Alexander Carter-Silk resolves complex commercial disputes, negotiates and advises on closure of complex commercial agreements as trusted advisor including: joint ventures, licensing and franchising, transaction and disputes featuring innovative and disruptive technology, multi-jurisdiction intellectual property rights and complex relationships.

Alex is acknowledged by his clients as an accomplished strategist, an original thinker, who develops solutions and strategies for completing the most complex transactions, protecting reputations and resolving complex disputes. He creates innovative business models and structures transactions and rights in ways which harness the beneficial behavioural motivations of the participants and discourage “defection”.

Alex has also assisted management to develop the business assets and rights throughout the business life cycle from innovation to exit through investment rounds, IPO and trade sales. He has been the lead advisor in seminal technology, IP and commercial court cases in multiple jurisdictions over 29 years and advised on many more where the absence of publicity, court appearances or notoriety signals a successful outcome.

His clients encompass a wide variety of technologies and market sectors, public companies, entrepreneurs, family-offices, celebrities, politicians, government, digital technologies, software, life-science, insurers, manufacturing, FINTECH FMCG digital and luxury brands, creative industries, fashion, data, internet of things, artificial intelligence and digital media, for whom he is the trusted advisor.

Alex is listed by Chambers and Partners as a "leading individual" in the field of Intellectual Property Rights, and noted by Chambers and Partners as being very creative and for his "depth of experience and the quality of his advice".



Some of Alex's notable engagements (including representations handled by Alex prior to joining Brown Rudnick) include:

Reed Elsevier v. Reed Employment (trade marks)

SAS v. WPL (copyright in computer languages)

Cala Homes v. McAlpines (copyright in architects plans)

Hyde Park v. Yelland (public interest defence to copyright infringement)

Coventry City Football Club v. Coventry City Council and Others (judicial review)


Keele University – B.A., Hons., Law Economics, 1981

Bar Admissions

Solicitor, England & Wales
Author, "Crypto-Currencies and Insolvency", INSOL World q1 2018, February 2018
Co-author, "The Development of Design Law Past and Future," UK Intellectual Property Office, 24 July 2012
Co-author, "Confusion, Heuristics and the Consumer," British Brands Group, 8 June 2012
"Privacy and Celebrity: A contradiction in terms," Media Law Review, February 14, 2011
Speaking Engagements
"Risk, Cyber and Computer Misuse," Society of Computers and Law, part of Foundations of IT Law Programme, 2 July 2014
"Armageddon and the Cyberghost: Cyber-attacks as acts of war," Gresham College, 28 May 2013
Professional Affiliations
Society of Computers and Law
Competition Law Association
International Trade Mark Association (INTA)
Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (ITMA)
British Brands Group
Awards and Honors
Alex is noted by Chambers & Partners UK 2018 for his experience handling trade mark and copyright litigation, and has particularly deep knowledge of IP with regard to advertising and digital media.
Alex is a recommended lawyer in Legal 500 2017 in the field of Intellectual Property.
Alex is a recommended lawyer in The Legal 500 for Intellectual Property law and is described as a ‘tirelessly inventive in seeking creative solutions to his clients’ legal and commercial problems’. He heads up the team at Brown Rudnick which is praised by The Legal 500 for its 'clear approach and excellent industry knowledge'.
Recognized in the UK edition of the Legal 500 in the areas of Commercial Litigation, Insurance: Corporate & Regulatory, Intellectual Property, IT & Telecoms, and Media & Entertainment
Listed in Chambers & Partners: UK as a "notable practitioner" in the field of Intellectual Property