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Daniel Alexander QC


Year of call: 1988
Year of silk: 2003

With over 25 years’ experience of litigation, Daniel has a wide practice focussing on intellectual property law but extending to other areas, including IT and media/entertainment law and a range of international disputes.

Patent work includes most areas of technology. Cases have involved medical and plant biotechnology (including SPCs), pharmaceuticals, chemical process design, telecommunications and mobile phones, medical and analytic equipment, electronics, petroleum engineering apparatus, data transmission and systems design, hydraulic equipment, consumer and household products.

Practice includes EPO, UK Patent Office and CJEU cases as well as appeals to the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.

Media/copyright work includes rights licensing, copyright infringement and internet related cases in all areas, including music, visual arts, print and electronic media. Work includes cases for most major broadcasters.

Prominent trade mark work includes the leading ECJ cases Canon, BMW/Deenik Nichols, Gerolsteiner, Doublemint, Philips/Remington, Davidoff/Levis and Celltech, ASOS/Assos, Fage/Chobani.

His practice encompasses experience in arbitration in a range of tribunals and covering a diverse range of subjects in private and public international law extending to one of the leading cases on interim relief in public international law of recent years.

Additional Information


BA Physics and Philosophy (1st class, Oxford University, 1985). Wilde Prize (jointly) for Philosophy.

Diploma in Law (PCL, 1986). Queen Mother Scholar, Middle Temple.

LLM (Harvard Law School, 1987). Kennedy Scholar. Harlech Award.


Professional qualifications and appointments

Called to the English Bar 1988. Called to the New York Bar 1988.

Queen’s Counsel, 2003.

Deputy High Court Judge, 2006.

Visiting Professor of Law, University College, London, 2007.

Member of the panel for disputes arising under Rules of the Premier League, 2007.

Vice-Chair, Intellectual Property Bar Association, 2007.

Appointed Person under the Trade Marks Act, 2009.


Publications and Lectures

Joint editor/author (currently or previously) of: Modern Law of Copyright (forthcoming); Clerk and Lindsell on Torts; Encyclopedia of United Kingdom and European Patent Law; Guidebook to Intellectual Property Law; Atkin's Court Forms; Heidelberger Kommentar zum UWG. Numerous articles and shorter pieces.

Frequent lectures on IP-related topics including at Oxford University, University College London (Technology and IP LLM course), NYU (US), Munich (EPO), Brussels (EU Parliament), Trier (Richterakademie), Berlin (Boll Stiftung), Vienna (AIPPI), Stockholm, (Swedish Patent Office), Istanbul, Tokyo, Beijing and Singapore (APAA).




Trustee of the Natural History Museum.

Member of Oxford University Law Faculty advisory group.

Trustee of Kennedy Memorial Trust.

Governor, Bedales School.


Member of Commission on Intellectual Property Rights (2001-2002): Member of European Commission advisory group on the Biotechnology Patents Directive (2003): Trustee of the National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts (2000-2006) - Chair of the Invention/Innovation and Finance/Audit Committees; Co-opted member of Bar Council and disciplinary panels (various dates).


  • What the Directories Say
  • "He has got an incredible mind, he is wonderfully articulate and he is incredibly accessible" "A smooth-as-silk silk who is willing and able to take a difficult case and find winning points in it. He sees the bigger picture, and clients like him because he's a great cross-examiner with a very delicate touch"
    Chambers & Partners (Intellectual Property) 2017

    "A very strong practitioner who is very fluent, thoughtful and strategic." "He's excellent both on a personal level and in terms of his advocacy and legal insight"
    Chambers & Partners (Information Technology) 2017

    "A barrister with a great mind who is very friendly"
    Chambers & Partners (Media & Entertainment) 2017

    "He provides clear, well-thought-through and commercial advice"
    Legal 500 (IT and Telecoms) 2017
    "An exceptional silk, who is able to look at matters from a judge's, advocates's and client's perspective"
    Legal 500 (Intellectual Property) 2017

    "He works extremely well in teams and approaches work with good humour and a positive attitude."
    Legal 500 (Media and entertainment) 2017

     "An excellent advocate and very capable adviser"
    Legal 500 (Intellectual Property) 2016

    "He has a good sense of how judges will be thinking"
    Legal 500 (Media and entertainment) 2016

    "He has a good demeanour and interaction style with solicitors and clients"
    Legal 500 (IT and Telecoms) 2016

    "He is a polished, accomplished advocate." "You always turn to Daniel Alexander for any knotty issues on the copyright side."
    Chambers & Partners (Media & Entertainment) 2016

    "Very good indeed - he is sensible, knowledgeable and a vey fine opponent"
    Chambers & Partners (Information Technology) 2016

    "Brilliant at handling complex cases that others make seem convoluted. He identifies the key issues and pares them down with apparent effortlessness" "Charismatic and great with clients"
    Chambers & Partners (Intellectual Property) 2016

    "Recommended for handling complex technological patent disputes"
    Legal 500 (IT and Telecoms) 2015

    "He knows his cases inside out, no stones are left unturned in his preparation"
    Legal 500 (Media and entertainment) 2015

    "Has enjoyed a career in IP few silks can match, and has appeared in many of the most significant patent, trade mark and copyright actions of the past 20 years"
    Chambers & Partners (Intellectual Property) 2015

    "Extremely well regarded and an absolutely superb advocate" "He understands how judges' minds work, so knows how to manage the court really well"
    Chambers & Partners (Information Technology) 2015

    "Admired for his his work in digital technology cases. Judges trust him because he only runs the best points"
    Chambers & Partners (Media & Entertainment) 2015

    "He is quite simply superb, and one of the very best at the patent bar"
    Legal 500 (Intellectual Property) 2015