Charlie French

Senior Associate

Charlie is a senior associate in the patent litigation team at Bristows. She advises clients from a variety of sectors but has a particular interest in the life sciences and biotechnology sectors, where her background in biochemistry gives her an excellent understanding of the technical issues that arise.

Charlie has extensive experience representing clients in complex patent litigation before the Patents Court (High Court) and Court of Appeal. In addition to her experience before the English courts, she works alongside lawyers and patent attorneys in Europe, Asia and Africa to coordinate global patent litigation strategies and life-cycle management projects for one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies. She also advises on the enforcement of plant variety rights.

Charlie joined the Bristows team in 2014 from a Magic Circle firm.


  • MA Natural Sciences (Biochemistry), University of Cambridge
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Intellectual Property Law and Practice, University of Oxford
  • Qualified 2012


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