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:


    For 10 years, CARNOT AVOCATS’ teams supported the manager of a travel agency group whose companies had been forced into insolvency due to international events which had hit its business hard. The support initially concerned the choice and implementation of procedures best suited to the companies’ situations, which ended with sales to a competitor. Next, the law firm assisted the manager concerning the activation of undertakings with respect to sureties by which it was bound and obtained the cancellation of part of these undertakings. The assistance then concerned legal proceedings initiated against the manager, which ended with an acquittal.


    CARNOT AVOCATS’ teams have helped a listed British company, the UK leader in the distribution of subscriptions for Internet access via satellite, which had no activities in France, to acquire four French companies carrying out similar activities, all of which were in difficulty. On this occasion, the law firm provided advice and information to these successful and fast-growing foreign entrepreneurs concerning the different aspects of the regulations applicable to companies in difficulty. The British company acquired these four businesses in 18 months, and now has a solid base in France from which to continue its growth.


    For 30 years CARNOT AVOCATS’ teams have provided support for civil security organisations with the handling of health and

    social issues in their day-to-day work and in the definition of their operational solutions and resources. They also work alongside organisations and stakeholders operating out in the field, to help them define their intervention policies from a legal viewpoint and to defend these, including in the event of disasters affecting their operation and requiring a suitably adapted and attentive response from staff. As a result, CARNOT AVOCATS’ teams have managed hundreds of legal cases which gave both the management teams and the staff the opportunity to express their requirements but also their likes and dislikes with the constant aim of ensuring that everyone’s viewpoint is heard on an individual basis and in a friendly climate

See all of our case studies

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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