The law and much more

Supporting you with an effective strategy and a tailored approach


Why choose carnot avocats?

Because the sheer diversity of the legal profession and our acquired experience have made us naturally curious and shown us the value of synthesis and supervision.

Because we believe that offering litigation and consultancy services on a separate, fragmented basis is an unnecessary cost for clients, who need strategic support and someone to defend them, all of which we offer.

Multi-disciplinary areas of expertise

CARNOT Avocats - Availability and innovation in the provision of legal support

Carnot Avocats supports public and private organisations and individuals with their projects and plans.  

Its teams have the ability to deploy comprehensive solutions taking account of the wide diversity of available legal expertise.

Our goal is to offer a new and tailored approach in this sector and in the way law is practised, to meet each client’s specific needs.

We use all aspects of the law to provide you with a bespoke support package.

Carnot Avocats are involved in both the public and private spheres, in litigation and consultancy throughout the whole of Metropolitan France but also in the overseas territories and departments or internationally.

Why choose Carnot Avocats?

Initially based at 3, rue Président Carnot in the second arrondissement of Lyon, Carnot Avocats came about thanks to the meeting of its partners and their joint wish to create a law firm combining professional discipline with a professional conscience. Its motto was “Be serious without taking yourself too seriously”. This slogan continues to inspire our team even today!

35 years on, and we’ve kept the name as a tribute to this meeting, which created our team and forged its identity!

Anticipating and preventing risks

Incorporating all legal aspects from the very start of your projects and turning what would be an apparent constraint into a source of added value for you.

Supporting the development and growth of your projects by providing you with suitably adapted legal resources, enabling you to focus on the operational aspects of your work.

Inspecting, checking and auditing the different legal aspects of your activities and projects to provide you with security vis-à-vis your partners, competitors and the supervisory authorities, while flagging any possible difficulties.

Attenuating and resolving disputes

Helping you to find smart and effective solutions to bring about a win-win situation thanks to out-of-court dispute resolution techniques: mediation, conciliation, collaborative law.... but also defending your teams and projects in litigation proceedings, as both applicants and defendants, in France and abroad, through a network of foreign correspondents.

Managing change and overcoming crises

Taking account of changes and transformations, working with you to overcome crises, managing and overcoming difficulties through the use of negotiated, rational and if necessary court-imposed solutions.

We have worked on the following cases:


    CARNOT AVOCATS’ teams provided support for a major association involved in home help and personal assistance, which had a large number of employees, helping it to manage its difficulties through insolvency proceedings, the outcome of which was to be the disposal of its various sites. The difficulties were considerable: a loss of confidence on the part of the staff in their manager, cash flow problems, lack of support from public partner organisations in this area of activity and the need for the association to rapidly dispose of 8 separate sites. All of the sites were disposed of and 90% of the employees’ jobs were saved.


    For 30 years, CARNOT AVOCATS’ teams have been managing tense situations and crises which sometimes upset the fine balance between ensuring the continuity of public services and expressing social discontent through the right to strike or the right of employees to withdraw their services, taking care to always seek to understand the challenges and motivations of the different stakeholders involved, proposing solutions which look beyond the basic dispute at hand. The teams have therefore acquired the recognition and admiration of the various parties involved, developing effective strategies to manage the present difficulty while also never losing sight of the need for future cooperation and collaboration. They have demonstrated their ability to understand the challenges and factors underlying conflict situations and always offer consensual crisis resolution solutions while managing the environment surrounding the crisis, and particularly the media coverage.


    For around a decade, CARNOT AVOCATS’ teams have assisted a property developer with the development of a shopping centre: verification of planning authorisations, construction and insurance -related disputes, change of site manager, establishment and negotiation of leases of all kinds, voluntary and court-imposed cancellations, assistance with the signature of contracts with suppliers of goods and services, voluntary and court-imposed settlement of disputes with neighbours (rights of way, isolation, disturbance)

See all of our case studies

Key Data

Pôles d’expertise


Areas of expertise

Années d’existence


Years of existence

dossiers traités


cases handled

années d’expérience cumulées


combined years’ experience

A network of professionals allowing the collaborative establishment of an adapted task force

Our team

  • Equipe Factice

Our partner


Cabinet d'avocats à Lyon et Paris spécialisé en droit des sociétés, droit fiscal & droit social.

12 Rue de la République, 69002 Lyon

Carnot Avocats & EcoTree

Aware of our Social and Ecological Responsibilities, we have signed a partnership with EcoTree.fr