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Alastair Shaw


Alastair Shaw
Practice Group
Intellectual Property

Alastair (Al) Shaw has 20 years’ experience litigating trademark, copyright, design, and trade secrets cases. He is counsel in the firm's London office and a member of the firm's global, award-winning Intellectual Property, Media & Technology (IPMT) practice. Al's caseload often has an international element, including cross-border jurisdictional challenges and the co-ordination of parallel proceedings in multiple jurisdictions. He also has the rare experience of executing of search orders to secure evidence. Al's practice ranges across international rights owners' anti-counterfeiting strategies, civil and criminal enforcement in the UK, to matters in the High Court and Court of Appeal.

After an undergraduate degree in Oceanography at Southampton University, Al trained with the firm and holds a diploma in IP law from the University of Bristol. As a solicitor-advocate, Al has higher rights of audience at all levels of the English civil court system. He also represents injured British service personnel, pro bono, in compensation appeal hearings, on behalf of The Royal British Legion, recently helping a client to achieve the near £600,000 maximum statutory compensation available from the British Government.

Al's a member of 'One of the best all-round IP groups in London? - dynamic partners supported by very able and hard-working associates'


Representative experience

Representing a global securities trading business in relation to trade secrets and copyright infringement issues.

Advising a major pharmaceutical company on contentious trade mark issues.

Representing a major multinational engineering group in a breach of confidence/trade secrets litigation.

Representing Stichting BDO in a High Court trade mark infringement action against BDO Unibank, Inc. [2013] EWHC 418 (Ch)

Representing FremantleMedia in High Court copyright litigation concerning the 'Idols' and 'The X Factor' TV formats.

Advising Skype in relation to worldwide contentious trade mark issues.

Obtaining a search order and pursuing committal proceedings for breach of it.

Advising licensees on the operation of the Copyright Licensing Agency and Newspaper Licensing Agency collective licensing schemes.

Representing the patentee in a patent entitlement action concerning plasma lamp technology (Ceravision Limited v Luxim Corporation [2007] R.P.C. 33).

Contentious copyright advice in relation to art exhibitions.

Advising on disputes relating to European Community and UK design rights.

Pharmacia Corp v Merck & Co [2001] (pharma patent infringement on COX-II inhibitors).

Trade mark and know-how licensing in the beverages sector.

Contentious trade mark and domain name work for Prudential against third party mis-use of Prudential core brands.

Education and admissions


  • BSc. Oceanography, University of Southampton
  • Diploma in Intellectual Property Law, University of Bristol


  • Law Society of England and Wales
  • AIPPI (UK branch)
  • Intellectual Property Lawyers Association

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • England and Wales

Court admissions

  • Senior Courts of England and Wales
  • Higher Courts (Civil)

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