Alastair Rawlence

Senior Trademark Attorney

Manchester office
+44 (0)161 281 3000

Alastair Rawlence is a UK Chartered Trademark Attorney, a European Trademark Attorney and Barrister (non-practising) with more than 20 years’ experience in IP. Based in Novagraaf’s Manchester office, he is widely acknowledged as one of the leading practitioners in the North West of England.

Alastair has extensive knowledge and experience within the field of IP, and focuses predominantly on contentious matters and the resolution of national and international IP disputes. He specialises, in particular, on IP enforcement in the fashion, entertainment, IT, beverages and pharmaceutical sectors.

Career history

Alastair is a Law Graduate from Liverpool University and was called to the Inner Temple in 1985. Prior to entering IP practice, he held senior positions in the advertising and international marketing sectors.

Work highlights

Alastair manages brand enforcement and anti-counterfeiting campaigns for a number of leading fashion brands.

He represents and advises the world’s leading tattoo artist on copyright and IP issues connected with tattoos, particularly those adorning celebrities.

He advises clients on IP issues relating to international licensing agreements.
Alastair was also a key adviser on branding issues relating to the famous Hacienda club in Manchester.


Alastair is a member of CITMA, INTA, PTMG and the Inner Temple.


  • English
  • Portuguese

Areas of expertise

  • Dispute resolution
  • Litigation management
  • Trademark registration and portfolio management
  • Registered and unregistered designs
  • Copyright
  • IP strategy
  • Joint Venture Agreements
  • Confidential information

Industry specialisms

  • Drinks/beverages
  • Fashion & textiles
  • Life Sciences & biotech (pharma, medical devices, biosensors)
  • Software & IT


Alastair is recognised as one of the UK’s most experienced advocates at the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO).

Alastair was listed as one of the top 25 trademark attorneys to appear before the IPO in 2010-2014.

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A question of pride

Support for diversity and inclusion or simply opportunistic 'rainbow-washing'? What does corporate use of the iconic PRIDE rainbow mean for the credibility of an iconic symbol?

By Alastair Rawlence,
A question of pride

Brexit and unregistered design rights

The UK has recently released a Draft UK-EU Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement which is intended to form the basis for discussions with the EU. Alastair Rawlence outlines the implications for unregistered Community design rights in the EU and supplementary unregistered design rights in the UK.

By Alastair Rawlence,
Brexit and unregistered design rights

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