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Slaughter and May

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Work 020 7600 1200
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Beijing, Brussels, Hong Kong, London

Duncan Blaikie

Work 020 7600 1200
Slaughter and May

Work Department

IP/IT, Data Protection, Cyber, Outsourcing


Partner; Duncan advises clients on a full range of intellectual property, technology and strategic sourcing matters, including in relation to digital strategy, emerging technology and fintech. Duncan is also an active member of the firm’s Cyber, Data Protection and Commercial Contracts advisory teams.


Joined Slaugher and May 2007. Partner since 2017.

London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts

Within: Next generation lawyers

Duncan Blaikie - Slaughter and May

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)


Within: Fintech

The 'practical advice' given by Slaughter and May 's 'very commercial, incredibly knowledgeable' team is 'most helpful' and 'always prompt'. Financial services regulatory expert Ben Kingsley and technology and data specialist Rob Sumroy head the group, which counts blockchain, insurtech, regtech and market-scale payments infrastructure as core strengths. Kingsley advised Euroclear on various fintech investments and joint ventures, as well as assisting it with two blockchain projects, including a report into the use of blockchain in the settlement and clearing industry. Another payments mandate saw Thomas Cook Money instruct Kingsley on strategic issues relating to its digitisation. In the start-up space, Robert Innes has helped companies deal with documentation to help engage their customers, Kingsley advised TrueLayer on various commercial and data protection matters, and Innes and Kingsley acted for insurtech company By Miles on all aspects of its growth. Also in this space, Kingsley and Sumroy advised Bupa Customer Labs, acting as an incubator for insurtech start-ups, on various regulatory matters. Other major fintech clients include payments companies and AI providers. IP and technology expert Duncan Blaikie made partner in 2017.

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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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Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

The 'technically strong' intellectual property team at Slaughter and May¬†provides¬†'well-thought-out advice' particularly in strategic, commercial and transactional matters. The group is¬†instructed by Tata Steel Group on complex IP element of the company's ‚ā¨15bn joint venture with¬†thyssenkrupp, this included brand licensing and¬†research and development agreements. In another work highlight, the department acted for¬†Tottenham Hotspur¬† on its kit supply and sponsorship agreement with Nike.¬† Susie Middlemiss¬†heads the practice and has particular expertise in disputes, while¬†Cathy Connolly¬†leads on non-contentious IP matters. Other key names to note include David Ives, particularly for international licensing arrangements, and recently promoted partner Duncan Blaikie.

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