Paul Carlyle > Shepherd and Wedderburn > Edinburgh, Scotland > Lawyer Profile

Shepherd and Wedderburn

Work Department

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.

Lawyer Rankings

Scotland > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property

Shepherd and Wedderburn fields a dedicated media and technology team and a specialised IP litigation group. With particular expertise in the food and drink, sports, energy, entertainment, financial services and life sciences sectors, the group operates at a national and global level from its offices in Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh. Key practitioners include Joanna Boag-Thomson, who focuses on patent and technology licensing work, media issues and brand activations; Paul Carlyle, who leads the media and technology team; and John MacKenzie, who is an experienced litigator.

Scotland > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms

At Shepherd and Wedderburn the IT, media and telecoms practice focuses on assisting its client roster of broadcasters, telecom operators, content owners and technology companies with corporate, commercial and regulatory issues. The group also has a strong contentious offering under John MacKenzie and is active in the regulated sectors of financial services and utilities. Paul Carlyle leads the media and technology team and Joanna Boag-Thomson has specialist knowledge of the utilities sector.

London > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms

The telecoms, technology and media team at Shepherd and Wedderburn, which is split across the firm’s London, Edinburgh and Glasgow offices, leverages its ‘practical experience of working in the telecoms sector on multinational deals‘ to deliver ‘actionable, risk-weighted advice‘. The team is jointly led by London-based regulatory and antitrust specialist Gordon Moir, who has ‘practical experience in a wide range of jurisdictions‘; IP partners Paul Carlyle, who splits his time between London and Edinburgh, and Glasgow-based Joanna Boag-Thomson; and Edinburgh-based commercial litigator John MacKenzie.