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Shepherd and Wedderburn

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Paul Carlyle

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Shepherd and Wedderburn

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Media and Technology


Paul is a partner and heads the firm’s media and technology team, dividing his time between the London and Edinburgh offices. Paul specialises in intellectual property law and advises clients in all sectors from high technology to branding and media clients. Paul also sits on the intellectual property law reform committee of the Law Society of Scotland.


Articled Shepherd and Wedderburn, Edinburgh 1994-96; assistant Edinburgh and Glasgow 1996-2000; associate Glasgow and London 2000-01; partner 2001 to date.


Law Society of Scotland Intellectual Property Committee; INTA; AIDV.


Edinburgh; University of Aberdeen (1993 LLB Hons); University of Glasgow (1994 DipLP).


Motorcycling, motor racing, music, cycling.

London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms

Within: IT and telecoms

Shepherd and Wedderburn is highlighted for its 'actionable advice, balanced with business acumen and industry knowledge'. Head of telecommunications, Gordon Moir, is leading a team representing BT Global Services in high value follow-on damages claim against Orange in France. In another highlight Joanna Boag-Thomson  advised Satellite Solutions Worldwide on the negotiations of its distributor arrangements with Euro Broadband Retail to expand its operations in the retail market for residential broadband across Europe. Paul Carlyle heads the group's media and technology team which regularly assists financial services sector on ICT procurement projects. Vodafone, Expereo and Sainsbury's Bank are all clients.

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Scotland: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms

Within: IT and telecoms

Shepherd and Wedderburn¬†‚Äėcompares favourably with City firms‚Äô and is noted for its ‚Äėstrong commercial acumen‚Äô in relation to IT and outsourcing mandates. The practice is co-led by Gordon Moir, who specialises in regulatory support in the TMT sector, and Paul Carlyle, whose focus is IT investment in the financial service industry. Moir is acting for European Competitive Telecoms Association (on behalf of the European Commission) in relation to an appeal brought by Orange Polska against the Commission‚Äôs decision to fine the company for abuse of its dominant position. Joanna Boag-Thomson¬†advised Water Plus on a major IT infrastructure procurement project. She is also advising Satellite Solutions Worldwide on the negotiation of its distributor arrangements with Euro Broadband Retail in relation to its expansion into markets in Sweden, Norway, Poland, France, Ireland and the UK. John MacKenzie¬†represented Calsoft in relation to a claim raised by Bayonette in the Technology and Construction Court in London concerning alleged breaches of a contract to provide residential virtual consumer premise equipment and router software to the claimant; an action that was settled by negotiation. Associates Alison Rochester¬†and Ashley McLean¬†are noted for their ‚Äėclear communication skills‚Äô.

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Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

Shepherd and Wedderburn is noted for ‚Äėsensible, efficient advice‚Äô, which is provided by individuals who demonstrate that they ‚Äėknow the practical realities of business as well as the legal necessities‚Äô. Joanna Boag-Thomson, who leads on patent and technology licensing, media and brand activation, is advising the Pernod Ricard group subsidiary, Chivas Brothers, on a number of matters, including the development of the La Distillerie Generale brand in France, which required distribution and co-branding agreements. She is also assisting Winduna on licensing agreements with Oxford University Press in relation to its production of an animated series based on the Winnie the Witch books. Paul Carlyle¬†leads the media and technology team and assists the National Trust for Scotland with the protection of its trade mark portfolio. John MacKenzie¬†is representing RSVP Design in trade mark infringement proceedings that the client raised against Future Factory, in the Court of Session, relating to its colourblind trade mark. ‚ÄėExtremely professional‚Äô associate Ashley McLean¬†is also recommended.

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Within: Sport

Noted for ‚Äėgood legal advice‚Äô, Shepherd and Wedderburn's practice is led by Paul Carlyle, who specialises in IP, branding, sponsorship, commercial partnerships and media rights in the sports industry. He drafted, negotiated and advised The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews on a variety of commercial contracts for the 146th Open at Royal Birkdale in 2017. He also advised Walton Heath Golf Club on the providsions of an agreement with the PGA European Tour to host the British Masters tournament in October 2018. Associate Alison Rochester¬†is another key practitioner, with extensive commercial experience in sport.

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