Alastair Wilson QC

Alastair Wilson QC Hogarth Chambers
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Practice areas:
IP, Patents, Copyright & Design, Trade Marks, IT, Media & Entertainment

"He is very bright, a real star for technical cases." Legal 500 2020

"He has phenomenal analytical skills combined with sheer brilliance as an advocate."​  Chambers & Partners 2019

"A formidable advocate."  Legal 500 2017

"He is a man for hard cases. He thinks laterally and dynamically, and challenges the norms"  Chambers & Partners 2017

"He has a way of making clients and judges spellbound by his charm and knowledge."  Legal 500 2016


Alastair Wilson specialises in all aspects of intellectual property and commercial disputes with a technical aspect. He has become familiar over the years with many different technologies, ranging from mechanical devices to microbiology. His experience of copyright and confidential information has led to appearances in a number of important privacy cases. He appears in the Technology and Construction Court, and has also appeared in a number of computer law and electronics cases. (Arising out of Express Newspapers v Liverpool Evening Post, he also advises on Lottery and Gaming matters.)

His cross-examination played a crucial role in his clients’ success in, for example, Designer's Guild v Russell Williams [2000] 1 WLR 2416 (House of Lords – see page 2430), Sabaf v MFI & Ors [2004] UKHL 45 (House of Lords – see paragraghs 31-32) and Just Employment v Just Employment Ltd [2007] WL 2817829 (see paragraph 41).

Alastair is listed by "The Legal 500" and "Chambers and Partners" as a Leading Silk in Information Technology and Intellectual Property.


Directory & Testimonial Quotes

Chambers & Partners 2020  "He provides down-to-earth advice and succeeds in distilling complex issues into a digestible form for clients." 

Chambers & Partners 2019  "He's a very innovative thinker and a creative mind who develops interesting angles on cases. Very good on his feet in court."

Chambers & Partners 2018 "He is very effective, very quick at thinking on his feet and he has a very nice courtroom demeanour." "He is an exceptional and highly experienced IP barrister who is very hard-working."

Chambers & Partners 2017 "He is a man for hard cases. He thinks laterally and dynamically, and challenges the norms." 

Chambers & Partners 2016 "A brilliant IP lawyer who does not rest until he has looked at a problem from every angle." 

Chambers & Partners 2014 "Another seasoned silk at Hogarth whom sources rate for his determination and advocacy skills. He undertakes a variety of cases across a range of technical industries. He has a great courtroom style and his considerable experience gives real confidence to the client. He really gets to grips with the nitty-gritty of the case." 

Chambers & Partners 2012

In Intellectual Property: "Alastair Wilson QC is an experienced and exceptionally able silk with a reputation for being an innovative lateral thinker. He is "very smooth and very bright," and is well equipped to handle a broad range of highly technical IP matters."

In Information Technology: "Alastair Wilson QC brings his formidable intellect to bear on a host of cases. His recent appearances have included MMW v Cellxion, a patent case regarding mobile phone interception equipment."

Legal 500 2021  "Fantastic for highly technical matters."

Legal 500 2020  "He is very bright, a real star for technical cases."

Legal 500 2019  "He handles issues concerning all IP rights, including patent disputes in the technology sector."

Legal 500 2016 "He has a way of making clients and judges spellbound by his charm and knowledge." 

Legal 500 2015 "Charming and brilliant." 

Legal 500 2013 "Alastair Wilson QC is absolutely excellent." 

Legal 500 2011

In Intellectual Property: Alastair is "extremely intelligent and able to get on top of complex legal issues quickly"

In Media and Entertainment: Alastair "has expertise in copyright and confidential information, which has led him to some high-profile cases, including Lucas Film v Ainsworth, involving copyright issues surrounding the costumes in the Star Wars films."


Alastair is regarded in Who’s Who Legal 2015.


Called 1968 (Middle Temple), QC 1987

Called Eire 1977

Called Northern Ireland 1989 (QC)

Recorder 1996

Mathematics and Law at Pembroke College, Cambridge (Exhibition).




Intellectual Property Bar Association


Chancery Bar Association

Chartered Institute of Patent Agents (Associate)


Qualifications and Regulations


Mathematics and Law at Pembroke College, Cambridge (Exhibition).



Alastair is a self-employed, independent barrister whose practice is governed by the Code of Conduct of the Bar of England and Wales. He is registered with the Bar Standards Board of England and Wales (Bar Ref: 18592)