Ashley Roughton

This is the website of Ashley Roughton. I am an intellectual property barrister specialising in Patents, Designs, Trade Marks, Copyright and Data Protection. I am available to do all kinds of IP work in the UK. I can accept instructions from members of the public and persons other than solicitors.

Scroll down for a full description of my practice and a copy of my CV, details of how to contact me, to see what I have been doing recently and to see my qualifications.

My academic thesis and dissertations are at the bottom of this page, if you are interested.

Practice Areas

Intellectual property: patents (mechanical, chemical and biotechnological), trade marks (both registered and passing off), breach of confidence and restraint of trade, competition generally and also involving either a technical element or intellectual property, copyright (media, entertainment, industrial designs and fashion), licensing of all types, crime (prosecuting and defending section 107 (piracy), 92 (counterfeiting) and 297 (bootlegging) matters as well as consumer protection matters) and matters with a technical content, registered and un-registered designs, semiconductor topographies, border and customs controls.

Data protection proceedings: both criminal and civil (in court and before the Information Commissioner and Information Tribunal), data subject and data controller issues, private investigator and dustbin delving issues (including questions relating to solicitors and insurers instructing private investigators and maintaining fraud or fraud detection databases). I am on the exam board for PDP training’s practitioner certificate in Data Protection.

Sale of goods and commercial agency questions.

Medicines control (both applications, licensing and criminal aspects).

Computer related crime, computer related contracts and contracts of a complex or technical nature, Computer misuse and data protection. I have both prosecuted and defended a variety of computer related criminal actions brought at the behest of a number of organisations including the CPS, the Business Software Alliance, The Federation Against Software Theft and the Serious Fraud Office. I am a member of the Federation Against Software Theft Legal Advice Group.

Intellectual property aspects of European law and competition and the jurisdiction and judgments regulation.

Curriculum Vitae



Ashley Roughton
10 The Orchard
Bedford Park
W4 1JX

Tel: 0208 742 1504
Mob: 07956 532 307

skype: roughton.ashley

Recent Activity

Representing claimant in confidential information case concerning seismic data exclusivity. Representing the estates of an artist of significant repute in an arbitration on copyright entitlement. Representing a software developer in proceedings regarding entitlement and copyright ownership. Represented insurance company against its bankers for misuse of confidential information and breach of privacy rules (case heard and won). Representing a software and hardware services purchaser in proceedings regarding quality of service in a large scale migration for a large institutional client. Representing various large institutional clients in data protection. Representing client in relation to copyright in and confidentiality of seismic data.


Take a look at my Qualifications:

  • Mechanical Engineering - (King’s College London) - B.Sc(Eng)(Hons)(Lond) – 2:1
  • Engineering - (Christ's College, Cambridge) - Ph.D. (Cantab) - Passed, minor revision (done on the day of the exam).
  • Law - Dipl.Law (PCL) - Pass.
  • Law - Bar Finals - Competent.
  • Economics of Regulation and Competition - M.Sc (Econ)(City) - Pass.
  • Chemistry - B.Sc(Open)(Mol Sci) - 2:1 (specialisms: Quantum Mechanics and Molecular Biology; final year dissertation: Peptidomimetic drugs for Alzheimer's Disease).


Below are PDF downloadables of my dissertations: