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About Lucy Charlton

Lucy works on contentious and non-contentious IP, IT, data protection and commercial matters.

She advises clients across sectors on the protection and exploitation of intellectual property rights.

Lucy regularly advises on IP-heavy and technology-related transactions, including complex business separations and JVs. She also negotiates standalone commercial agreements and advises clients on data-protection compliance.

Lucy has been seconded to the firm’s Paris office and to a global brand of industrial and automotive lubricants.

Recent work

  • Advising AB InBev on the IP and separation aspects of its £78.4bn merger with SABMiller, for which the Freshfields IP team won Managing IP’s Firm of the Year 2017 (IP Transactional – Europe). Read more about the deal in our case study.

  • Advising Mondelēz and DE Master Blenders on the brand- and technology-related aspects of contemplated disposals in the context of their $7bn merger.

  • Advising Holcim, in the context of its EUR40bn merger with Lafarge, on the separation, technology and IP licensing aspects of multiple global and regional disposals, including the carve-out and sale of a EUR6.5bn business to CRH.

  • Acting for an international electronics company in pan-European design-right litigation relating to consumer electronics.

  • Advising a leading publishing company on the intellectual property and IT aspects of its acquisition of an innovative cloud-based research management and social collaboration platform.


  • Solicitor, England and Wales

  • Solicitor, Ireland

  • University of Oxford, UK (diploma in intellectual property law and practice)
  • Oxford Institute of Legal Practice, UK (legal practice course)
  • University of Oxford, UK (MA in jurisprudence)