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Centre for Commercial Law Studies

Mr Patrick Cahill, Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales


Visiting Fellow


Patrick Cahill is a Visiting Fellow at The Centre for Commercial Law Studies and Associate Legal Counsel at Onfido. He was previously Director of qLegal, in which postgraduate students provide advice on intellectual property and commercial law through workshops, toolkits and one-to-one advice sessions, to tech start-ups and entrepreneurs in East London’s tech-hub.


Research Interests:

  • Models of legal advice delivery to start-ups and entrepreneurs.
  • The relationship between law and emerging technologies.

Examples of research funding:

  • FP7-ICT and Higher Education Innovation Funding (HEIF5)- Research into models of legal advice delivery to start-ups and entrepreneurs.


  • University Entrepreneurship Clinics in the UK and Europe’, forthcoming [2015], IJCLE
  • Walden I., Cummins J. and Cahill P. ‘Knowledge Transfer in Commercial Law, TJJI, Vol 7. No 1: pp 163-176

Public Engagement

  • Patrick is Associate Legal Counsel at Onfido
  • Patrick also supports early stage start-ups and entrepreneurs through numerous Queen Mary Careers Department initiatives.

Speaking engagements 

  • ‘Intellectual Property & University Commercialisation’ Software Sustainability Workshop, Oxford e-Research Centre, University of Oxford, 11 December 2014
  • ‘Increase in university entrepreneurship clinics in Europe, and the iLINC Network’International Journal of Clinical Legal Education, Prague, 25 July 2014
  • Law Society's International Marketplace Panellist ‘Think tech: innovative solutions to traditional problems’ UK, 8 July 2014
  • ‘Approches to clinical legal education’ From Bleak House to Geek House, Brooklyn University, New York, 4 April 2014
  • ‘qLegal and business clinics’ UK Clinical Legal Education Conference, University of Portsmouth 15-16 November 2013

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