About Clive

Clive is a Partner at Lupton Fawcett and heads the Intellectual Property and Commercial Law Department.

He specialises in all forms of intellectual property law. He has acted for numerous household name companies (including football governing bodies and Premier League clubs) and individuals on both the commercial aspects of intellectual property and in disputes. He has been listed as an expert in intellectual property, media and sports law in numerous guides to the profession, including the Legal 500, Chambers and Partners and Legal Experts.

Alongside his work in the sports industry he has done a large amount of work with professionals and organisations throughout the arts and creative industries. Clive also advises extensively on commercial matters and matters relating to charities and not for profit organisations

Clive has published extensively on intellectual property and sports law and was a board member of Leeds Media. He was a trustee and then Chair of Audiences Yorkshire, the audience development agency for the arts in the region. He is also a Visiting Lecturer at Leeds Beckett University.

Professional Societies

  • Law Society


When not at work

Clive enjoys hill walking, music and theatre, and is a published writer and translator on topics with nothing at all to do with the law.

Sectors that Clive is involved in:

Charities and Social Enterprises, Start-Up Scale-Up, Sport & Leisure, Football Clubs

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Accreditations / Awards

Clive Lawrence has impressive knowledge and experience, is very professional and provides an excellent service

Legal 500 2019

Clive Lawrence, who heads Lupton Fawcett's Intellectual Property department, is diligent , handles the details well and easily gets to the root of the problem and finds the most desired solution

Legal 500, November 2018

Well-written, incisive and informative, Brands: Law, Practice and Precedents is vital reading for intellectual property, commercial and media lawyers, as well as advertising and marketing consultancies, design agencies and brand managers in major companies

The Inhouse Lawyer Magazine on “Brands: Law, Practice and Precedents” (Jordan Publishing Ltd 2008)


Graduated Downing College Cambridge

Qualified as Solicitor

Partner at McCormicks, Leeds

Published “Sport, Business and the Law” (Jordan Publishing Ltd), co-author

Published chapters on Intellectual Property in Sport and Licensing and Merchandising in “Sport: Law and Practice” (Butterworths)

Published “Sports Business: Law Practice and Precedents” (Jordan Publishing Ltd), the revised second edition, co-author

Partner at Clarion, Leeds

Published “Brands: Law, Practice and Precedents” (Jordan Publishing Ltd), sole author

Published chapters on Intellectual Property in Sport and Licensing and Merchandising in “Sport: Law and Practice” 2nd Edition (Bloomsbury)

Consultant Cohen Cramer/FrontRow Legal

Published chapters on Intellectual Property in Sport and Licensing and Merchandising in “Sport: Law and Practice” 3rd Edition (Tottel)

Westlaw Insight Article “Intellectual Property in Sport”

Consultant Lupton Fawcett

Director Lupton Fawcett

Awarded ILM Exceptional Trainer Certificate

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