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Catriona Smith

Consultant Lawyer

Catriona has been practising IP law for over 35 years and is well-known in the IP world. She teaches and examines on the Oxford University Diploma in IP Law and Practice, on copyright, database rights, designs and IP ownership and licensing.  She is Consultant to the Director of the Diploma, advising on its content.

She has experience of many types of IP litigation and commercial transactions, from small to international court cases, and from pro bono to multi-million-pound deals.

Catriona has lectured widely in the IP field and has written articles on a wide range of IP matters, in a wide range of publications, and enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience with others.

  • 1982-1989 - Clifford-Turner/Clifford Chance: practising a wide range of IP law, from patent litigation to IP-related aspects of corporate deals.
  • 1989-2008 - Allen & Overy LLP: IP and IT litigation; IP and IT aspects of corporate deals; IP and IT based commercial contracts; IP aspects of derivatives, securitisation, restructuring and insolvency work; libel and defamation. Joint head of the firm’s data protection and compliance.  Work included training, coaching and mentoring throughout. Member of the firm’s graduate recruitment programme for many years, interviewing and selecting University students for the firm’s vacation placement and trainee programmes.
  • 2008-2016 - Rouse Legal:  role involved fee-earning and non-fee earning work, with an emphasis on teaching, mentoring and acting as a sounding board for members of the firm at all levels.   Member of the Rouse Legal UK management team. 

Catriona studied Hispanic Languages and Literature at the University of St Andrews, before converting to Law.  She trained at Clifford-Turner, qualified in 1982, and after time at Clifford Chance, moved to Allen & Overy where she was a partner for over 15 years, mostly as head of the IP litigation group.  She moved from Allen & Overy LLP to international IP specialists Rouse, where she acted as a Consultant for over 8 years, and is now with Redd.

Catriona has been a member and Chair of various IP organisations and committees, and has contributed to responses to Government on a range of IP consultations.  She is a regular teacher and writer on IP issues.

She is the Rapporteur to Union-IP, and sits on the council of its UK branch.





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