About

Charlotte Colthurst is a solicitor in the Intellectual Property & Commercial team with a particular interest in brand management and strategy in relation to trade marks, designs, copyright and domain names. 

Charlotte advises clients in relation to intellectual property (IP), data protection, and commercial law across a variety of sectors including technology, finance, retail, media and the creative industries. 

She has a particular focus on brand protection and enforcement, assisting clients with the filing, registration and protection of IP rights, the monitoring and enforcement of those rights, as well as brand expansion. She has experience in handling trade mark disputes at the UKIPO and EUIPO, as well as domain name complaints and company name complaints at Nominet and the Company Names Tribunal. 

Charlotte has experience in carrying out IP due diligence for corporate transactions as well as conducting intellectual property audits. 

In addition, she assists with cross-sector advice on commercial contracts, confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements, and IP licences and assignments.  Charlotte regularly assists clients with drafting terms and conditions for competitions and prize draws, as well as general sale and consignment terms. She also advises on compliance with the Advertising Standards Authority Codes and other related consumer regulations. 

She advises on data protection and privacy related issues, in particular, compliance with the GDPR and Data Protection Act, and she works with the Media Disputes team on contentious matters. 

Charlotte is co-chair of the Social Committee, a pro bono volunteer with UAL (conducting lectures for product design students on IP rights in 2019 and 2020) and a LawWorks volunteer. 

During her training contract, she completed seats in IP & Commercial, Commercial Dispute Resolution, Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Client and has a breadth of knowledge and experience in each of those areas. 

Prior to becoming a solicitor, Charlotte was an IP paralegal specialising in brands. She also worked in various roles in the art world whilst undertaking an MA in Art Business at Sotheby's Institute of Art. 

Recent work
  • Advising well-established and emerging brands on trade mark filing strategies as well as brand protection and enforcement such as filing oppositions, using watch notices and negotiating co-existence agreements.
  • Advising one of the most recognisable jewellery brands in the UK on consumer law.
  • Advising a large US tech company on UK and EU trade mark opposition proceedings.
  • Advising a US beverage company on UK opposition proceedings and co-existence negotiations. 
  • Advising a large Japanese e-commerce company on consumer and data protection law.  
  • Advising on the IP aspects of corporate transactions and restructuring.
  • Advising on copyright and royalty issues in relation to deceased authors and their estates. 
  • Acting for a software technology client in a dispute with an ex-employee over stolen intellectual property. 
  • Acting in a pro bono case for a charity against a supplier in a commercial contract dispute. 
Did you know
Charlotte is a qualified ski instructor and represented her university at regional and national ski racing competitions whilst at university. 

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