Oliver McHugh

Patent Advisor


  • PhD Condensed Matter Physics
  • MPhys (Hons) Theoretical Physics

Oliver is a member of the firm’s tech and engineering practice groups. His work focuses on patent prosecution.

Before joining Swindell & Pearson, Oliver completed a partly industry sponsored PhD at the Condensed Matter Physics doctoral training centre at the University of Bristol, supported by the University of Bath. His research interest was in spin electronics, or alternatively spintronics, a field which attempts to use the phenomena spin of an electron to create next generation devices.

In order to conduct this research, Oliver utilised the high-performance computing facilities to perform fundamental electronic transport calculations for a variety of materials, with a focus on metals that contained impurities or chemically disordered alloys. During this time, Oliver managed to present his work in conferences to both academia and industry and published in academic journals.

Prior to conducting a postgraduate research degree, Oliver graduated with an integrated master’s degree in theoretical physics from the renowned physics department at Lancaster University. In addition to this, he also gained valuable work experience from the department in experimental physics.

Oliver is now enjoying living back in the East Midlands, the area in which he grew up and where his family still live. When he is not working, he can be found strumming his acoustic guitar, painting miniatures or travelling with his partner.