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Charlotte May QC

 


Year of call: 1995
Year of silk: 2014

Charlotte May QC has a broad practice across all areas of intellectual property, but with particular focus on patents, copyrights, trade marks and passing off. She has a niche practice in SPCs, with a wealth of experience in this area that is second to none. She also has a strong reputation for media and entertainment work, with a loyal client base.

Charlotte is a talented advocate who is “always up for the fight, but also sensible in her approach”. She is commended by the legal directories for her “sharp eye for detail” and “exceptional client skills”. Charlotte is known to work particularly well leading a team and for devising litigation strategies commensurate with clients’ commercial objectives.

Charlotte has experience at all court levels, including the CJEU where she has represented commercial clients and the UK Government on numerous occasions.

Charlotte is also a qualified mediator (accredited by the Society of Mediators).

Charlotte is a contributor to Laddie Prescott and Vitoria on the Modern Law of Copyright and Designs.

Recent Activity

» (1) Sandoz Ltd (2) Hexal AG v (1) G.D. Searle LLC (2) Janssen Sciences Ireland UC [2017] EWHC 987 (Pat)
» Teva UK Ltd v Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp [2017] EWHC 539 (Pat)
» Accord v Medac [2016] EWHC 24 (Pat)
» Unwired Planet v Huawei and Samsung [2015] EWHC 3366 (Pat)
» Warner-Lambert Company LLC v Actavis Group PTC EFH [2015] EWHC
» Smith & Nephew Plc v Convatec Technologies Inc [2015] EWCA Civ 607 (24 June 2015)
» ITV v TVCatchup [2015] EWCA Civ 204
» Cartier International AG & Ors v British Sky Broadcasting Ltd & Ors [2014] EWHC 3354 (Ch); [2016] EWCA Civ 658; [2018] UKSC 28
» Specsavers International Healthcare Ltd & Ors v Asda Stores Ltd (Rev 1) [2014] EWCA Civ 1294

What the Directories Say

“Charlotte May QC acts for clients in sophisticated IP matters and is recommended by interviewees for her ‘highly detailed work’.”
WWL UK Bar 2019 - IP

“Charlotte May QC is regarded by sources as ‘a star’ and ‘really good, standout counsel’ They commend her excellent work on sector-related IP matters, and note she is ‘very commercial and a great lateral thinker’.”
WWL UK Bar 2019 - Media & Entertainment

Charlotte is a “well-regarded silk praised for the quality of her client care and commerciality, as well as her calm and controlled advocacy”.
Chambers & Partners 2019

“She is clever, responsive and fabulous at client management. She recognises the impact of other cases at home and abroad.”
Legal 500 2019

"She has amazing experience for someone of her call and a good rapport with judges. She is a good advocate with a nice way of presenting things." "She is very thorough and very strong technically. She has an excellent manner with clients"
Chambers & Partners (Intellectual Property) 2017

"We rate her very highly and would be quick to turn to her for assistance with advertising and media disputes"
Chambers & Partners (Media & Entertainmenty) 2017

"She is an outstanding advocate with wonderful client handling skills"
Legal 500  (Intellectual Property)  2017

"Bright, interested and an advocate who gets the court's ear"
Legal 500  (Intellectual Property)  2016

"Her expertise in the patents field is equalled by her depth of knowledge and experience of trade mark work. Her attention to detail and authoritative advocacy really impress."
Chambers & Partners (Intellectual Property) 2016

"Straight-talking, commercial and appreciative of client needs."
Legal 500  (Intellectual Property)  2015

"Exceptionally capable, she's always charming, but never gives an inch" "A doughty opponent"
Chambers & Partners (Intellectual Property) 2015

"She's very careful and very methodical, and she has a fantastic way with clients. She has the ability to command the client's respect and at the same time help them undertsand what the best option is for them"
Chambers & Partners (Media & Entertainment) 2015

 

 

 

 

  • What the Directories Say
  • “Charlotte May QC acts for clients in sophisticated IP matters and is recommended by interviewees for her ‘highly detailed work’.”
    WWL UK Bar 2019 - IP

    “Charlotte May QC is regarded by sources as ‘a star’ and ‘really good, standout counsel’ They commend her excellent work on sector-related IP matters, and note she is ‘very commercial and a great lateral thinker’.”
    WWL UK Bar 2019 - Media & Entertainment

    Charlotte is a “well-regarded silk praised for the quality of her client care and commerciality, as well as her calm and controlled advocacy”.
    Chambers & Partners 2019

    “She is clever, responsive and fabulous at client management. She recognises the impact of other cases at home and abroad.”
    Legal 500 2019

    "She has amazing experience for someone of her call and a good rapport with judges. She is a good advocate with a nice way of presenting things." "She is very thorough and very strong technically. She has an excellent manner with clients"
    Chambers & Partners (Intellectual Property) 2017

    "We rate her very highly and would be quick to turn to her for assistance with advertising and media disputes"
    Chambers & Partners (Media & Entertainmenty) 2017

    "She is an outstanding advocate with wonderful client handling skills"
    Legal 500  (Intellectual Property)  2017

    "Bright, interested and an advocate who gets the court's ear"
    Legal 500  (Intellectual Property)  2016

    "Her expertise in the patents field is equalled by her depth of knowledge and experience of trade mark work. Her attention to detail and authoritative advocacy really impress."
    Chambers & Partners (Intellectual Property) 2016

    "Straight-talking, commercial and appreciative of client needs."
    Legal 500  (Intellectual Property)  2015

    "Exceptionally capable, she's always charming, but never gives an inch" "A doughty opponent"
    Chambers & Partners (Intellectual Property) 2015

    "She's very careful and very methodical, and she has a fantastic way with clients. She has the ability to command the client's respect and at the same time help them undertsand what the best option is for them"
    Chambers & Partners (Media & Entertainment) 2015