David Cran > RPC > London, England > Lawyer Profile


Work Department

Technology, IP and Commercial


Partner and Head of IP and Tech.

Experienced and commercially focussed, David Cran works closely with clients to resolve their IP, technology and commercial issues.

David specialises in IP, technology and commercial matters, with significant experience in both disputes and transactions.

David advises on all areas of intellectual property, confidential information, IT/software and commercial issues. His work covers a wide range of industry sectors, including retail, financial services, insurance, IT/telecoms, media/digital media, energy, manufacturing and life sciences. David frequently advises on international matters, particularly involving the US, Europe and the Far East, including coordinating multi-jurisdictional disputes and deals.

David is recommended in the leading legal directories for IP and technology, including in ChambersLegal 500Who’s Who LegalWorld Trademark Review and IAM Patent, having been described as “technically polished“, “very commercial” and “a class act“.

David is named in The Lawyer’s Hot 100 2023.


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


Member of the City of London Law Society (CLLS) IP Committee

Member of the International Trademark Association (INTA)

Member of the Society for Computers and Law (SCL)

Member of the ICT Arbitration Club

Supervising Solicitor on the London Litigation Solicitors Association (LSLA) list

Co-author of Getting the Deal Through – Copyright global guide


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 > Risk advisory > Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity

RPC counts major tech, social media, and newspaper companies among its impressive roster of clients, handling the full range of contentious and non-contentious matters for clients including Meta, Google, TikTok, and the BBC. Jon Bartley leads on data advisory matters, with a sector focus on retail and technology. Richard Breavington takes point on cyber matters, while Rupert Cowper-Coles and David Cran are the key names for data and tech disputes. Also in the core team is Oliver Bray, whose practice has a particular focus on data issues relating to digital media and online retail. The ‘oustanding’ Joe Lippitt was elevated to the partnership in May 2023 and is also recommended.

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

Noted for its ‘ability to navigate complex legal and regulatory issues’, RPC’s areas of expertise include IP disputes, global trade mark portfolio management, as well as recent involvement in copyright infringement claims. The team is particularly active in the retail, tech, media and sport sectors. Co-lead and ‘great strategist’ Jeremy Drew is well-versed in both contentious and non-contentious IP, and fellow co-head David Cran strengthens the team with his capabilities across a broad array of sectors, from telecoms to retail. ‘Highly pragmatic’ Ciara Cullen has represented various clients in disputes, with particular experience in the food and drink and retail arenas. ‘Hard-working and talented’ Ben Mark’s strengths lie in handling trade marks and passing off matters.

London > Industry focus > TMT

(Leading individuals)

David CranRPC

RPC acts for leading digital platforms, insurance providers and retail businesses on matters relating to media, tech and outsourcing. On the contentious side the team handles disputes while non-contentious work involves providing regulatory advice, commercial agreements and acquisitions. Jeremy Drew is experienced in representing large tech platforms and leads the team while Oliver Bray has market-leading expertise in digital, consumer and advertising. Disputes lawyer David Cran  is experienced in arbitration with support from Keith Mathieson who is involved in media defence. Mark Crichard advises on complex tech and outsourcing contracts. SSSpecialist tech litigator Helen Armstrong has added strength on the contentious side since her arrival from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner in 2022.