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David Cunningham

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Commercial and IT.


David is a partner in the commercial practice at Clarion and having spent 15 years working as a non-contentious commercial lawyer in a number of national and international practices. David has experience acting for both customers and suppliers across a number of sectors including the financial services, health and transport sectors each with an emphasis on technology and business process outsourcing. He specialises in technology and business process outsourcing in both the private and public sector and throughout his career has worked on a number of high profile projects for Transport for London (Congestion Charging Scheme), the Department of Health (National Programme for IT), Co-op financial services (Banking Transformation Programme) and the Highways Agency (National and Regional Traffic Information Services). He also works with InterSystems Corporation (a US based healthcare software provider) assisting with all their UK commercial legal work. In the past year David has advised The Highways Agency, The Ministry of Justice, Royal Mail and InterSystems.


Trained Garrets (Anderson Legal); trainee and solicitor, Garrets Anderson Legal 1998-2000; associate and senior associate DLA Piper 2000-06; senior and principal associate Eversheds 2006-2012; director Bond Dickinson 2012-2015; partner Clarion 2015 to date.


Newlands School, Middlesborough; University of Hull (1996 LLB (Hons) 2 (1)); College of Law, York (1997 Legal Practice Course).


Cycling, football including football coaching (Licensed FA level 1 coach).

Yorkshire and the Humber: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire

Within: Corporate and commercial: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire

At Clarion, Jonathan Simms is a key name for M&A issues and regularly acts for corporate finance clients; his recent work includes advising the shareholders of Intermarketing Group on its sale, assisting the shareholders of Walkers Transport with a private equity investment including a management buy-in, and acting on the sale of the issued share capital of Pembrokeshire Resource Centre. Richard Moran and Matthew Hattersley lead the corporate and commercial teams respectively; other noteworthy individuals include commercial partner David Cunningham, who focuses on IT outsourcing projects; and legal director Tony Berry, who is experienced in international M&A. Up Fitness Group and Card Factory are also clients; Cunningham advised the latter on a project to replace all its electronic point of sale systems.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms

Within: IT and telecoms

Matthew Hattersley and Dominic Higham jointly lead Clarion’s practice and specialise in non-contentious and contentious mandates respectively. In a recent highlight, Hattersley assisted Ligentia with its negotiations with John Lewis for the use of its Ligentix software platform. Other work includes Higham representing InterSystems in a Commercial Court claim regarding alleged delivery issues relating to the implementation of a patient records system in a Saudi Arabia-based hospital, David Cunningham advising Card Factory on the replacement of its electronic point of sale systems and Cunningham acting for InterSystems on its successful bid to provide an electronic patient records management system to three Liverpool NHS Trust hospitals. Other key individuals include senior associate Fiona Marr, who focuses on the drafting and negotiation of contracts, and associate Florence Maxwell.

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Within: Sport

Recent highlights for Clarion's David Cunningham included advising Yorkshire County Cricket Club on a sponsorship agreement with Emerald Group for the naming rights to Headingley Stadium. The cross-department team also includes senior corporate partner Richard Moran, whose expertise encompasses the purchase, sale and funding of football and rugby clubs, stadium acquisitions and brand issues; insolvency specialist Ryan Millmore; litigators Simon Young and Dominic Higham; and commercial lawyer Matthew Hattersley.

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