After qualifying as a barrister Alasdair worked for 7 years on patents and licensing within Shell UK. He was a partner in a City of London law firm specialising in intellectual property before returning to Cambridge to join Mills & Reeve. Alasdair has substantial experience on the exploitation of and protection of ideas and research emanating from both public institutions and private companies. He is also a Registered Trade Mark Agent, Registered Patent Agent and a member of the governing Council of the Chartered Institute of Patent Agents. Alasdair read law and natural sciences at Cambridge University (St Catherine's College).