Christopher Morcom QC

Year called:
Practice areas:
IP, Copyright & Design, Trade Marks
Mediation & Arbitration:

Christopher is a long-established specialist in the field of Intellectual Property, representing clients in the Courts and the Patent Office, advising on a wide range of intellectual property matters.


Christopher is a long-established specialist in the field of Intellectual Property, representing clients in the Courts and the Patent Office. advising on a wide range of intellectual property matters and giving evidence of English law for the purpose of proceedings abroad. Trade marks and related fields, including unfair competition, franchising and merchandising are a particular speciality. He is actively involved with several UK aand international organisations in determining the way forward for IP rights following the EU Referendum.

Christopher has written many articles, in the European Intellectual Property Review and other publications. In 1987 he published a Guide to the then New Law of Service Marks introduced into UK law in 1986. He is the principal author of the Modern Law of Trade Marks (Lexis Nexis), now in its 5th Edition. with co-authors Ashley Roughton and Thomas St Quintin.

Christopher is regarded in Who's Who Legal 2015


Date of call: 1963 (Middle Temple) ; Appointed QC 1991; elected Bencher of  Middle Temple 1996.

An accredited Mediator (ADR Chambers INTA International Panel of Neutrals and the IP and Media Bar ADR Group)

Member of Mauritius Bar

Chairman of Performing Right Society Appeals Panel (2005 - 2009) 



IP Bar Association.
Bar European Group.
ECTA (European Communities Trade Mark Association - a founder Member; member of Law and Harmonisation Committees.
INTA (International Trademark Association) - member since 1981 and of Board of Directors 1998/2000.
AIPPI - Member since 1975; Vice President and Council Member of British Group.
Competition Law Association - founder Member; Chairman 1985 – 1999.
LIDC (International League of Competition Law) - Member since 1977; President 1996-1998, and an Honorary President since 2000.
Intellectual Property Institute - Member of Council and (until 2006) of Board of Directors
Associate Member of ITMA and CIPA.


Qualifications and Regulations


MA (Hons) Trinity College, Cambridge
Bar Finals: First Class; awarded Certificate of Honour
Astbury Scholar of Middle Temple
Member of Mauritius Bar


Christopher 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: 29547)

He has professional indemnity insurance provided by the Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund (BMIF Ref:2190/033). Please refer to the BMIF website for full details of the world-wide cover provided, and the BMIF’s contact details.


Human Interest

Music, including choral singing for many years; long walks.