David Cran > RPC > London, England > Lawyer Profile


Work Department

Technology, IP and commercial


Partner in the Technology, IP and commercial group. David specialises in technology, intellectual property, confidential information, data and related commercial issues, with significant experience in both disputes and transactions. His industry sector expertise includes IT/telecoms, financial services, retail, media/digital media, energy, manufacturing and life sciences. He frequently advises on international matters, particularly involving the US, Europe and Asia.

David is described in the leading independent directories as “technically polished”, “very commercial” and “a class act”.


Trained Gouldens; qualified 2001; Jones Day 2003-2008; Reynolds Porter Chamberlain LLP 2008; partner 2009.


Law Society Technology and Law Committee; City of London Law Society (CLLS) IP Committee; Society for Computers and Law (SCL); ICT Arbitration Club; International Trademark Association (INTA); Supervising Solicitor – London Litigation Solicitors Association.


Sullivan Upper, Northern Ireland; Hertford College, Oxford (1997 MA (Oxon), First Class); Nottingham Law School (LPC, distinction); Bristol University IP Diploma.


Sports; reading.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Industry focus > TMT

(Leading individuals)

David CranRPC

RPC‘s TMT group is well known for its work for clients in the technology sector, from start-ups to the biggest names in the industry. The firm provides support on the full spectrum of matters, from contract and regulatory advice to fundraising and M&A transactions and through to dispute resolution, where it has an especially good reputation in technology litigation and acting for media defendants. Jeremy Drew leads the team, bringing broad experience across contentious and non-contentious technology matters. Senior partner Oliver Bray is a key contact for prominent technology clients, and is well known for his wide commercial expertise, which extends to digital, consumer, advertising, data protection, regulatory, and content issues. David Cran heads up the technology disputes practice, while Mark Crichard leads on complex contracts and outsourcings.

London > Risk advisory > Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity

Major tech, social media and publishing companies such as Google, Meta, Twitter and Associated Newspapers turn to RPC for assistance with data privacy litigation, cybersecurity incident response and compliance matters. Jon Bartley offers ‘excellent guidance and support in respect of data protection requirements’ while data dispute litigator Rupert Cowper-Coles is recommended for subject access requests and right to be forgotten claims. Richard Breavington has extensive expertise in data breach response and David Cran is a key contact for tech disputes.

London > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design

High-profile contentious IP matters in the retail, fashion, media, sports and technology sectors are where RPC excels. With a number of long-standing clients and an international reach, the team regularly advises on copyright and trade mark infringements before the High Court. The practice is co-led by Jeremy Drew, who maintains a broad practice, and David Cran, who specialises in technology disputes and transactions. Ciara Cullen co-leads the food and beverage sector group and is also a retail disputes specialist. Trade mark specialist Ben Mark has extensive expertise in enforcement work, licensing agreements and passing off claims.