen Smith have been advising D&M on an EC investigation into resale price maintenance in the context of e-commerce in the EU, as well as assisting the client with an overhaul of its EU distribution agreements in the light of new market and legal developments and the EC’s Digital Single Market Enquiry. Sophie Lawrance is also noted for her expertise in the technology and pharmaceutical sectors and for forming an ‘outstanding team’ with Treacy.

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London: Dispute resolution

Competition litigation

Within: Competition litigation

Boutique IP firm Bristows LLP stands out for its 'exceptional strength' at the overlap between IP and competition law, for which the 'seriously clever' team is noted for its 'creative' approach to competition damages cases. The group is led by 'extremely knowledgeablePat Treacy, who is ably supported by Sophie Lawrance and Stephen Smith. The group continues to defend Google in a High Court action brought by Foundem following the European Commission's decision concerning the client's online search function. In another highlight, it represented Samsung in relation to the competition law aspects of a major dispute with Unwired Planet and Ericsson involving FRAND value for essential patents. Life sciences competition law expert Marie Manley departed to Sidley Austin LLP in February 2018.

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