Shireen Smith

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Shireen qualified as a solicitor in 1985 and began to focus on IP, IT, trademarks and copyright as an in house lawyer at Reuters in the late 80s. She has extensive practical experience of intellectual property and technology law and solid academic credentials, including a Masters in Intellectual Property law from QMW, London University. Shireen is consistently praised for the depth of her expertise and pragmatic, accessible advice.

Having developed a good grasp of the IP issues relevant to blue chip companies, she then applied that knowledge to working with start-ups and SMEs once she founded Azrights in 2005.

Contentious and non-contentious work

Shireen has been exposed to a wide range of contentious and non-contentious IP, IT and internet law matters. Consequently, she is commercial, and well placed to help turn your ideas into intellectual property assets through registration and contractual documentation. She is also exceptionally suitable for handling disputes as she is known for her skill in achieving a quick and cost effective resolution for those disputes that are capable of being settled out of court. And where litigation is the only sensible business decision, Shireen’s ability to be tough, and to stand her ground would make her a formidable opponent in litigation.

Given her expertise in IP and IT matters copyright, trademarks, patents, trade secrets, designs, privacy, software development and licensing and more, Shireen is able to quickly identify the skills and expertise any dispute requires so as to put together the right team of experts to address it.

Great teams to handle any dispute

Shireen works with a variety of Counsel to suit every type of litigation matter. These have been hand-picked over the years so that whether your matter requires a high flying junior barrister, or a solid established QC, Shireen can pick the right individual to help achieve your desired outcome. Her solid understanding of the litigation process, and ability to pull together great teams to handle a dispute makes her the ideal choice of lawyer for contentious issues

Shireen has written many articles and been published by the Society for Computers and Law, Caritas, Bloomsbury, Informa and others. She is also author of the bestselling books, Legally Branded, which was published in 2012, and Intellectual Property Revolution, published in 2015. both books have had a number of 5 star reviews on Amazon, and aim to offer accessible information on IP and internet law to business owners.


Shireen frequently speaks at events for entrepreneurs, branding professionals and lawyers on intellectual property, internet law, trademarks, domain names, and other brand matters.
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