Sophie LawrancePartner at Bristows
Sophie specialises in EU and UK competition law. She has a particular interest in working with businesses in the technology and pharmaceutical sectors. Her practice spans all competition issues, but has a particular focus on litigation and investigations, as well as advisory work.
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 patent litigation cases in which competition defences have been raised. 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. Many of these cases have involved companies in the life sciences sector.
Alongside her litigation case-load, Sophie handles competition authority investigations, 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 regulator.