Lucy Carlin

Business, Commercial

Title: Senior Associate

Tel: 0191 226 7861

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Lucy is a Senior Associate in the Company and Commercial Department.  She specialises in commercial contracts and intellectual property matters with a particular focus on the technology sector.  She advises both established businesses and SMEs.


  • Having worked in-house at the FTSE 100 technology business, Sage, Lucy advises clients on the full range of technology matters from software-related contracts (which may involve licensing, development, distribution, maintenance and support, cloud deployments, disaster recovery and business continuity) to advising clients on IT procurement and their e-commerce operations. Lucy is a member of the Society for Computers and the Law.
  • In terms of commercial contracts, Lucy advises in relation to terms of business, confidentiality agreements, agency and distribution agreements, service level agreements and outsourcing agreements across all sectors including manufacturing, transport and hospitality & leisure.  Lucy provides supply chain advice to help clients mitigate risk.
  • Lucy helps clients to protect and exploit intellectual property including in the context of  research and development agreements and IP licences.  She has particular expertise in assisting early stage and growth businesses to identify and protect their IP (including by trademark registration).  She also advises in relation to the negotiation and conclusion of IP agreements between universities and commercial entities (including in the healthcare sector).
  • Lucy provides advice relating to franchising and has assisted clients to establish new franchise models.  Representing both franchisees and franchisors, she is well-placed to advise on franchising market practice.

Outside of work, Lucy enjoys exploring new places with her family and is always planning the next adventure (from city breaks to camping trips).

Client/professional quotes

In the Chambers 2018, 2019, 2020 & 2021 Guides, Lucy was identified as an Associate to Watch in relation to Information Technology in the North East with observers commenting that she “stands out as a solicitor who genuinely understands how technology businesses work.” In addition, one client said: “Lucy is outstanding: she goes the extra mile to get our job done, always delivers before the deadline, takes on feedback and takes time to explain legal documents.”

The Legal 500 2017 identified Lucy as a Next Generation lawyer in relation to IT and Telecoms in the North of England citing her work on documentation relating to artificial intelligence software for Amplyfi Limited (winner of Welsh Tech Start-Up of the Year).

Lucy was ranked again as a Next Generation lawyer in the 2018 edition.

The corporate and commercial team won team of the year at the 2019 Northern Law Awards.

Key Practice Areas

  • Commercial
  • Intellectual Property
  • Franchising
  • Technology