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Slaughter and May

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David Ives

Work 020 7600 1200
Slaughter and May

Work Department

Intellectual property, outsourcing, information technology.


Partner specialising in outsourcing, information technology and intellectual property. In particular, David advises on strategic IT, telecoms and business process sourcing; software licensing and development agreements, and the IT aspects of M&A transactions, as well as all aspects of IP protection and exploitation, including a particular focus on franchising and sponsorship. He is also an active member of the firm’s Commercial Contracts advisory team.


Trained Slaughter and May; qualified 2001; partner 2009.


Society of Computers and Law; National Outsourcing Association.


Trinity Hall, Cambridge (MA Hons); College of Law, York (Diploma in Legal Practice).


Road and cross-country running, real ale.

London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts

Within: Commercial contracts

Slaughter and May fields 'an impressive range of experts' in strategically-significant, large-scale commercial projects. In the outsourcing arena, its team is highly able in technology-related outsourcings (areas include infrastructure, application and desktop) and more general business-transformational projects (involving areas such as facilities management, manufacturing and business process). The firm is also a strong choice in other high-value and business-critical commercial matters; David Ives and others acted for Tottenham Hotspur in a kit supply and sponsorship agreement with Nike in 2017. In addition, Rob Sumroy and associate Ian Ranson acted for The Salvation Army in the multijurisdictional procurement and rollout of a cloud-based accounting and ERP platform. Elsewhere, the firm has developed a strong specialism in the interplay between outsourcings (and other types of commercial arrangements) and emerging areas such as robotics and artificial intelligence. Duncan Blaikie, who made partner in 2017, demonstrates 'strong commercial awareness and industry knowledge'.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms

Within: IT and telecoms

The 'outstanding' technology and telecoms team at Slaughter and May is 'very responsive, creative and easy to collaborate with'. A team led by technology practice head Rob Sumroy acted for Burberry on outsourcing its global network services, including wireless connectivity and telephony systems, and management of IT security framework, to Verizon Communications. In another highlight the team advised for SoftBank Vision Fund on its investments in two data analytics and artificial intelligence companies Ping An Medical and Healthcare Management and Ping An Healthcare and Technology. David Ives heads the firm's IP and technology practice. Duncan Blaikie was recently promoted to the partnership.

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Within: Sport

Noted for advising high-profile football clients on large, complex matters, the department at Slaughter and May is led by regulatory and transactional expert Andrew Jolly. He and Jane Edwarde acted for Arsenal FC on all its player transfers, and advised it on its agreement with Become Energy to construct and operate a battery storage facility at the Emirates Stadium. Jolly also acted for Everton FC on corporate, commercial, financing and governance matters. Additionally in the football sector, construction specialist Richard Todd and sports expert David Ives assisted Tottenham Hotspur FC with the £800m construction of its new 61,000-seat stadium. Other clients include Goals Soccer Centres and, outside of football, Boat Race Company.

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Cyber security: a matter for the board

June 2016. By David Ives

Almost half of the FTSE 350 businesses surveyed regard cyber attacks as the biggest threat to their business when compared with other key risks. This statistic, taken from the government¬ís latest FTSE 350 Cyber Governance Health Check report published this May, suggests that the message that cyber and data issues are a business, rather than technology, risk is starting to get through. However, the report ¬Ė together with the latest Cyber Security Breaches Report ¬Ė highlights that while some progress is being made, corporate Britain must do more. [Continue Reading]

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