Professor Alison Firth

Alison Firth originally read physics at Oxford (St Hugh's College); later she took an MSc in polymer physics and taught physics and mathematics in London and in Lima, Peru. Pursuing an interest in patents, she qualified as a barrister and has practised in intellectual property chambers since 1983 (currently as a door tenant at 7 New Square, Lincoln's Inn).

From 1987 to 2004 Alison was a full time member of the intellectual property law unit at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary, University of London. She was January Term Visiting Professor in the Law School at University of Western Ontario, Canada, in 2005.

From 2005 to 2009 Alison was Professor of Commercial Law at Newcastle Law School, Newcastle University, where she is now a visiting professor. From 1994 to 2007 she was honorary legal adviser to the British Copyright Council. In February 2009, she took up a chair in law at Surrey.

Alison is a contributor to Volume 21(3) Intellectual Property of the Encyclopaedia of Forms and Precedents.

Practice areas


  • Bar of England and Wales
  • British Copyright Council
  • British Literary and Artistic Copyright Association
  • Chartered Institute of Patent Agents
  • Competition Law Association
  • Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys
  • Intellectual Property Bar Association
  • ius commune' legal research school (established by university law schools of Leuven, Utrecht, Maastricht and Amsterdam)
  • Association of Teachers and Researchers in Intellectual Property
  • Arts and Humanities Research Council
  • Middle Temple
  • Royal Society of Arts
  • Society of Legal Scholars


  • MSc
  • MA

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